Expo 2020 Dubai Urban and Rural Development Week to explore resilient and sustainable habitats

Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Managing Director of Expo 2020 Dubai.
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Dubai: As global population growth continues to challenge existing cities and communities around the world, Expo 2020 Dubai brings together leaders, experts and citizens to explore how we need to transform the way we move, build, let’s consume and live in the habitats of the future.

By 2050, more than 70 percent of the world’s population is expected to live in cities, with an estimated three billion people living in informal settlements. Urban and Rural Development Week, which will take place from October 31 to November 6 and was held in association with Siemens, partner of the Expo 2020 Digital Infrastructure, UN-Habitat and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) will explore our communities as cornerstones of prosperity and how we can make our future habitats sustainable.

We are proud to work alongside more than 200 countries and stakeholders, each with a different perspective, to explore new approaches to resilient and inclusive habitats that serve their communities and exist in harmony with the natural environment, and to foster dialogue to make progress in this critical area. Region.

– Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Managing Director of Expo 2020 Dubai

Focus on rural communities

By examining how cities are built and who they serve, she will shine a light on District 2020 – the physical legacy of Expo 2020 and the model for a people-centered smart city of the future. Rural communities will also be nurtured, with an emphasis on harnessing local knowledge and innovation and ensuring access to inclusive infrastructure and services – from transport and housing to rural areas. ‘access to clean energy and green public spaces – to ensure that no one is left behind.

Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Managing Director of Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “We are proud to work alongside more than 200 countries and stakeholders, each offering a perspective different, to explore new approaches to resilient and inclusive habitats. who serve their communities and exist in harmony with the natural environment, and to foster dialogue for progress in this critical area.

“Provide safer environments”

Helmut von Struve, CEO of Siemens, Middle East, said: “In its first month, Expo 2020 Dubai has already accomplished its mission of ‘Connect Minds, Create the Future’, and we are proud to participate in the next thematic week. which will focus on urban and rural development. Our partnership with Expo 2020 Dubai has created a blueprint for future smart cities and we look forward to discussing how our experience here can deliver safer, more efficient and more comfortable environments around the world.

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World Cities Day at Expo 2020 Dubai, organized in partnership with the Dubai Executive Council and UN-Habitat, will kick off Urban and Rural Development Week tomorrow.
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World Cities Day at Expo 2020 Dubai, organized in partnership with the Dubai Executive Council and UN-Habitat, will kick off Urban and Rural Development Week tomorrow. The event will focus on urban resilience, particularly in the context of climate change, and explore sustainable architecture and smart city development, telling about Dubai’s own success stories.

Roadmap for last mile delivery in slums

Discussions will be led by Saeed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), official sustainable energy partner of Expo 2020 Dubai; His Excellency Wesam Lootah, CEO, Smart Dubai Government Establishment; Dr Shipra Narang Suri, Chief, Urban Practices Branch, UN-Habitat; David Hopping, CEO, Smart Infrastructure Solutions & Services, Siemens; and Ahmed and Rashid bin Shabib, Emirati town planners renowned for their perspectives on contemporary urban spaces. As part of the Inclusive Cities event on 3 November, UN-Habitat will also present a roadmap for last mile delivery to slums and informal settlements, based on the knowledge and learning accumulated through its participatory programs in improvement of slums.

“A better standard of living for all”

Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of UN-Habitat and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, said: “We must challenge ourselves with the ambition of the last mile initiative to tackle the slums. There are 61 countries where one in three city dwellers lives in slums. UN-Habitat is committed to promoting sustainable, prosperous, healthy, safe and resilient cities and better standards of living for all, especially the most vulnerable.

At a time when most cities are designed by men, the Women’s World Majlis, organized in collaboration with Slovenia on November 1, will host speakers including Ladeja Godina Kosir, circular economy expert, founder and executive director of Circular Change. , and Claudia Lopez, Mayor of Bogota, Colombia, to explore how women can and should be at the heart of the design, construction and operation of sustainable and resilient habitats.

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The business thematic forum at the Dubai Exhibition Center, Expo 2020 Dubai, will highlight new technologies, advancements and future business opportunities in the urban and rural development sector.
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On the same day, a thematic business forum at the Dubai Exhibition Center, Expo 2020 Dubai, will highlight new technologies, advancements and future business opportunities in the urban and rural development sector, encouraging governments, the private sector and civil society to share their knowledge and collaborate.

Regenerative and biodiverse global systems

Harnessing the knowledge of indigenous communities and how we marry this know-how with new technologies to influence the design of regenerative and biodiverse global systems will be discussed on November 2. A crucial issue at the COP 26 summit, the session on Local Nature-Based Solutions and Livelihoods, co-hosted with AKDN and the Zoological Society of London, will feature Grandmother Mona Polacca, a Hopi elder / Havasupai / Tewa and President of the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, Keepers of the Atrato River and Ricard Armengol, CEO, Provital.

Michael Kocher, Managing Director of the Aga Khan Foundation, said: “The UAE and the Aga Khan Development Network have worked closely for many years in areas of common interest including architecture, culture, education and health. AKDN’s collaboration with Expo 2020 Dubai is a reflection of this enduring partnership, which is based on a shared commitment to address key human development concerns.

Majlis World Events

Meanwhile, two key World Majlis events will offer different perspectives on smart and sustainable cities. Smarter than Smart Cities on November 3 will discuss low-tech ways to improve the holistic well-being of citizens, with speakers including Wesam Lootah, alongside Professor Matthias Finger, Head of Innovative Governance of Large Urban Systems, and Sanjive Khosla, Senior Vice President, Transition Unit, Expo 2020 Dubai.

Mitigate the impact of growing cities

Natural Cities on November 4 will examine nature in urban spaces to help mitigate the impact of growing cities, with speakers including Dawoud Al Hajri, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Municipality; Wong Mun Summ, Founding Director of WOHA and Architect of the Singapore Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai; Asif Khan, who designed the iconic entrance gates for Expo 2020; and Jorge Perez Jaramillo, architect, town planner and former director of planning, Medellín, Colombia.

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