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High Level Event on Urban resilience and Sustainable urban development in Small Island Developing States
18 October 2016 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Urbanization is evident in Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The population of SIDS is approximately 65 million out of which 38 million (59%) live in urban areas , and trend of urbanization is increasing. Although more than half of the population lives in cities, SIDS are not traditionally part of global discussions in the area of urbanization. It is important to ensure the principle of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development “leaving no one behind” and to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 11 “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable” that calls for sustainable urban planning and management in all countries. Sustainable urban development is equally important to SIDS as many other countries, in order to make cities, towns, and villages of all sizes more functional, resilient, accessible, and sustainable.
This high-level side event is intended to address the diversity of urban issues faced by SIDS and to provide guidance on the best ways SIDS can enhance their resilience and sustainability of their human settlements. The event will provide an opportunity for participants to share best practices to improve urban planning, governance, and institutional mechanisms. The event will also discuss how enhancing urban resilience and promoting sustainable urban development could contribute to the implementation of the global agendas and frameworks including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the SAMOA Pathway, the New Urban Agenda, and Sendai Framework.