Urban October 2018: World Habitat Day and World Cities Day

10 Oct 2018
Bangkok, Thailand

Celebrating Inclusive Cities and Empowered Urban Communities in Asia and the Pacific

To support the localisation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and implementation of the New Urban Agenda, ESCAP and UN-Habitat in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security of the Royal Thai Government, comprising CODI and the National Housing Authority, along with the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR) bring together the commemoration of World Habitat Day and World Cities Day during ‘Urban October’.

In line with the themes of both days, this event will celebrate innovations in the right to housing, as well as, community-based solid waste management as interconnected solutions to realise the ideal of inclusive cities and empowered urban communities in Asia and the Pacific.

Objectives

The primary objective of the celebration is to enable an inclusive dialogue among multi-stakeholder groups of diverse networks on concrete measures to build sustainable cities for the implementation and localisation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and New Urban Agenda. The specific themes of the session will focus on Affordable Housing and Inclusive Municipal Solid Waste Management innovations. The event will also feature the commitments of the Government of Thailand to affordable housing policies, programmes and investments, as well as, the official launch of the Thai-English translation of the New Urban Agenda.

To achieve this, the event will:
1. Enhance awareness and understanding of key challenges and opportunities for the implementation of Innovations for Affordable Housing and Inclusive Municipal Solid Waste Management in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the region through sharing of experiences and knowledge from Thailand and the region.
2. Discuss how the New Urban Agenda and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development can be implemented in Asia and the Pacific in ways that strengthen efforts towards improving housing for the poor and community-based solid waste management approaches.
3. Call for voluntary commitments and action on these issues supporting urban poor communities in Thailand and the Asia-Pacific region at large.

Target Audience:
National and local government urban decision makers; slum dweller associations and networks of the urban poor; civil society organizations; think tanks and academia; private sector organisations; other stakeholders involved in SDG implementation at local, national, regional and global levels.

Contacts:
ESCAP (Ms. Aida Karazhanova, karazhanova@un.org), UN-Habitat (Mr. Tam Hoang, tam.hoang@un.org), Ministry of Social Development and Human Security (Ms. Woranut On-ubol, w.onubol@gmail.com); Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (Ms. Somsook Boonyabancha, somsook@achr.net), CODI (Ms. Pissinee Chanpreechaya, pissi10@gmail.com); National Housing Authority (Ms. Sureeporn Suwannaworn, WS55_5@hotmail.com)