Urban Innovation

Urban Innovations: 11

Inclusive use of data and frontier technologies for urban planning, mobility and resilience Innovation through process and partnerships

Day 1 – Tuesday, 15 October 2019
13:00 - 14:30
Ground Mezzanine 7
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Nora Steurer
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Lead Organization
United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Partner Organizer(s)
  • UN-Habitat Urban Lab
Lead Organizer(s)

With today’s rapid urbanization come both opportunities and challenges, which call for new, alternative and innovative approaches to promote sustainable urban development.

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (UK FCO) has, as part of the Prosperity Fund, launched the Global Future Cities Programme, working with 19 cities across 10 countries through the entry points of urban planning, transport, resilience and data for sustainable urban development. The Programme will support the development of 30 transformative urban projects, which were identified in the Programme’s strategic development phase.

The projects of the Global Future Cities Programme aim to capitalise on opportunities and drivers provided by rapid urbanization, achieving inclusive prosperity and alleviating high levels of urban poverty, and identifying business opportunities for private sector engagement.

The session will be opened by the British High Commissioner to Malaysia, H.E. Charles Hay, and with speakers including UK FCO, urban experts from UN-Habitat and city leaders from the South-East Asia Region followed by a dialogue, the session aims to explore:

  • Data-driven and smart technology solutions for complex urban challenges in the Asia-Pacific region through the lenses of the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda at local level,
  • How the Programme can demonstrate innovative multi-sectoral and stakeholder processes, how to build a wider strategic network to support implementation, replication and bankability of urban projects,
  • Synergies with other programmes in the region to strengthen peer-to-peer learning and the transformative impact of urban projects in the field of planning, mobility and resilience.

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Join us at the seventh session of the Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF7) in Penang, Malaysia from 15 to 17 October 2019