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16 December 09:00 - 18:00ArkDes - National Center for Architecture and Design

"The battle for sustainable development will be won or lost in cities”, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined at the opening of Habitat III. It emphasizes the increasingly important role of cities as front runners for sustainable development globally. A New Urban Agenda will therefore have to be  implemented in relation to the 2030 Agenda, and particularly to SDG11

Nordic systems for leadership, governance and management for sustainable urban development will be discussed based on the report Nordic Urban Ways. In the study Global Utmaning, together with UN-Habitat, explore and demonstrate how Nordic urban development can serve as models for other cities in a global context.

The third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development - Habitat III - took place in Quito, Ecuador, 17 - 20 October. It resulted in the adoption of a New Urban Agenda by the United Nations member states. This agenda will be the guideline for sustainable urban development for the next generation. The starting point for discussion is how global agendas and goals can serve as a support in the transition to urban sustainability.

The conference will result in a nordic declaration on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda, drafted by a group of rapporteurs throughout the day with the active participation of Nordic national and local government, administration, research, private sector and civil society. 

The declaration is available  here


8.30 Registration

9.00 Introduction Moderator Johan Hassel, CEO, Global Utmaning 

9.05 Welcome Karin Åberg Waern, Head of Exhibitions and Learning, ArkDes

9.10 Keynote ”Post-Habitat III: Implementing the New Urban Agenda” What is the New Urban Agenda? Raf Tuts, Chief of the Urban Environment and Planning Branch, UN-Habitat

9.30 Keynote ”A New Urban Agenda for the Nordic Region – How Sweden is implementing sustainable urban development” Peter Eriksson, Minister for Housing and Digital Development, Sweden

9.50 Statement ”A New Urban Agenda for the Nordic Region – How Finland is implementing sustainable urban development” Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of Agriculture and the Environment, Finland

10.00 Speaker discussion

10.15 Presentation “Leadership, governance and management for sustainable cities - Nordic Urban Ways” Carl-Johan Engström, Senior Advisor Global Utmaning, Professor Emeritus KTH

10.30 Panel ”Nordic Urban Ways: The role of leadership in sustainable urban development” Nordic mayors present good examples from the Nordic cities and share their lessons learned

Ilmar Reepalu, Former Mayor, Malmö
Boye Bjerkholt, Deputy Mayor, Skedsmo, Lillestrøm
Ebba Östlin, Mayor, Botkyrka
Roger Mogert, Vice Mayor of City Planning and Culture, Stockholm
Rapporteur: Inga Björk-Klevby, Ambassador, former Deputy ED, UN-Habitat

11.30 Open floor discussion

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Panel "The courageous administration" Building a solid coalition between political leadership and stakeholders.

Christer Larsson, Director of City Planning, Malmö
Daniel Firth, Chief Strategy Officer, Stockholm
Linda Gustafsson, Gender Equality Officer, Umeå
Øyvind Wahl, Energy and Climate Advisor, Skedsmo, Lillestrøm
Peter Wasström, Director of International Services, Lantmäteriet
Nayoka Martinez-Bäckström, Environment & Urban Development Specialist, Sida
Rapporteur: Birgitta Englin, Senior Advisor, Global Utmaning

14.00 Open floor discussion

14.30 Coffee break

15.00 Presentation Integrating the New Urban Agenda & the 2030 Agenda, Elin Andersdotter Fabre, Project manager, Global Utmaning

15.15 Panel ”Implementing the New Urban Agenda: From local to global sustainable urban development”. Researchers, private sector and civil society discuss solutions,  management and ways ahead.

David Simon, Director Mistra Urban Futures, Professor Development Geography
Ulrika Stenkula, Architect, White Arkitekter
Johanna Frelin, CEO, Tengbom
Agneta Wannerström, Environment Development Manager, Skanska
Allan Larsson, former Finance Minister, Director General EU Commission, Chairman Lund University
Mats Pellbäck Scharp, Head of Environment, Ericsson
Joe Mulligan, Associate Director, Kounkuey
Jeet Mistry, Urban Development Expert, WWF Sweden
Rapporteur: Thomas Melin, Senior Programme Manager, Sida

16.15 Open floor discussion

16.45 Conclusion Rapporteurs discuss conclusions from panels and ways ahead.
Inga Björk-Klevby, Ambassador, former Deputy ED, UN-Habitat
Birgitta Englin, Senior Advisor, Global Utmaning
Thomas Melin, Senior Programme Manager, Sida

17.15 Ways Forward
Elin Andersdotter Fabre, Project manager, Global Utmaning
Maja Brisvall, Executive Director & Co-founder, The Quantified Planet

17.30 Glögg reception


Global Utmaning, with the support of UN-Habitat & ArkDes

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Raf Tuts
Director Programme Division, UN-Habitat

Peter Eriksson
Minister for Housing and Digital Development, Sweden

Kimmo Tiilikainen
Minister of Agriculture and the Environment, Finland

Ulrika Stenkula
Architect, White Arkitekter

Karin Åberg Waern
Head of Exhibitions and Learning, ArkDes

Inga Björk-Klevby
Ambassador, former Deputy Executive Director of UN-Habitat

Allan Larsson
Former Finance Minister, Director General EU Commission, Chairman Lund University

Ilmar Reepalu
Councilor, Former Mayor Malmö, Chair SALAR International Committee, CEMR Spokesperson Urban Affairs

Christer Larsson
Director of City Planning, Malmö

Agneta Wannerström
Environmental Development Manager, Skanska

Johanna Frelin
CEO, Tengbom

Mats Pellbäck Scharp
Head of Environment, Ericsson

David Simon
Director Mistra Urban Futures, Professor Development Geography

Carl-Johan Engström
Senior Advisor Global Utmaning, Professor Emeritus KTH

Thomas Melin
Senior Programme Manager, Sida

Birgitta Englin
Senior Advisor, Global Utmaning

Ebba Östlin
Mayor, Botkyrka Stockholm County

Boye Bjerkholt
Deputy Mayor, Skedsmo, Lillestrøm

Roger Mogert
Deputy Mayor City Planning and Culture, Stockholm

Johan Hassel
CEO, Global Utmaning

Elin Andersdotter Fabre
Project manager, Global Utmaning

Jeet Mistry
Urban Development Expert, WWF Sweden

Daniel Firth
Chief Strategy Officer, Stockholm

Linda Gustafsson
Gender Equality Officer, Umeå

Nayoka Martinez-Bäckström
Environment and Urban Development Specialist, Sida

Joe Mulligan
Associate Director, Kounkuey Design Initiative

Øyvind Wahl
Energy and Climate Advisor, Skedsmo, Lillestrøm

Peter Wasström
Director International Services, Lantmäteriet

Maja Brisvall
Executive Director, Co-founder, The Quantified Planet

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