Second International Workshop on Urbanisation and the SDGs

Dec 16th, 2014 - Dec 17th, 2014 • Surabaya, Indonesia
Second International Workshop on Urbanisation and the SDGs

The first international expert workshop organized by post2015 project was held earlier this year in Jakarta with participation from academia, government, NGO and the private sector. During the first workshop, participants have prioritized the key challenges for sustainable cities and the challenges associated with migration, education, employment, capacities for urban planning, and the governance of cities.

On the 16th of December this year the post2015 project, in collaboration with University of Surabaya (UBAYA), will convene the second International workshop to deepen and extend the discussion on urbanization. This time, the workshop will gather about 30 participants including experts in urban sustainable development from 8 countries representing the academia, international organizations, and the government in Surabaya, Indonesia.

Surabaya, which is the birthplace of Indonesia’s first president Soekarno, is also the second biggest city in Indonesia with population of over 3 million people. The growing city population in less developed economies will be the place where most of the world’s population will dwell. Challenges following urbanization do not only include rapid and high demand of infrastructure and basic utilities such as water, energy and food supply but also people’s mobility. Anticipating continued urbanization, mass transportation will need to be at a much greater degree of efficiency. People’s life-style will also change along with the dynamics of a city life. Production will need to be more resource-efficient and the treatment of waste will be more challenging than ever.

The open working group has introduced a proposal for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) where one of the goals focus on making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. In the Surabaya workshop, experts will share their latest research and ideas on the implementation of the expected SDGs, for example on actions to realize household sanitation, resilient shelters, sustainable management of rainwater, renewable energy projects, development of mass transportation, and the monitoring of SDGs in cities through participatory processes. After sharing ideas through presentations and discussions, workshop participants will work in groups to roadmap the application of SDGs; what needs to be done, how, by whom, when, and how can we monitor progresses.

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to observe a pilot-project of monitoring sustainable development in a community in Surabaya. In this opportunity, participants will have the chance to see first hand the challenges for national, regional, and international scale monitoring of sustainable development in cities.

For more information and updates about the workshop, visit the workshop preparation team website. Participation is by invitation only.

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