Whereas the Rio+20 Conference laid the foundation and charted the overall course for the desirable and needed policy action towards “The Future We Want”, the challenges ahead lie in rapidly and effectively implementing the above mentioned decisions. The Berlin High-level Dialogue on Implementing Rio+20 Decisions on Sustainable Cities and Urban Transport will coincide with the first anniversary of the Rio+20 Conference. The Berlin High-level Dialogue will also coincide with the 2013 Global Forum on Human Settlements and Awards Ceremony (GFHS).
The main objectives of the dialogue are to (a) highlight proven sustainable urban planning and transport policies and measures, (b) identify good and best practices in this regard, and (c) facilitate capacity building through national and international exchanges of information and experiences among relevant practitioners, experts and policy makers, in particular from developing countries. Whereas the High-level Dialogue is not a formal inter-governmental meeting, it provides a forum for national, regional and global information exchange and consultations among stakeholders, experts and decision makers.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon recently announced a Five Year Action Plan for his second term in office (2012-2016). Transport was identified as one of the six main building blocks for achieving sustainable development. The Secretary-General announced his intention to “convene aviation, marine, ferry, rail, road and urban public transport providers, along with Governments and investors, to develop and take action on recommendations for more sustainable transport systems that can address rising congestion and pollution worldwide, particularly in urban areas.” The Berlin High-level Dialogue on Implementing Rio+20 Decisions on Sustainable Cities and Urban Transport will provide an important contribution to this process.
Date: June 19-21, 2013
Venue: Gasometer EUREF-Campus, Berlin, Germany