High-level Dialogue on Sustainable Cities, Transport and Tourism & Global Forum on Human Settlements 2014

Organized by, City of Bogota, United Nations Environment Programme, Global Forum on Human Settlements, UN-HABITAT

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 and pushing forward the sustainable city and tourism and improving the human settlements. Hence, the main objectives of this Dialogue are to:

  • Provide a platform for national and international information exchange for participants and decision makers from both developing and developed countries;
  • Highlight proven sustainable city, tourism and human settlements policies and measures, and identify good and best practices in this regard;
  • demonstrate the achievements and successful experiences of the host city in the development of sustainable city, transportation and tourism and further advance the local sustainable development; 
  • Promote bilateral and multilateral communication and cooperation of economy, technology and culture;
  • Facilitate capacity building through national and international exchanges of information and experiences among relevant practitioners, experts and policy makers, particularly from developing countries; 
  • Provide opportunities for capacity building for visiting participants, in particular from developing countries and Pacific and other Small Island Developing States (SIDS);and
  • Contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals lunched by the UN and the High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development.

The Conference has been attended by more than 500 participants, including the UN officials, international dignitaries, representatives of relevant countries, city mayors, city planners and designers, representatives from the sectors of transportation, energy, tourism, architecture, environment protection, private sectors, NGOs, universities, international financial institutions, etc. As President of the Urban Morphology Institute, Serge Salat delivered  a speech on “Regulating land use for more compact cities, urban sustainability and energy efficiency”.


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