Committed to Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements for All

In Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC

Programme Schedule 

Day 1: 15 December 2022, Thursday (Central European Winter Time)

07:00-08:00 Opening Session (video)

Moderator: Dr. Stefan Uhlenbrook, Director of Hydrology, Water and Cryosphere at the World Meteorological Organization (on behalf of Dr. Elena Manaenkova, Deputy Secretary-General, WMO)


· 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 (PPT)

· Simon Stiell, Executive Secretary, The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (video)

· Kazushige Endo, Director, United Nations Centre for Regional Development

· Dr. Stefanos Fotiou, Director, Office of Sustainable Development Goals, 

  Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

· Huang Shaozhong, Director, China Energy Research Society-Carbon Neutral Industry Cooperation Center, 

  Former Director of Northwest China Energy Regulatory Bureau of National Energy Administration, China (PDF)

· Dr Radhika Murti, Director, Centre for Society and Governance,International Union for Conservation of Nature

08:10-09:40  Keynote Speech: A safer and greener urban future: resilient, carbon-neutral and nature-positive cities                          (video)

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


· Prof. Jan Gehl, renowned architect, urban planner and designer, founder and senior advisor of Gehl Architects

  Topic: Cities for PeoplePPT

· Prof. Zhang Yuqing, former Deputy Director General of the National Energy Administration of China

  Topic: China's policies and actions to achieve the goal of carbon peak and carbon neutrality (PPT)

· Zhou Xiaoxin, Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Honorary President of 

  China Electric Power Research Institute 

  Topic: New-type power system: flexibility and resilience challenges and responses (video)

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

  Topic: Technologies and engineering pathways to net-zero (PDF)

· Liu Ke, renowned energy expert, academician of the Australian National Academy of Engineering, 

  President, Clean Energy Research Institute, Southern University of Science and Technology, China

  Topic: Energy transition and carbon neutrality (PPT)

· Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International

  Topic: Nature-positive cities for people and nature (video)

09:50-11:20  High-level Dialogue: Sustainable Urban Food Systems for SDGs Acceleration (video)

Moderator: Kostas Stamoulis, Senior Adviser, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


· Máximo Torero, Chief Economist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) (video)

· Roberta Sonnino, Professor, University of Surrey

· Andrea Magarini, Food Policy Director, City of Milan, Italy

· Shulang Fei, Research Scientist, Institute of Urban Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences

· Dr. Jane Battersby, Associate Professor, University of Cape Town & African Centre for Cities

12:00-13:30  Mayors Panel: Local leadership towards a safer and greener urban future (video)

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

Keynote Address: Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah, Mayor of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


· Ms. Stephanie Uy-Tan, City Councilor, Catbalogan City, Philippines

· Dr. H. Maulana, Vice Mayor of Jambi City, Indonesia (PPT)

· Mr. Ismail Rafeeq, Mayor, Fuvahmulah, Republic of Maldives

· Mrs. Julinda Dhame, General Director of Environment and Sustainable Development, City of Tirana, Albania

· Mr. Jonatas Randal da Silva, Municipal Secretary, Innovation and Technology Center (CIT), Barueri City, Brazil (PPT)


Day 2: 16 December 2022, Friday (Central European Winter Time)

07:00-08:30  Parallel Session 1A: Water’s role in early warning systems: harnessing integrated water resources management to provide early warnings for all (video)

Moderator: Maria Kosonen, Coordinator of Members and Activities of the Water and Climate Coalition, WMO


· Dr. Stefan Uhlenbrook, Director of Hydrology, Water and Cyrosphere, WMO

· Dr. Firas Aljanabi, Coordinator of the Global Water and Climate Adaptation Centre, Dresden University of Technology,   Germany

· Mr. Henrik Larsen, Senior Water Resources Management Specialist, DHI Water and Environment, Denmark (PPT)

· Dr Sulagna Mishra, Scientific Officer, World Meteorological Organization

  Topic: Global State of the Water Report findings and HydroSOS for IWRM and EWS (PPT)

· Dr. Marco Massabo, Programme Director, CIMA Research Foundation, Italy


07:00-08:30  Parallel Session 1B: Sustainable waste management for circular economy and zero-waste cities (video)

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

  Topic: Means of empowering SMEs towards transitioning to circular economyvideo

· Dr. (Anthony) Shun Fung CHIU, Distinguished Full Professor and Research Fellow, Gokongwei College of Engineering, 

  De La Salle University, Manila

  Topic: Eco-cities towards zero waste societies (PPT)

· Dr. Heinz Schandl, Senior Science Leader, CSIRO Environment, Canberra, Australia 

  Topic: Australia’s effort to transition to a net-zero circular economy: opportunities and challenges for 

  cities and regions (PPT)

· Dr. K. Jim Jem, Research Fellow, Ningbo Institute of Materials, Chinese Academy of Sciences, PR China 

  Topic: BioPlastics for our Cleaner Earth (PPT)

· Dr. Mangesh Gupte, Chief Operating Officer, Action Alliance for Recycling Beverage Cartons (AARC), India

  Topic: Circular economy towards achieving smart, resilient, and sustainable cities – case of India

· Prof. Sadhan Kumar Ghosh, President, International Society of Waste Management, Air and Water (ISWMAW) and 

   IPLA – a SDG Partnership, India

  Topic: Circular economy and reduction of plastics waste - cases and best practices

· Dr. Chen Jianjun, Founder and President, Shenzhen Tsingtech Lithium Technology Co., Ltd, China (PPT)

· Dr. Sunil Herat, Associate Professor, Griffith University, Australia

  Topic: Circular economy towards reducing e-waste – cases and best practices (PPT)

· Mr. Amit Jain, Managing Director, IRG System South Asia Pvt., India

  Topic: Plastics waste management in slum areas – a critical need in achieving zero waste cities (PPT)


· Prof. Dr. P. Agamuthu, FASc (Malaysia), Associate Dean, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Sunway University; 

  Professor, Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development, Sunway University (PPT)

· Dr. Trung Thang Nguyen, Deputy Director General, Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and 

  Environment (ISPONRE), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), Vietnam

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

· Prof. C. Viswanathan, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand

· Prof. Jinhui Li, Executive Director of Basel Convention Regional Center for Asia and the Pacific (BCRC), 

  Tsinghua University, Beijing, PR China


08:40-10:10  Parallel Session 2A: Resilient cities and coastal areas: policies, technologies and practices (video)

Moderator: Dr. Ralph Wahnschafft, Independent Advisor on Sustainable Development Policies, GFHS


· Dr. Awni Behnam, Fmr. United Nations Assistant Secretary General, Hon. President, International Ocean Institute, 

   Affiliate Professor, University of Malta

· Loretta Hieber Girardet, Chief of Risk Knowledge, Monitoring and Capacity Development at 

  United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)

  Topic: Reaching zero climate disasters (PDF)

· Dr. Alexander R. Jachnow, Team Leader of the INTPA Urban Development Technical Facility, European Union

  Topic: Global policies for urban resilience – keep Compact Cities in Climate Change?

· Crystal Wang, Deputy General Manager of Overseas & SAR Division, Country Garden Group

  Topic: Forest City: A green, smart and sustainable city (PPT)

· Dr. Bob B Yang, Professor of Engineering, Managing Director, AECOM Tianjin

  Topic: Ecological Restoration Landscape Enhance Coastal Resilience in China (PPT)

· Wang Lunfu, Chief Engineer, Shanghai Mingjie Real Estate And Development Co., Ltd, China

  Topic: Central Mansion – A Shanghai Paradigm on Sustainable Cities (PPT)


· Fu Xianping, Vice Chairman of the CPPCC Party Committee in Wuyi County, Zhejiang (PDF)

· Zhang Yi, Deputy General Manager of Shanghai Group and General Manager of Suzhou City Company, 

   Hangzhou Urban Construction Development Group Co., Ltd. (Dajia Real Estate) (PDF)

· Mao Houde, President, M.A.O (Shanghai) Architectural Design Consulting (PDF)


08:40-10:10  Parallel Session 2B: Boost financing for climate action at the local level (video)

Moderator: Nassim Oulmane, Chief of the Green and Blue Economy Section, 

                    United Nations Economic Commission for  Africa (UNECA)


· Dr. Fedra Vanhuyse, Head of Division - Societies, Climate and Policy Support, Senior Research Fellow, 

  Stockholm Environment Institute (PPT)

· Dr. Akiko Yamamoto, Regional Team Leader, Asia and the Pacific, for the Nature, Climate, and Energy Team, 

  United Nations Development Programme (PPT)

· Aiaze Mitha, Digital Finance & SDGs Lead, UNDP/UNCDF (PPT)

· Mithika Mwenda, Secretary General of Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) (PPT)

· Binta Moustapha, Initiator, 100 Women in Tech Nigeria (PPT)

· Hugh Garnett, Senior Programme Manager - Real Estate, Institutional Investor Group on Climate Change (PPT)


10:20-11:50  Parallel Session 3A: Scale up nature-based solutions towards a greener urban future (video)

Moderator: Cristina Gomez Garcia-Reyes, Lead, Urban Nature Based Solutions, World Economic Forum


· Rob McDonald, Lead Scientist for Nature-based Solutions, The Nature Conservancy (PPT)

· László Pintér, Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Central European University (PPT)

· Sachin Bhoite, Director for Climate Resilience, C40 Cities 

· Andrew Young, Associate Director and Group Chief Innovation Officer, Sino Group, Hongkong, China

· Loredana Scuto, Urban Programme Officer, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)


· An Fengmei, Board Director and Deputy General Manager of Jinan Xianxing Investment Group, China (PPT)


10:20-11:50  Parallel Session 3B: Towards smart, zero carbon and sustainable buildings and communities (video)

Moderator: David Hughes, Senior Director, Program Quality at Habitat for Humanity International


· Serge Salat, President, Urban Morphology and Complex Systems Institute, Paris, France, Leading Expert of 

  International Green Model City Standards 3.0

  Topic: Healthy green buildings and communities: linear, networked and 3D greening (PPT)

· Dr. Soumaya Ben Dhaou, Research Coordinator, United Nations University (UNU-EGOV)

  Topic: Exploring Blockchain for healthy, smarter and zero carbon cities and communities (PPT)

· Chang Hao, Deputy General Manager, Huadian Electric Power Research Institute Co., Ltd, China

  Topic: Outlook on the new-type distributed energy development in the context of "caron-peak and carbon-neutrality goal" (PPT)

· Jennifer Oomen, Director, Applied Innovation, Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter, HFHI (PPT)


· Tian Zhe, China Green Development Investment Group Co., Ltd. (PDF)


12:30-13:20  Summary and Recommendation (video)

Moderator: Dr. Taj Hamad, Vice Chairman of Global Forum on Human Settlements, 

                    Chairman, World Association of NonGovernmental Organizations


· Dr. Han Peigang, Dean of the School of New Materials and New Energy, Shenzhen University of Technology, 

  Chairman of Shenzhen Solar Energy Society

  Topic: Leverage new energy technology to build green and low-carbon human settlements (PPT)

· Chen Suping, Founder of China (Shenzhen) International Climate Film and Television Conference and 

  Chairman of Shenzhen Biaoxin Science Popularization Research Institute

  Topic: Climate films raise public awareness Summaries from parallel session moderators (PDF)

Closing remarks by co-organizer

· Haifeng Lu, Secretary General, Global Forum on Human Settlements(PDF

13:30-14:45  Sustainable Cities And Human Settlements Awards Ceremony 2022 (video)