Jose Chong, Programme Management Officer, UN-Habitat
Rogier Van Den Berg, Programme Management Officer, UN-Habitat
Public spaces are a key component to achieve socially inclusive, integrated, connected, accessible, environmentally sustainable and safe cities as recognized in the New Urban Agenda and SDGs. At the same time, the amount of land allocated to quality public spaces is reducing while rapidly urbanizing and transforming Asia-Pacific cities, replaced by commercialized private or semi-public buildings leading to segregated accessibility to public spaces at the city-wide level.
In this Deep Dive discussion, experts, local government officers, and urban practitioners will present different approaches and examples on integrating public spaces have contributed to achieve more accessible, safe and inclusive cities for all. More specifically, the participants will have the opportunity to (1) discuss challenges, good planning practices, and innovative tools to create public spaces in the Asia-Pacific context; (2) create alternative visions for what an authentic, inclusive, integrated, and safe public space means in 2030 in the context of Asia-Pacific cities.
Given the challenges of spatial segregation, social inequalities, populational growth, limited municipal finances, and the substantive role informal economy play, what are the strategies society should undertake to promote urban revitalization and create inclusive public spaces?
Which kind of innovative approaches to create safe and inclusive public spaces in the context of limited availability of finances and land, high populational density, and informality?
Participants are welcomed to this discussion on regional models that reflect the local cultures and economies, instead of trying to replicate models and principles from other regions.
The lead organizers for these thematic tracks were:
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
United Nations Economic and Social Commission of Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP)
United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat)