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2nd Meeting, 84th Session of Committee on Urban…

2nd Meeting, 84th Session of Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management
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The eighty-fourth session of the UNECE Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management will take place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva from 4 to 6 October 2023. The eighty-fourth session of the Committee will support regional exchange of experiences and good practices on promoting affordable, adequate and climate-neutral housing and inclusive, circular, smart and sustainable cities.
5. Matters arising since the last Committee session
  • Outcomes of the UNECE Commission session (Geneva, 18-19 April 2023); the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the ECE Region (Geneva, 29-30 March 2023); and UNECE engagement in the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (New York, 10-19 July 2023). Planning participation in the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference or Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP28) – Paola Deda, Director, Forests, Land and Housing Division, UNECE 
  • Information on the planning of the Eighth Asia-Pacific Urban Forum convened by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) (Suwon City, South Korea, 22-26 October 2023) - Curt Garrigan, Chief, Sustainable Urban Development Section, Environment and Development Division, UN ESCAP, Bangkok, Thailand
  •  Outcomes of the Second United Nations Habitat Assembly (Nairobi, Kenya, 5-9 June 2023) and information on the Twelfth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF12) (Cairo, November 2024) and possible engagement of the Committee in WUF12 events – Graham Alabaster, UN-Habitat Geneva office 
Deliberations and decisions by the Committee 6. Review of the implementation of the programmes of work 2022 and 2023: (a) Implementation of the United for Smart Sustainable Cities Initiative 
  • Activities of the United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) initiative - Mythili Menon, International Telecommunication Union, U4SSC secretariat
 Information on UNECE activities as part of the U4SSC initiative:
  •  Building on the recommendations of the smart sustainable cities Profile Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, by upgrading informal settlements – Mirlanbek Baigonchokov, First Deputy-Mayor, City of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • Key outcomes and recommendations of the draft Smart Sustainable Cities Profile: Podgorica, Montenegro – Stefan Đukić, Senior Advisor, City of Podgorica, Montenegro 
  • Key outcomes and recommendations of the draft Smart Sustainable Cities Profile: Almaty, Kazakhstan – Andrey Shovkoplyas, Chair of the Board of Almaty Development Centre, Almaty, Kazakhstan 
Recommendations for the way forward for the UNECE engagement in the topic of smart sustainable cities and in the U4SSC:
  • Digital Transformation and Security – challenges for smart sustainable and creative cities - Professor Dimitrios D. Vergados, Director of the M.Sc. Programme "Digital Culture, Smart Cities, IoT and Advanced Digital Technologies"; and UNESCO Chair Holder: "Creative Cities in Motion: Urban Sustainable Mobility and Utilization of Cultural Resources", Hellenic Authority for Communication Security and Privacy (ADAE), Athens, Greece
  • Comments from the side of the private sector – Olzhas Sartayev, Head of Special Economic Zone "Innovative Technologies Park", Almaty, Kazakhstan • Comments on the U4SSC activities and experiences in supporting smart sustainable cities in the ESCWA region – Sukaina Abdul Ilah AlNasrawi, Social Affairs Officer, Sustainable Urban Development Lead, Gender Justice, Population and Inclusive Development, ESCWA, Beirut, Lebanon 
Deliberations and decisions by the Committee 6 (b) Building urban resilience through action plans, nature-based solutions, innovative and green financing 
  •  Outcomes of the joint side event "Supporting cities in urban resilience building for inclusive responses and recovery from natural, man-made disasters, internal and external shocks" and next steps in the cooperation of the UN Regional Economic Commissions to promote urban resilience – Jalal Abdel-Latif, Acting Section Chief, Urban Development Section, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 
Tools and case studies to support urban resilience building:
  • Urban greening and nature-based solutions in cities - Liliana Annovazzi-Jakab, Chief of the joint ECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section, Forests, Land and Housing Division, UNECE
  • Principles for Green Financing for Sustainable Real Estate, Infrastructure and Urban Transformation Projects – Mr. Giampiero Bambagioni, Urban Economist, Head of Scientific and International Activities, Tecnoborsa Scpa; Lecturer, Faculty of Architecture, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
  •  Promoting inclusive urban regeneration - Javier Torner, Lead, Planning, Finance and Economy Section, Global Solutions Division, UN-Habitat
  • Urban Charter of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities - Christina Binder, Bundeswehr University of Munich, Germany; and member of the Congress Group of Independent Experts on the European Charter of Local Self-Government, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Council of Europe
 Deliberations and decisions by the Committee 6 (c) Voluntary Local Reviews: measuring progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals at the local leve
  • Information on the Local2030 Initiative and opportunities for the support to the localization of the SDGs in ECE member States - Shipra Narang Suri, Chief, Urban Practices Branch, Global Solutions Division, UN-Habitat and Chair of the Local2030 Initiative
  • OECD work on SDG Voluntary Local Reviews - Stefano Marta, Coordinator, Territorial Approach to the SDGs, Cities, Urban Policies and Sustainable Development Division, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Paris, France 
  • Preliminary outcomes of the testing of the Guidelines for the Development of Voluntary Local Reviews in the ECE Region within the UNDA project "Voluntary local reviews: evidence for greener, resilient, and sustainable urban recovery in Eastern European and Central Asian countries in transition" and recommendations for UNECE activities in the future - Alexandre Hedjazi, Deputy Director, International Affairs; and Senior Lecturer, Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva; and Matteo Tarantino, Senior Researcher, University of Geneva, Switzerland 
Deliberations and decisions by the Committee