International Conferences, Summits & Workshops

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Evidence-Based Policies for Sustainable Housing & Urban Development

Belgium,Ukraine, Albania, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia - 2018-2019

GEPP is a co-organizer, along with UNECE, UN-Habitat, UNDP and local organisers, of a series of international training workshops aimed at policymakers of the countries of Ukraine, Albania, Kyrgyzstan and Georgia, after an introductory session in Bruxelles. 
 
The workshops focused on the importance of data for sustainable housing and urban planning, outlining good practices, future scenarios and practical solutions to improve evidence-based policymaking for more sustainable cities and communities. The workshops convened high-level decision makers at both state and local levels, thus providing institutions with a forum to meet, discuss and learn from each other about data policies in a critical area for sustainability. 
 
Each seminar leveraged the expertise of local and international experts and International Organisations. 
 
Dates of the Workshops:
 
Bruxelles: December 13, 2018
Kiev, Ukraine: January 30, 2019
Tirana, Albania: May 2-4, 2019
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan: June 15-18, 2019
Tbilisi, Georgia: June 24-26, 2019

 

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Towards Establishing the Business Case for Sustainable Infrastructures

Harvard University, 17-18 April 2019 

GEPP participated in the Harvard University Graduate School of Design's Zofnass Program workshop on "Towards Establishing the Business Case for Sustainable Infrastructure" with discussions of Nature-based urban planning solutions (A. Hedjazi) and the role of data in SDG Localization (M. Tarantino).

The workshop originated from the Zofnass Program at Harvard's ongoing research on the Business Case for Planning Sustainable infrastructure indicating that having sustainability as a strategy does pays off. Sustainability is providing savings, avoided costs, and added value in different types of infrastructure projects. Thus the workshop was designed to discuss insights through case studies that use sustainability as part of the project strategy, and brought together representatives from academia, the private sector and public administration. 

 

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Sustainability Education for Future Urban Leadership

Palais de Nations, 8th April 2019, 13:15 - 14:30 

At the 2019 Day of Cities, organised by UNECE, GEPP designed a special event called “Sustainability Education for Future Urban Leadership”. Experts from University of Geneva (Alexandre Hedjazi and Matteo Tarantino), Harvard University (Spiro Pollalis), UN-Habitat (Tatiana Khabarova) and two different cities (Glasgow, Scotland with Chief Urbanist Brian Evans, and Tbilisi, Georgia with deputy mayor Maia Bitadze) came together to discuss the challenge for higher education to train future leaders of sustainability transitions. Students from UNIGE also took part in the conversation. The lively discussion stemmed several cooperation efforts. 
 

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Environmental Leadership Programme for the Green Development of the Belt and Road Initiative

Turin, ITC Training Center, 9th October 2018, 15:00 - 18:00

GEPP participated in the UN-Environment / ICTILO Environmental Leadership Programme with a session on "Infrastructure system integration and sustainability Acceleration". 

The session, targeted at Central Asian  public officials, detailed the concepts and methods of infrasystem integration as possible responses to pressing environmental concerns. Public officials from Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic participated in the event. 

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International Symposium on Sustainable Infrastructure

Fuzhou, Fujian, China - Fujian Normal University, 22-23 October 2018, 15:00 - 18:00

Infrastructure is central to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  It is included in SDG 9, but underlies all of the other socio-economic SDGs. At the same time, the choices that we make about the types of infrastructure we build, where we build it, and how it is designed, constructed, and operated will affect the environmental SDGs including climate actions. 

The Symposium, co-organized by GEPP with UN-Environment and Fujian Normal University, brought together experts from international organizations, academic and research institutions, and the private sector to validate the centrality of infrastructure in delivering the SDGs, raise the visibility of this link, and take forward the idea of an integrated approach to infrastructure planning and development. Participants discussed the meaning of - and the need for - an integrated approach, examined the reality of infrastructure governance in different national contexts, shared good practices and knowledge, and identified a number of priorities for promoting such an approach by countries.  

 

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Infrastructure and Urban Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities from the ground 

Palais de Nations, 2nd October 2018, 15:00 - 18:00

GEPP Co-organized with UNECE Housing and Land Management Unit the roundtable "Infrastructure and Urban Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities from the Ground". 

Over two years after the adoption of the Paris Agreement, a variety of Sustainable Development Goals such as SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities still lack an effective methodology to be effectively assessed/implemented. The elaboration of innovative methodologies and set of effective indicators related to key areas of urban sustainability thus continues to be a top priority for national, regional and local governments alike.

The roundtable provided a platform for experts to share ongoing research and best practices to effectively evaluate some of 21st century’s key urban challenges and measure progress.   

 

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Beyond the Limits: Implementing a resilient future

Uni-Bastions, Auditorium B106, 26th November 2013, 18.30 - 20.00

The publication of Limits to Growth and the first United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm, in 1972, have become milestones for Global Environmental Policy. Forty years later, a new report to the Club of Rome, and documents for the Rio+20 Conference, depict a world facing huge challenges. Effective responses have been rare!

Are current challenges too complex to be addressed? Does this imply there are misunderstandings? Or is there a lack of institutional capacity to address these challenges using a multi-level governance regime? Can resilience serve as a creative framework for more effective responses at local, national and international levels.

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Ian Johnson

Secretary General of the Club of Rome, former Vice-President for Sustainable Development at the World Bank

Per Olsson

Head of the Initiative on Innovation and Transformation in Socio-Ecological Systems, Stockholm Resilience Centre

 

 

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RIO+20: Challenges, Opportunities and Responses

Uni-Dufour, Geneva, 10th May 2012

20 years after the 1992 Earth Summit, The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development will be held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012. This conference, known as Rio+20, will focus mainly on promoting a green economy and reforming the institutional framework for sustainable development.

There are numerous challenges and the international community faces increasing difficulties to reach common agreements to take action, as illustrated by the effective implementation of the Kyoto protocol. Rio+20 is a unique opportunity to redefine a global framework for action, through institutional reforms, enabling a green economy and defining Sustainable Development Goals.

Are these responses at the level of the challenges? The speakers will exchange their perspectives on issues that are increasingly treated along the “North-South” divide and give insights about what the world can expect from the Rio+20 conference.

 

Daniel ZIEGERER

Daniel Ziegerer is acting Head of Global Affairs at the Federal Environment Office in Switzerland. Before that he was a Senior Policy Adviser at the International Affairs Division of the Swiss Office for the Environment. He coordinates the involvement and activities of the Swiss Government with UNEP and with the CSD and represents his government in international conferences and negotiations on environmental matters. Before joining the Swiss Office for the Environment, Daniel Ziegerer worked as Policy Adviser for the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law (SPDA) in its Biodiversity and International Affairs Programme and for the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs in its Economic Development Cooperation Division.

 

Dr Sarah COOK

Dr Sarah Cook is Director of UNRISD since 2009. She moved to UNRISD from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex, UK, where she had been a Research Fellow since 1996. She also worked for the Ford Foundation as Programme Officer for Governance and Public Policy from 2000-2005. Ms. Cook received her PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University.

 

 

October 28th 2010: Public Conference for the launch of UNIGE-UNEP new executive programmes

Social Impacts of Major Global and Regional Environmental Changes

People on the Move: Impacts of Climate Change on Human Well-being
(Public Conference | October 28th 2010 | University of Geneva)

Prof. Michael OPPENHEIMER, IPCC & Princeton University, USA
Dr Koko WARNER, United Nations University, Bonn, Germany

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