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7th Asia Pacific Urban Forum to be hosted by Penang from October 15-17
This year the famously known Asia Pacific Forum with its 7th edition will be held from 15-17th October. This year the largest and the most diversified urban forum is scheduled to be hosted by Penang in Malaysia. The main objective of this years forum will be on mobilising partners and taking action oriented initiatives for the implementation of sustainable urbanisation throughout the region far and wide.
With the objective of the forum, the theme is decided to be “Future of Asia and Pacific Cities: Transformative Pathways to Achieve 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development".
The forum aims to gather all the main industry players including urban multi-stakeholders, policy makers from local and national government, civil society to discuss and have an interactive session on critical issues like urban development.
This platform APUF7 will be utilised to be the centre stage for launching of Future of Asia-Pacific Cities Report 2019 (FoPCR) and Penang Platform for Sustainable Urbanisation (PPSU).
With Future of Asia-Pacific Cities Report is the main report for submitted by United Nation Economic and Social Commission of Asia and the Pacific in partnership with Asian Development Bank, The Rockefeller Foundation, UN Habitat, European cities, UNDP and Singapore’s centre for liveable cities.
The report will look at the implementation of sustainable urban solution across different typologies against 4 challenges considered to be important for critical development i.e climate change,Natural resource management, rising inequalities and disaster risk.
Whereas PPSU brings all the partners together who are committed for sustainable urban development in Penang. It’s objective is to involve collaborative effort in the sustainable development, implementation of sustainable solution for cities, good policies and research on sustainable urban development and leveraging of resources for better investment at the local level along with raising awareness altogether.
Scheduled at 14th October, one of the must attend event is “The Cycling Mayors” which is scheduled just prior to the official launch of the main forum. From the southern side to the norther side of the coastal cycle lane in Penang the Mayors will be seen cycling their way down. The event is basically to show the natural beauty of Penang through the agenda of sustainable development and promoting green activities like go green.
The mayor of the city council of Penang Island, Dato’Ar. Yew Tung Seang “We hope that Mayors and City Administrators will come together to commit to improving the quality of urban environment, specifically in creating a Cycleable City. A Cycleable City is one of the vital steps towards improving the quality of mobility in cities, which in turn will help to promote healthier lifestyles among the city dwellers,”.
More than 3000 participants are expected to attend the forum. Day one will see a leaders’s dialogue session followed by Deep Dive Discussion on topics like Urban and Territorial planning. And similar session with continuing topics will head in in second and third day. The final day of the forum will end with “Declare your segment” where a review will be made in the commitments made, actions planned and the implementation initiatives towards achieving the agenda for 2030 for sustainable development.
APUF is held every four to five years in interval and was first initiated and held in Bangkok in the year 1993. This is the first forum to be held after the adoption in 2030 agenda and the Paris Climate Change Agreement signed in 2015 along with new Urban Agenda 2016.
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