The session provides perspectives from practice and research by using case studies from Asia-Pacific such as India, Indonesia and Malaysia to highlight current concerns on SDG 11 and improving the quality of informal settlements. The session focuses on informing policies and actions for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the New Urban Agenda (such as one city for all) and the ‘urban’ SDG 11 with a focus on improving the condition of informal settlements. Improving informal settlement needs to be considered in the context of SDGs especially SDG 11 as many contemporary Asia-Pacific cities show increasing numbers of population living in cities. Thus, sharing local issues, initiatives and challenges on SDG 11 and improving the quality of living in informal settlements is paramount, especially as the solutions require a collaborative effort.
In this setting, the main purpose of the session is twofold:
(i) to highlight initiatives being undertaken by academic institutions, local government, residents and communities in informal settlements so as to better improve their condition plus understand their condition “as it is” to attain more effective plan and policy outcomes, and
(ii) to highlight lessons learned/challenges from our presenters in managing and upgrading informal settlements.
At a broader level, the session aims to demonstrate innovation by looking at current topical issues in informal settlements with a range of stakeholders and solutions being implemented, thus, further deepening the debate on best efforts in upgrading and achievement of SDG 11. The session also aims to put people back at the centre of development initiatives in both practice and policy.
Australia & Indonesia