Infrastructure is the cornerstone of modern society. It facilitates the flow of goods, and provides access to critical services such as health, education, governance, livelihoods, and rule of law, enabling society to function, grow and prosper. However, it can also be a significant burden, requiring ongoing maintenance needs, and failing to protect life or national development gains after a hazard event. Infrastructure planners and implementers need to embed sustainable and resilience principles in the process to make sure that the cities we build can withstand what the world throws at them now and in the future.
The important role of infrastructure has been recognized in the Global Agendas, in particular the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the New Urban Agenda, Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. Out of the 169 development targets that make up the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, 92%, are either directly or indirectly linked to the development of infrastructure (UNOPS, 2018).
This session brings together speakers from across Asia and the Pacific from the private sector, local government, and representatives from the United Nations Regional Task Team on Sustainable Urbanisation who will explore how to reimagine the role of infrastructure in supporting sustainable development and resilient outcomes in Asia-Pacific’s fast growing cities.
Join us for what should be an important and lively discussion. Your ideas will feed into guidance being developed by the UN on supporting sustainable and resilient infrastructure development in the Asia-Pacific region.