Short course Advancements in Urban Sustainability Management – Meaning, Measuring, Monitoring & Mobilization
At the end of this Short Course you will be able to:
- Understand the role of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the planning, development and resource management phases
- Conceptualise a project from Paradigm Shift to Co-benefits production
- Learn from the private sector about SDG data innovation
- Design sustainability assessments, report on the progress towards SDGs and align and manage resources to meet SDGs
- Devise sustainability-led Public-Private Partnerships that improve the access and quality of services
- Develop effective communication strategies with various communities, maximizing their outreach and mitigating disagreements
This training is organised around three themes: “Meaning”, “Measuring and monitoring”, and “Mobilization”. These themes are connected to mirror an approach to a process design that accordingly focuses on the development of:
- a strategic vision and a plan
- a monitoring framework to track progress towards project objectives to date
- and amobilisation of resources to ensure successful implementation of the process, including development of Public-Private Partnerships and communication with local communities
23 juin 2022 – Meaning
- Session 1. Introduction: Connecting sustainability, urban resilience and post-COVID recovery
- Session 2. The SDG-led urban planning and management : Resilience led Nature Based Solutions in Cities
- Workshop 1. Experimenting Urban Watershed Revitalization
- Field study : City of Geneva - Plage des Eaux-Vives
24 juin 2022 – Measuring and Monitoring
- Session 3. Assessing progress towards SDGs: practical approaches
- Session 4. Tools for measuring and monitoring of urban sustainability across sectors
- Workshop 2. Developing a Voluntary Local Review
- Session 5. Best practices in sustainability-led citizen engagement
25 juin 2022 – Mobilization
- Session 6. Developing Public-Private Partnerships in practice
- Workshop 3. Making the right Choices in designing Engagement Processes
Dr Alexandre HEDJAZI and Prof. Matteo TARANTINO, Global Environmental Policy Programme, University of Geneva
Over the last five years a range of innovative approaches, tools, methodologies and standards for urban sustainability management have been developed. Deployed across various sectors: urban planning, transport and mobility, energy, water, buildings, education and healthcare, they can contribute to making cities and communities resilient and prosperous
Experts from Geneva are uniquely positioned to respond to the demand for urban sustainability innovation. Within the “Geneva Model”, they work at the interface between global policies and standards; and knowledge production and dissemination, to develop the portfolio of innovative, tried and tested, practical solutions for measuring and monitoring urban SDGs; urban data production and management; citizen engagement; and public/private partnership building, endorsed by an international community.
The 3-day Short Course in Advancements in Urban Sustainability Management is oriented at professionals working on urban development, especially public administrators and business leaders, who aspire to gain practical knowledge and skills in urban sustainability management.
09:00 - 10:00 Welcome coffee and meet the instructors.
10:00 - 12:00 Session 1. Introduction: Connecting sustainability, urban resilience and post-COVID recovery
13:00 - 14:30 Session 2. The SDG-led urban planning and management : Resilience led Nature Based Solutions in Cities
14:30 - 16:00 Workshop 1. Experimenting Urban Watershed Revitalization
16:00 - 18:00 Field study : City of Geneva - Plage des Eaux-Vives
19:00 - 21:00 Dinner – Conversation on Foresight With Stephan Mergenthaler (World Economic Forum)
10:00 - 12:00 Session 3. Assessing progress towards SDGs: practical approaches
13:00 - 14:30 Session 4. Tools for measuring and monitoring of urban sustainability across sectors
14:30 - 16:00 Workshop 2. Developing a Voluntary Local Review
09:00 - 11:00 Session 5. Best practices in sustainability-led citizen engagement
11:00 - 12:30 Session 6. Developing Public-Private Partnerships in practice
13:30 - 15:00 Workshop 3. Making the right Choices in designing Engagement Processes
15:00 - 16:00 Closing: networking drink and handing of certificates.
Dr Alexandre Hedjazi is the director of Global Environment Policy Program and Deputy Director of International Affairs at the University of Geneva. Dr. Hedjazi is the current co-chair of CASPISNET, a scientific network with a focus on the Caspian Sea, consultant for UNECE and WHO on topics of urban sustainability; Board member of WeGO Smart City. His current research is on the interface between the built and natural environment and urban sustainability transitions.
Dr Agata Krause, an urban planner and expert in measuring and monitoring urban sustainability, based in Geneva; a former scholar, tutor, an adviser to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the local and national governments in Norway, Europe and Asia, currently the Head of the 2030 Agenda and International Relations in the Centre for Sustainable Development in Trondheim Kommune, Norway.
Dr Matteo Tarantino is scholar working at the University of Geneva and at the Catholic University of Milan. He is an expert in sustainability communication and urban data management; consultant for UN-ECE, Un-HABITAT, WHO on topics of urban sustainability; member of WeGO Smart City Champions Board; co-founder of the ECREA section ‘Media, Cities and Space’; UrbanTech Ambassador for Federated Innovation at MIND Milan.
Dr Sherif Kinawy is an urban infrastructure expert with a focus on community engagement and sustainability in infrastructure projects; founding board member of the Ontario Chapter of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2); member of the Committee on Public Involvement, U.S. Transportation Research Board (TRB); Advisory Board to the Turkstra Chair of Urban Engineering, University of Waterloo. His previous experiences include work with over 70 municipalities globally on community development, asset management, and collaboration with the private and public sectors to drive innovation through clean-tech and infrastructure technologies.