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AFRI CONVERSE 2021#3 Sustainable and Smart Cities in Africa
By 2050, two-thirds of all humanity—6.5 billion people—will be living in an urban setting. Sustainable development cannot be achieved without significantly transforming the way we build and manage our urban spaces. The rapid growth of cities—a result of rising populations and increasing migration—has led to a boom in mega-cities, especially in the developing world, and slums are becoming a more significant feature of urban life. Making cities sustainable and smart means creating career and business opportunities, safe and affordable housing, and building resilient societies and economies, while addressing challenges of environment, climate change, and inequality.

COVID-19 has challenged urban cities. Nearly 90% of all cases and epi-centres of the pandemic across countries are in cities. But population density does not necessarily correlate with high incidence of the pandemic, but poverty and deprivation, poor planning, inadequate infrastructure and weak governance structures do. Despite being hard hit by this pandemic, cities will continue to be engines of growth and opportunities, accounting for more than 80% of global GDP. It is vital for us to leverage sustainable urbanization as a transformative force for the COVID-19 building back better effort — a force that can accelerate progress towards a healthier, greener, safer, and more inclusive and resilient future.

The session will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on urban cities and explore policy and programme interventions as well as business models towards building forward better, drawing from the experience in Asia and beyond.

Mr. Takeshi Oikawa, Boston Consulting Group Nairobi office
Ms. Asuka Tsuboike, Infrastructure Management Department, JICA 
Mr. Calum Handforth and Ms. Elba Fuster Figuerola, UNDP Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development
Mr. Franc Kamugyisha, CEO & Founder, Ecoplastile Limited Uganda

Apr 23, 2021 06:30 PM in Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo

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