Ms. Cerin Kizhakkethottam, Project Coordinator, ESCAP
Mr. Lars Stordal, Programme Management Officer, UN-Habitat, Fukuoka, Japan
In today’s context and in the future, urban and territorial planning (UTP) plays a core strategic role in helping decision makers identify development priorities and bottlenecks, formulating and implementing solutions, and targeting available resources for balanced and sustainable growth pathways. Urban and territorial planning can also provide a forum or opportunities for various other stakeholders, governments at different levels, private investors, civil societies and community groups, to interact and work together for their sustainable future. In the Asia-Pacific region, UTP concerns planning systems at different levels (national, sub-national, municipal levels), legislative frameworks, various institutions and their vested interests, most fundamentally.
The primary aim of the Leader’s Dialogue is to (1) provide an overview of the key challenges on urbanization in the region; (2) provide the space for representatives of different constituency groups to declare their main priorities in the thematic track of urban and territorial planning and to share a compelling 2030 vision for cities from the point of view of their stakeholder group. This thematic track will take up the key Urban and Territorial Planning issues affecting cities in Asia Pacific and how, looking ahead, can cities strengthen and improve planning efforts to achieve a more inclusive form of urban development. In line with the New Urban Agenda and ensuring that no one is left behind in our quest for a more secure and sustainable urban future, this Leader’ Dialogue will focus on the questions of “What are the major problems? What do we want to achieve?” according to the perspectives of different constituencies.