The 4th South Asian Cities Summit -2017
With more than 50% of the world’s population presently living in urban areas, all cities are facing challenges to meet the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the next 15 years. The spatial extent of many cities both in developing and developed countries has grown on an average two to three times more than their population worsening urban sprawl and mobility. The New urban Agenda responds to these challenges by devising a well-articulated set of strategies to transform urbanization as a tool of development at city and country level. It also seeks to create a mutually reinforcing relationship between urbanization and development as a joint vehicle for sustainable development. The agenda offers to put in place a new global monitoring framework to assess how cities and countries are progressing in the implementation of this Agenda and achievement of SDG targets.
As powerful drivers of the economy, cities and their leaders have a powerful voice in driving and delivering national agendas. Under the overarching theme of New Urban Agenda & Localizing SDGs to engage governments together with civil society and non-government organizations for global advocacy as agents of sustainable development, All India Institute of Local Self Government (AIILSG) and United Cities Local Government - Asia Pacific (UCLG-ASPAC) with other national and international organisations announces the 4th South Asian Cities Summit 2017. The summit focuses on what the 2030 Agenda means for cities and how they can contribute in achieving the SDGs.
The summit will convene a high profile gathering of national, international, state and local government officials, policy makers, financers, technologists, non-profit organisations, business leaders, academicians, researchers and community organisations- all with a common focus on implementing and monitoring strategies at the local level for achieving global, national and subnational sustainable development targets.