Inclusive, Participatory and Accountable Approaches for Sustainable Urbanization
25 ~ 27 May 2022 at 14:00 pm (KST)
United Nations Institute for Training and Research(UNITAR) CIFAL Jeju
Currently, half of the world’s population live in urban areas. This number will increase up to two-thirds by 2050. Indeed, cities are and will be where the majority of the world’s population live. As history shows, cities have played a key part in leading growth and development. Cities are also the place where many of the global challenges are encountered and addressed – extreme poverty, unemployment, environmental disruption and climate risks. The movement towards an increasingly urbanized world is a transformative driver that can and should be channeled into sustainable development for people and places in every country.
Rapid and expansive urbanization with unplanned and poor management, however, poses profound challenges such as economic disorder, civil unrest, congestion and environmental degradation, as well as increases in slums and sprawl (UN-Habitat 2016). Urbanization particularly in developing countries is bringing about significant changes in terms of the distribution of people and resource, not to mention land usage and consumption. Such enormous transformation generally happens in line with social and economic development, and yet many countries still are not well equipped with the policies and frameworks that can support and leverage the change towards sustainable urban future. In the developing world, challenges resulting from urbanization often seem to exceed the development outcomes: better access to assets and resource, huge wealth and opportunities that urbanization allows.
In order to benefit from urbanization and minimize its negative consequences through the paradigm shift in urban planning, cities need a policy approach and directions coordinated in line with their own context. However, this is lacking in many countries since each government department is held accountable for different aspects of their own national priority, and urbanization is hardly viewed as an overall national development opportunity (UN-Habitat – National Urban Policy). The nature and features of urbanization in each country and region is varied and so are the challenges facing different cities. This indicates that there is a need for a well-structured urban development framework to present a long-term vision and suggest priorities and actions, allowing governments and other stakeholders to address context specific urban needs and challenges while the framework is designed to be universally applicable (The New Urban Agenda).
In this regard, UNITAR CIFAL Jeju organizes a virtual capacity building workshop to provide space for knowledge sharing and peer learning experiences along with expert insights on the pathways to inclusive and sustainable urbanization. The workshop will explore how the New Urban Agenda can play a part as an accelerator of the SDGs, particularly SDG 11 – Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, along with how to implement intervention mechanisms and ensure citizen participation for sustainable urban development. Also, the program will provide the participants with the opportunity to gain insights into urban development and urban regeneration through case study sharing. Finally, the participants will be engaged in the whole process of developing an action plan based on their own city context using a CityShare methodology.
To provide a platform for sharing good practices and lessons learned on the pathways to inclusive and sustainable urbanization
To explore how to leverage the New Urban Agenda to tackle the urbanization challenges
To develop an action plan to be implemented in their home cities using the knowledge both gained from expert lectures and shared among fellow participants
Better understanding of what the New Urban Agenda can bring about for sustainable urbanization in line with the SDGs
Sharing different experiences in sustainable urban development engagement
Getting familiar with strategies and tools that can be adapted to the contexts and needs of each locality for city policies
The training consists of:
- expert lecture and Q&A session
- group activity and case study sharing
- individual assignments
Online (The whole program will be delivered using the Gather platform.)
- Please apply by May 17, 2022 (Tuesday)through the following link.
* Please note the following:
- Those with at least two years of working experience in the urban development sphere will be preferred.
- The participants should be fluent in written and spoken English.
- Only selected participants will be notified individually along with the guidelines for the program.
- If a participant does not attend any session during the training without notice, he/she will NOT be allowed to participate in any CIFAL Jeju programs for another year.
A Certificate of Completion will be jointly issued by UNITAR and UNITAR CIFAL Jeju.
Selected participants are required to complete the following to be eligible for the certificate:
- Attend and actively participate in all sessions with the camera on at all times
- Complete and submit individual pre-workshop assignment and action plan
World Urbanization Prospects – The 2018 Revision, United Nations 2019
CityShare Methodology is a tool developed by UNITAR to enable cities to share experiences. The CityShare approach can be set out as follows: first, to assess current levels of competencies in each city to identify its strengths and weaknesses, secondly, to share experiences, knowledge, skills and innovative ideas based on the assessment with peer participants to find a solution which leads to developing an action plan, and lastly, to find partner(s) for future city-to-city cooperation.
Gather, one of the frequently used metaverse platforms, is an avatar-based, virtual gathering space where real interaction is allowed like in a face-to-face event. A Gather Town is a customized room created by a user on Gather; you can think of it as the equivalent of a Zoom meeting room. Towns can come in all designs and forms, and JITC’s Gather town set for this workshop is modeled around the JITC’s actual seminar room, as well as Jeju Island’s beaches.