"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
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
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