Committed to Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements for All

In Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC

Day 1: 27 October 2021, Wednesday

09:30-10:40  Opening Session
Moderator: Dr. Elena Manaenkova, Deputy Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization
•Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Chairman of Global Forum on Human Settlements, Former UN
Under-Secretary-General and High Representative  (PDF)
•Prof. Petteri Taalas, Secretary General, World Meteorological Organization
•Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (Videos)
•Dr. Bambang Susantono, Vice President for Knowledge Management & Sustainable Development, Asian Development Bank  (Videos)
•Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International  (PDF)
•Kazushige Endo, Director, United Nations Centre for Regional Development

Launching Ceremony for The Collection of Global Forum on Human Settlements (PDF)

10:50-12:20  Keynote Speech

Accelerate Green Transformation and Innovation towards Healthy, Resilient and Carbon-neutral Cities

Moderator: Haifeng Lu, Secretary General, Global Forum on Human Settlements


•Dr. Frank Rijsberman, Director General, Global Green Growth Institute

Title: Mobilizing Finance to Implement Climate-Resilient Green Cities in Developing Countries  (PPT)

•Dr. Kevin Kanina Kariuki, Vice President for Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth, African Development Bank Group

Title: Towards low-carbon climate-resilient development in Africa: Role of the African Development Bank

•Dr. Stefanos Fotiou, Director, Office of Sustainable Development Goals, FAO

Title: Agricultural value chains and urban sustainability

•Loretta Hieber Girardet, Chief of Risk Knowledge, Monitoring and Capacity Development at United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)

Title: Leave No Cities Behind  (PDF)

•Soumaya Ben Dhaou, Research Coordinator, United Nations University (UNU-EGOV)

Title: Blockchain for innovative and sustainable cities: Implications of the transformative technology  (PDF)

•Jiacuo Rinpoche, Chairman, International Buddhist Youth Leaders Alliance, Initiator of Charity Fund under China Population Welfare Foundation

Title: Heart is the root of building livability for humans

13:00-14:30  High-level Dialogue: Renewable Energy Systems and Carbon-neutral Cities 

Moderator: Arab Hoballah, Senior Sustainability Expert, former Chief, Sustainable Consumption and Production, UNEP 


•Dr. Robert Andrén, Director General, The Swedish Energy Agency (SEA)

•Jean-Paul Adam, Director, Technology, Climate Change and Natural Resource Management Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

•Dr. Rodolfo Lacy, Director of the Environment Directorate, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

•Tareq Emtairah, Director, Department of Energy, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

•Chen Ying, Researcher, Institute of Ecological Civilization, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

•Dr. Nuki Agya Utama, Executive Director at ASEAN Centre for Energy  (PDF)

•Edward Mazria, Founder and CEO, Architecture 2030  (Videos)

14:40-16:10  Mayors’ Panel: Innovations and Practices towards Healthy, Resilient and Carbon-neutral Cities 

Moderator: Curt Garrigan, Chief, Sustainable Urban Development Section, Environment and Development Division, UNESCAP


•Ramon Torra, Chief Executive Officer, Barcelona Metropolitan Area, Spain

•Dawood Abdul Rahman Al-Hajri, Director General, Dubai Municipality, United Arab Emirates

•Cllr. Nicola Beech, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Climate, Ecology, Waste and Energy, Bristol City Council, United Kingdom

•Pekka Timonen, Mayor, City of Lahti, Finland

•William Dau Chamat, Mayor, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

•Noraini Roslan, Mayor, Subang Jaya, Malaysia    (PDF)


Day 2: 28 October2021,Thursday
09:30-11:00  Thematic Session 1A
Urban Hydrology and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM): The Technical Challenges and Opportunities
Moderator: Dr Yuri Simonov, Chair of the WMO Standing Committee on Hydrological Services (SC-HYD) and Vice-president of Commission for Weather, Water, Climate and Environmental Services (SERCOM)
•Prof Marcelo Uriburu Quirno, National Commission on Space Activities (CONAE, Argentina), Vice Chair of SC-HYD, Adjunct Professor at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA)
Title: Introduction on IWRM
•Dr Hwirin Kim, Head, Hydrology and Water Resources Services Division, WMO
Title: Presentation on WMO Activities  (PPT)
•Ms Angela Corina, Department of Civil Protection, Italy and Regional Hydrological Adviser for WMO-Regional Association VI -Europe
•Mr Guy Reshef, Deputy Director General, Head of Israel Hydrological Service and Member of the WMO SC-HYD
•Dr. Syed Mohammed Afaq Moin, Technical expert with International Joint Commission
Title: Sharing their National experiences on managing Urban Hydrology and IWRM
•Ms Ji youn Sung, Han River Flood Control Office, South Korea and Member of the WMO SC-HYD
Title: Presentation on South Korea IWRM  (PPT)
•Dr Valentin Aich, Senior Water and Climate Specialist, GWP
Title: Presentation on GWP initiatives on IWRM strategies and Volta project mainly as integrated approach to flood and drought management
•Mr Mariano Re, National Water Institute, Argentina

Title: Presentation on Building an urban flood early warning system from scratch  (PDF)


•How can practitioners of flood management be made aware of the needs of drought management and vice versa to design a holistic approach to IWRM? How can the awareness and coordination for the hydroclimatic extreme be raised on a technical level?

•How can we better bridge the gap between science and applied flood and drought management practices to guide the integration of water resources management?

•Could project calls and other financing mechanisms be made more inclusive of IWRM?

09:30-11:00  Thematic Session 1B

International Green Model City Initiative: creating global pilot demonstration areas of carbon neutrality

Moderator: Christine Lian Ho, Deputy Secretary General, Global Forum on Human Settlements


Serge Salat, President, Urban Morphology and Complex Systems Institute, Paris, France, Leading Expert of International Green Model City Standards 3.0

Title: Context, Design, Integration in an IGMC Pilot: French Dream Town in Hangzhou (PPT)   (Videos)

Gorka Urtaran Agirre, Mayor, City of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

Title: Climate Neutral Cities: Thoughts from Vitoria-Gasteiz (PDF)

Alexander R. Jachnow, Head of Urban Strategies and Planning, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Title: Tactical urbanism: how to plan towards carbon neutrality  (PDF)

Fu Yongwei, Mayor, City of Jiande, Zhejiang Province, China

Title: Strive for green development and build a livable city 

Hu Jianxin, Former Chief Sustainability Officer, China Merchants Shekou, Chairman of Green Designers Committee, China Association of Building Energy Efficiency

Title: China's "dual carbon" goals will change the growth logic of real estate industry  (PPT)

Charles Lu, Senior Manager of Strategic and Public Affairs of Overseas Division, Country Garden Group

Title: Exploration & Practices of Forest City in an Effort to Promote a Sustainable & Carbon Neutral Development 


Alex Camprubi, Vice Chairman, International Landscape Design Industry Association

Yu Qing, Design Manager, CSCEC (Shanghai) New Urbanization Investment Development Co., Ltd.


11:10-12:40  Thematic Session 2B
A Sustainable Blue Economy to Support the Green Transformation of Cities
Moderator: Antonella Vassallo, Managing Director, International Ocean Institute Headquarters
•Dr. Awni Behnam, Fmr. United Nations Assistant Secretary General, Hon. President, nternational Ocean Institute, Affiliate Professor, niversity of Malta
Title: Anticipating the Global Threat of Sea Level Rise  (PDF)
•Dr. Robert Farrugia, Scientist, Institute for Sustainable Energy, University of Malta, Malta
Title: Powering Green Cities with Renewable Energy from the Ocean
•David Vivas Eugui, Legal Officer at Officer of the Director, Division on International Trade and Commodities, UNCTAD
Title: Trade in Ocean-Based Goods and Services: Classification, Trends and Market Access  (PDF)
•Regina Asariotis, Chief, Policy and Legislation Section, Trade Logistics Branch, Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD
Title: Maritime Transport and Ports: Adapting to and Mitigating the Climate Challenge  (PDF)
•Ratana Chuenpagdee, Professor, Department of Geography, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL
Title: Fish in the City: Small-scale fisheries contribution to climate-friendly food and sustainable cities  (PDF)
•Shakeel T Bhatti, Counsellor, Traditional Knowledge Division, World Intellectual Property Organization
Title: Marine Genetic Resources: Intellectual Property, Sustainable Use, Access and Benefit Sharing  (PDF)
12:50-14:20  Thematic Session 3B
Local pathways to net zero emissions and a resilient future
Moderator: Ralph Wahnschafft, Independent Advisor on Sustainable Development Policies, GFHS
•Chantal van Ham, EU Programme Manager Nature Based Solutions and Acting Director, IUCN
Title: Nature-based Solutions and zero carbon resilient cities  (PPT)
•Dr. Peter Gotsch, Professor for Sustainable Urban Development in the Global South Urban Ecological Planning, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Title: The Role of Urban Ecological Planning in Achieving Zero Emissions and Resilient Future  (PPT)
•Kotchakorn Voraakhom, CEO and Founder, Porous City Network, Thailand
Title: Chulalongkorn Centenary Park, the Flood-Proof Park: The first green infrastructure park of Bangkok
•Eleni Andreadis, Group Director of Sustainability and CSR, Sani Resort, Greece
Title: The Sani/Ikos Hotel Group ESG Strategy: Building a resilient, net zero future  (PDF)
•Arch. Rafi Rich, CEO, SUiTS Smarter Urban iT& Strategies LTD, Israel
Title: Localized net zero strategies: Smart, Circular & Shared
•Pam O'Connor, Former Mayor, Santa Monica, Director, Metrolink, Southern California Regional Rail Authority, USA
•Franz Gatzweiler, Executive Director, International Science Council Programme on A Systems Approach to Urban Health and Wellbeing
Title: A new science plan for urban health and wellbeing Commentators:  (PDF)
•Hong Tiecheng, Member of Planning and Design Committee at Global Forum on Human Settlements, Member of the Expert Committee of China Folk Architecture Research Association (PDF)
•Tang Weiwei, Head, Urban Construction Branch, Wuxi Architectural Design and Research Institute, Jiangsu, China (PDF)
•Liu Nanfeng, Green Building Project Director and Brand Management Manager of China Overseas Land & Investment (Suzhou) Co., Ltd.
14:30-16:00  Thematic Session 4B

Towards Future-proof Buildings and Neighbourhoods 

Moderator: Nils Larsson, Executive Director, International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment (iiSBE)  (PPT)

•Katerina Tsikaloudaki, Associate Professor, Lab. of Building Construction and Building Physics, Civil Engineering Dep., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Title: Reconsidering existing buildings as accelerators for sustainability and resilience
•Jia Beisi, Professor of University of Hong Kong
Title: Open Building in the community, building and functional design, targeting on long life spans and sustainability  (PDF)
•Daniel Pearl, Professor of Architecture, Université de Montréal, Canada
Title: Future-proofing neighbourhoods  (PDF)
•Joseph Yenyi Li, Professor and Dean of Research, ShuTe University, Taiwan
Title: Urban development strategy and evaluation mechanism  (PDF)
•Jiang Quan, Chief Engineer at China Building Material Test & Certification Group (CTC), President of Green Product Certification Institute
Title: Impact of Building Materials on Carbon Emissions and Longevity of Buildings  (PPT)
•Jiri Skopek, Chair Smart Building Supercluster, NIST Global City Team Challenge (GCTC)
Title: School as a Community Resilience Hub  (PPT)
Day 3: 29 October 2021, Friday
09:30-11:00  Thematic Session 5A
Healthy, Smart and Resilient Cities and Communities
Moderator: Christina Cheong, Green City Specialist, Global Green Growth Institute
Keynote Speaker: Mr Edward Kyazze, Director General for Urbanisation, Human Settlements and Housing Development, Rwandan Ministry of Infrastructure  (PDF)
Panel 1: Approaches and tools for sustainable cities
Moderator: Dr Rene Hohmann, Head of Global Programmes, Cities Alliance
Panel Speakers:
•Mr Riccardo Amoroso, Head of e-City at Enel X, Italy
Title: The role of Enel X in energy transition: empowering cities for a sustainable future
•Mr Chang Sun Jang, Sustainable Transport Lead, GGGI.
•Ms Desi Vicianna, Government Partnership Coordinator, UN Pulse Lab Indonesia
•Ms Kobie Brand, Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI and Regional Director, ICLEI Africa
Panel 2: City perspectives on digital applications for health and resilience
Moderator: Mr Marshall Brown, GGGI
•Mr. Ky Vyrin, Director, Department of Public Works and Transport, Siem Reap City, Cambodia
•Dr. H. Andi Harun, Mayor, Samarinda, Indonesia
•Mr. Le Vinh Chien, Deputy Director, Center of Information Technology, Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam
•Mr. Ruben Cadavid Marín, Director, Digital Business Cluster Chamber of Commerce, Medellin, Colombia

09:30-11:00  Thematic Session 5B
Nature-based Solutions for Climate-resilient Cities
Coordinator: Dr. Jennifer Lenhart, Global Lead, WWF Cities
Moderator: Ingrid Coetzee, ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center Anthony Pearce, WWF Cities Policy Lead
Keynote Speaker: Russell Galt, Head, IUCN Urban Alliance
Panel : Global Dialogue on Urban NbS
•Prof. Harriet Bulklely, Durham University
•Oli Brown, Associate Fellow with Energy, Environment and Resources Programme, Chatham House
•Cristina Gómez Garcia-Reyes, Project Fellow, BiodiverCities by 2030 Initiative, World Economic Forum  (PDF)

•Dr. Lena Chan, Senior Director, International Biodiversity Conservation Division, National Parks Board, Singapore 


•Rebecca Ilunga, C40 Adaptation Network Manager


11:10-12:40  Thematic Session 6A
Circular Economy and Zero-Waste Cities
Moderator: Choudhury Rudra Charan Mohanty, Coordinator of Environment Programme, UNCRD/DSDG-UN DESA
•Dr. René Van Berkel, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Representative, Regional Office in India
Title: Greening industries and SMEs towards circular economy and zero waste societies – Implications towards SDGs
•Dr. Keisuke Nansai, Research Director, Material Flow Innovation Research Program, National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Japan
Title: Advancing system research towards decarbonised circular economy  (PPT)
•Mr. Arthur Huang, Founder & CEO at MINIWIZ, Taiwan Province of China
Title: The Need for Sexy Trash
•Mr. Hemant Choudhary, Founder & ED, Circular Economy Alliance Australia, Adelaide, SA, Australia & Mr. James Trail, Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Coolgardie, Australia
Title: Establishing Australia’s first Multisectoral Regional Circular Economy Hub for regional economic development and creating zero waste societies
•Prof. C. Visvanathan, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
Title: Emerging Circular Economy Technologies in 7 Different Cities  (PDF)
•Prof. Sadhan Kumar Ghosh, International Society of Waste Management, Air and Water (ISWMAW) and IPLA – a SDG Partnership, India
Title: Institutional issues in advancing circular economy – international experiences
•Dr. Sunil Herat Associate Professor, Griffith University, Australia

Title: Circular economic utilization of e-wastes – international experiences  (PDF)


•Mr. James Trail, Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Coolgardie, Australia

•Mr. K.D. Bhardwaj, Regional Director and Head, International Services, National Productivity Council, India

•Prof. Dr. Agamuthu Pariatamby, FASc (Malaysia), Professor, Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development, Sunway University, High Level End Foreign Expert, Ministry of Science

and Technology, PR China

•Dr. Kulwant Singh, CEO, 3R Waste Foundation, India 

Discussion Questions for Commentators& Speakers:

•What should be the defining features of – (a) inter-agency cooperation (among line Ministries (horizontal) and between national and city government (vertical); (b) institutional mechanism; and (c) public-private-partnerships (PPP) in advancing circular economy and zero waste cities?

•How can we better engage scientific community or strengthen science-policy interface towards advancing circulation economy?

•What is our policy and scientific insight to the role of circular economy in protecting the urban ecosystem and enhancing resiliency of cities against the climatic impacts, increasing frequency and magnitude of natural disasters and health emergencies like COVID-19 pandemic?


12:50-13:40  Summary and Recommendation
Moderator: Dr. Taj Hamad, Vice Chairman of Global Forum on Human Settlements, International Vice President, Universal Peace Federation International  (PDF)
Summaries from thematic session moderators
Closing remarks by co-organizer
•Haifeng Lu, Secretary General, Global Forum on HumanSettlements  (PDF)    (Videos)

14:30-15:30  Sustainable Cities And Human Settlements Awards Ceremony 2021