ALL ABOUT THE EVENT
The Forum of Mayors is a platform for on-going exchange and mutual learning where Mayors will present their efforts to tackle challenges in their cities. Cities will learn from each other’s best practices in the areas of housing and climate-neutral buildings, green cities and nature-based solutions, sustainable urban transport and safer roads, and smart urban development solutions.
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At its 80th session the UNECE Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management agreed to dedicate one of the three days of the Committee session to discussions concerning, and involving the participation of, local authorities, in particular mayors, following a similar format to the Day of Cities. The Forum of Mayors will be organized on the first day of the Committee session and focus on a specific thematic issue related to sustainable urban development, housing and land management.
It also invited the Forum to transmit its recommendations on how to address the challenges that local authorities/governments face in achieving sustainable urban development, housing and land management to the Committee in the context of assisting the Committee in its activities in the ECE region.
It further invited the Forum to transmit its recommendations relevant to other ECE bodies to the relevant bodies for information and possible consideration (e.g., Committee on Sustainable Energy, Inland Transport Committee, etc.).
In addition, the Forum of Mayors is a platform for on-going exchange and mutual learning where Mayors will present their efforts to tackle challenges in their cities. Cities will learn from each other’s best practices in the areas of housing and climate-neutral buildings, green cities and nature-based solutions, sustainable urban transport and safer roads, and smart urban development solutions.
The Second Forum of Mayors 2022 will discuss “Recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic while advancing the implementation of the SDGs” and consist of 4 sessions.
Session 1: Resilient, healthy and climate neutral buildings & affordable and adequate housing
This session will focus on examples of how the built environment can make a difference in post-COVID-19 recovery. This could include how some municipalities have made their buildings more energy efficient and climate-neutral, but also how sustainable design has helped increase housing affordability and improve the quality of homes.
Session 2: Vibrant public spaces, greener cities, and nature-based solutions
This session will focus on nature-based solutions (NbS) in cities as well as on urban forests, urban agriculture, public spaces and biodiversity conservation in urban settings. This includes their organization in support of youth, the elderly or other vulnerable segments of the population. In addition to connections to the SDGs, this part will refer to the UN Decade for Ecosystem Restoration, in which cities are key actors.
Session 3: Sustainable urban transport, shared mobility and safer roads
This session will focus on new ways to plan mobility in the city, presenting examples of increased bicycle-use and pedestrian paths, but also sharing economy and sustainable mobility, enhanced public transport and road safety. Smart city solutions for transport will also be included in this session.
Session 4: Sustainable urban planning, the 15-minute city and smart urban development solutions
This session will provide examples of successful city and neighbourhood planning, and all related dimensions. This will cover successful examples of service delivery, but also social interaction, access to facilities and good urban design.
1) Share actions to inspire change:
On 4 April 2022, mayors from across the UNECE region will share concrete actions and innovative solutions on urban resilience, including the following topics: (i) Local responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, (ii) City actions to adapt, mitigate and respond to the effects of climate change, (iii) Local responses to natural hazards, and (iv) Medium-term and long-term resilience strategies in cities.
2) Support the Geneva Declaration of Mayors:
City leaders are encouraged to express their support for the Geneva Declarations of Mayors, the outcome document of the Forum of Mayors.
3) Showcase your activities:
Cities and organizations will have the chance to showcase their work on urban resilience at an exhibition at the Palais des Nations.
4) Have an impact on the political agenda:
The Forum will culminate in concrete recommendations by mayors which will feed into the decision-making process of the first part of the 83rd session of the Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management, which will then be in a better position to draft and adopt tailored and targeted instructions for UNECE member States.
Partner: Geneva Cities Hub
Room XVII, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
To attend UNECE meetings at the Palais des Nations, you need to register in advance online through the following link: https://reg.unog.ch/e/ForumOfMayors2022. For Long Duration badges, please contact the secretariat of the meeting.
Delegates enter the Palais through the Pregny Gate (Portail Pregny - please see map) entrance, which faces the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) headquarters on the Route de Pregny. In order to obtain your identity badge from the Security Services, you will be asked to present a valid passport or a national identity card. Your badge is strictly for your own personal use.
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