Highlights and images for 11 February 2020



Dialogue sessions continued in the morning. One explored the ability of cities to manage conflicts between tradition and modernity and to maximize their convergence for sustainable economic, social, and environmental outcomes. A second dialogue considered: frontier technologies and how they relate to cities; initiatives that are required to close the digital divide; risks related to frontier technologies vis-à-vis protection of human rights; and which technologies hold the most promise for achieving Sustainable Development Goal 11 (SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities) and the New Urban Agenda (NUA).During lunchtime, UN-Habitat launched another of its flagship programmes in a Sustainable Urban Development Now session. The RISE UP: Resilient Settlements for the Urban Poor initiative will aim to mobilize and coordinate large-scale investments in climate change adaptation and resilience for the urban poor.Throughout the afternoon, side events and special sessions convened. A parliamentarians’ roundtable was held where parliamentarians and stakeholders from around the world dedicated to sustainable urban development assessed mechanisms to review legislation for its compatibility with core international and national principles, as well as the SDGs and NUA. Another roundtable was held with civil society and grassroots organizations to consider collaborative and institutional mechanisms to enhance stakeholder engagement, and make recommendations for policy and practical measures to enhance civil society and grassroots engagement in culture and innovation in cities.

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Dialogue 3: Tradition and Modernity: A Creative Convergence for Sustainable Cities
Laila Robledo, Municipality of Malvinas Argentinas
Marta Eugenia Juárez Ruiz, Ambassador of Costa Rica in Kenya
Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Haoliang Xu, UN Development Programme (UNDP)
The panel joins moderator Joan Erakit on the dais.
Joyati Das, University of Melbourne
Moderator Joan Erakit
Katherine Kline, General Assembly of Partners (GAP) Older Persons
Ahmad Zaki Sarfaraz, Mayor of Kabul
The second panel (L-R):
Andrea Carmen, International Indian Treaty Council;
Ege Yildirim, International Council on Monuments and Sites;
Jitendra Bothara, Miyamoto New Zealand;
Julianne Polanco, California Office for Historic Preservation;
Moderator Joan Erakit
Sandra Piesik, architect
Ege Yildirim, International Council on Monuments and Sites
Andrea Carmen, International Indian Treaty Council
A participant takes notes.

Participants pose questions from the floor.

Dialogue 4: Frontier Technologies and Innovation for Inclusive, Sustainable and Resilient Smart Cities
Fabrizio Hochschild Drummond, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the UN's 75th Anniversary
Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director, UN-Habitat
Khalid Abdul Samad, Minister for Federal Territories, Malaysia
Participants listen to the presentation.
Panelists join moderator Jasmine Pang on the dais.
Martine Abel-Williamson, World Blind Union
John Paul Farmer, City of New York
Meera Al Shaikh, Smart Dubai
Ayona Datta, University College London
Sustainable Urban Development Now: Resilient Settlements for the Urban Poor
Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji
Aniruddha Dasgupta, World Resources Institute
Mariusz Rohr-Gasztecki, Poland
A comment from the floor
Victor Kisob, UN-Habitat
Shipra Narang Suri, UN-Habitat, chats to participants.

Participants listen to the discussion.

Civil Society Organizations and Grassroots Roundtable
Moderator Patricia Peiró Aso
Talib Ahmed Bensouda, Mayor of Kanifing
Monica Ramirez, Habitat for Humanity
Manal El Shahat, Ezbet Community Center
Parliamentarians Roundtable
Stein Erik Lauvås, Norwegian Parliament
Wafa Bani Mustafa, Jordanian Parliament
Nancy Lung'ahi Abisai, East Africa Legislative Assembly
A participant makes an intervention.
Around the Venue
Participants pose for photos.

Participants at the venue during the lunch break.