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Building resilience with equity - Perspectives from cities and neighbourhoods in the Global South

Building resilience with equity - Perspectives from cities and neighbourhoods in the Global South

Date: Thursday 28 October 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:30
Venue: Online
Category: COP 26 Online
Website: uofglasgow.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMkf-CorT8rHtCX0UW5aP15geSJmsP7zqqu

Most cities in the Global South have experienced rapid population and urbanization growth which have transformed urban spaces. It is projected that Africa and Asia will concentrate most of the world’s urban population in the next four decades. However, urban planning for more resilient and sustainable cities has so far failed to materialise. Urban sprawls have taken over green spaces and water bodies have been destroyed. Large proportions of cities consist of informal settlements where residents live in poor housing conditions with limited access to infrastructure, health, education and income opportunities. Urban planning and the benefits of city living are currently being enjoyed by a privileged few. Climate change will exacerbate these inequalities as poor and marginalised groups have less capacity to adapt to changes in our climate system. The panel discussion will focus on strategies that integrate environmental responses to climate change with social and economic dimensions, highlighting the importance of multidisciplinary approaches to urban sustainability.

Speakers:

  • Ya Ping Wang - Director of GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC), and Chair in Global City Futures at the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow (UK)
  • Craig Kesson - Executive Director of Corporate Services, Chief Resilience Officer (South Africa) 
  • Kunal Kumar Joint Secretary and Mission Director Smart Cities Mission, Ministry of Housing and Poverty Alleviation (India) 
  • Rev. Fr. Norman Jesus “Fr. Japs” C. Apun Administrator of Jaime Cardinal Sin Village Housing Project (Philippines)
  • Shilpi Roy - Co-Investigator and In-Country Lead for the Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC), Associate Professor Khulna University (Bangladesh)
  • Sheela Patel – Director of Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centres (India)

Chair:

  • Remy Sietchiping – Chief Policy, Legislation and Governance Section at UN-Habitat (Kenya) 

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