WBGU events at Habitat III

Date and time Location Title Speaker
116.10.2016
12-12.45
German Pavillon Comic launch The urban planet – How cities save our future. Frauke Kraas (WBGU member, University of Cologne), Benno Pilardeaux (WBGU secretariat)
2 19.10.2016
13-13:45
Urban LibraryTransformative Strategies for the Century of Cities Dirk Messner (WBGU chair), director German Development Institute and Ani Dasgupta (Global Director, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities)
3

20.10.2016
11-11.45

German Pavillon Transformative Strategies for the Century of Cities Dirk Messner (Chair WBGU), director German Development Institute and Ani Dasgupta (Global Director, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities)
4 20.10.2016
14-14.45
German Pavillon The transformative power of cities. Negotiated land use as local action for global change Frauke Kraas, (WBGU member, University of Cologne) and NN. 

Event description

 

1. Comic launch: The urban planet – How cities save our future

A comic condenses into an illustrated story the fundamental findings of Humanity on the move – Unlocking the transformative power of cities, a report published by the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU).

 

2. Transformative Strategies for the Century of Cities

In this metropolitan century, cities are crucial for a successful transformation toward a sustainable future. This is the starting point of the new reports by the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) and the World Resources Institute (WRI). Through a cross-sectoral lens, WBGU’s state-of-the-art analysis emphasizes the transformative power of cities and the importance of urban governance and citizen engagement. While WBGU’s work provides an overarching framework and necessities for the city of the future, WRI’s presentation will draw from the World Resources Report (WRR) to dive deep into the issues of accessibility and sustainable mobility. The WRR will focus on strategies and practical solutions for enabling transformative change.

 

Guiding Questions:

 

  • The power of the urbanization surge will be the key driver of global change in the 21st century: What do you see as the most urgent, pressing challenges for cities to solve in the coming decades?
  • What are the main challenges for LDCs?
  • What are the main recommendations of your report for policy-makers and urban societies?
  • What are the key enablers for the  implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Change outcome?
  • It will be decided in cities whether we can achieve a global transformation to sustainability. Is this crucial role of cities sufficiently taken into account in the draft of the NUA?
  • What role can Habitat III and its New Urban Agenda play in ensuring that cities get the financial and political resources for the load of their transformational tasks?

 

The reports

 

WBGU – German Advisory Council on Global Change (2016): Humanity on the move: Unlocking the transformative power of cities. Link: www.wbgu.de/urbantransformation

WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities (2016): World Resources Report – Towards a More Equal City, Washington. Link: http://www.wrirosscities.org/worldresourcesreport

 

3. Transformative Strategies for the Century of Cities

In this metropolitan century, cities are crucial for a successful transformation toward a sustainable future. This is the starting point of the new reports by the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) and the World Resources Institute (WRI). Through a cross-sectoral lens, WBGU’s state-of-the-art analysis emphasizes the transformative power of cities and the importance of urban governance and citizen engagement. While WBGU’s work provides an overarching framework and necessities for the city of the future, WRI’s presentation will draw from the World Resources Report (WRR) to dive deep into the issues of accessibility and sustainable mobility. The WRR will focus on strategies and practical solutions for enabling transformative change.

 

Guiding Questions:

 

  • The power of the urbanization surge will be the key driver of global change in the 21st century: What do you see as the most urgent, pressing challenges for cities to solve in the coming decades?
  • What are the main challenges for LDCs?
  • What are the main recommendations of your report for policy-makers and urban societies?
  • What are the key enablers for the  implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Change outcome?
  • It will be decided in cities whether we can achieve a global transformation to sustainability. Is this crucial role of cities sufficiently taken into account in the draft of the NUA?
  • What role can Habitat III and its New Urban Agenda play in ensuring that cities get the financial and political resources for the load of their transformational tasks?

 

The reports 

 

WBGU – German Advisory Council on Global Change (2016): Humanity on the move: Unlocking the transformative power of cities. Link: www.wbgu.de/urbantransformation

WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities (2016): World Resources Report – Towards a More Equal City, Washington. Link: http://www.wrirosscities.org/worldresourcesreport

 

4. The transformative power of cities. Negotiated land use as local action for global change

In its recent flagship report “Humanity on the Move: The Transformative Power of Cities“, the WBGU introduces urban land use as one of three transformative action fields of great importance. Urban land is contested and the right of use substantially affects the social, economic and ecological development of cities. The event will start with a brief introduction of the WBGU’s recommendations relating to urban land use, followed by a short commentary by two invited practitioners, who will sketch out the challenges they are facing and the solutions they found in their cities. 

 

5. Migrants and refugees in urban areas

Large numbers of refugees or migrants are putting immense pressure on cities to establish the necessary infrastructure to receive and integrate newcomers. Cities also need to find ways to ensure that different population groups co-exist peacefully. As a rule, local authorities are at the forefront in the daily management of migration and/or other forms of mobility. Providing developmental and integration options beyond humanitarian aid is required in ways sensitive to local needs and language.

 

6. New alliances for sustainable urban future 

Between 2004 and 2014 two major research programs were funded in Germany: “Megacities – Megachallenge” by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, and “Future Megacities” by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Our discussants will provide lessons learned for the set-up of productive international research teams. However, scaling of research results and pilot measures follow their own rules and regulations and need additional partners. How to best prepare urban research for this step?

 

 

Events with WBGU participation

 

5 17.10.2016
12-12.45
German Pavillon Migrants and refugees in urban areas (DIE event) Dirk Messner (director DIE, WBGU chair) et. al.
6 18.10.2016
12-12.45
German Pavillon New alliances for sustainable urban future (BMBF event) Frauke Kraas (University of Cologne, WBGU member) et. al.
7 18.10.2016
12.30-13.30
Casa de la Cultura Ecuadoriana Benjamin Carrión, Room 3 Migrants and refugees in urban areas: Lessons from the global South and North

Chair: Eva Dick (DIE), Maria-Theres Haase (DIE)
Welcome: Dirk Messner (Director, DIE)

tbc German Pavillon Exhibition opening Arch+ Planetary Urbanism