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
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
Participants pose questions from the floor.
Dialogue 4: Frontier Technologies and Innovation for Inclusive, Sustainable and Resilient Smart Cities
Sustainable Urban Development Now: Resilient Settlements for the Urban Poor
Participants listen to the discussion.
Civil Society Organizations and Grassroots Roundtable
Around the Venue
Participants at the venue during the lunch break.