World Urban Forum VI

01 Sep - 07 Sep

On Monday, September 3rd the World Future Council will co-host a networking event on Regenerative Cities – Beyond Sustainability at the 6th World Urban Forum of UN-HABITAT. The event will take place at 14:30 in Pavilion 5 Room 13.

Policy makers from different governance levels, academics as well as civil society organisations will discuss different urban planning opportunities and challenges especially with regards to local renewable energy sources, territorial resource management and enabling governance structures for successful implementation.

This event aims at an open, balanced and outcome oriented dialogue. The distinguished panellists will give a brief introductory statement. A discussion among panellists and the audience moderated by Stefan Schurig (Director World Future Council Climate and Energy) will follow.

Speakers already confirmed include:

  • Nicholas You (UN Habitat World Urban Campaign Steering Committee) – Towards a regenerative city
  • Lily Riahi (REN21) – Urban energy futures: Integrating renewable energy in planning and infrastructure
  • Stéphane Dupas (Energy Cities)- IMAGINE low-energy cities: Energy transition of territories

View the flyer as a PDF here.

Background

Today’s cities are almost entirely driven by coal, oil and gas. We therefore must find ways for cities to minimise their systemic dependence on fossil fuels and their unsustainable use of resources. Cities need to be enabled to develop regenerative relationships with the world’s ecosystems and their natural resources – a new model of urbanisation, powered by renewable energy and a regenerative, mutually beneficial relationship between cities and rural areas.