Thursday, 17 June 2021, 3:00-4:30 p.m. GMT+8 (9:00-10:30 a.m. CEST)
Net Zero: 2050 Low Carbon Spatial Planning
In this 4th session of the Low Carbon Cities Webinar, curated by the GTALCC Project under UNDP Malaysia and the Ministry of Environment and Water (KASA), we’ll be taking a look at on the the topic of Spatial Planning in the context of Achieving Net-Zero Emissions by the year 2050. Joining with us this 17th of June will be 5 experts, both local and foreign, who specializes in urban / spatial planning in each of their respective cities. Tune in as we hear their unique insights on how we could decarbonize our cities through approaches such as integrated land use planning strategies, tools, and policies with regard to other land uses, as well as the capitalization of renewables to power our ever burgeoning cities.
“RTUS IDEATHON” is an activity supervised by ReThink Urban Spaces-RTUS, a Thai-European Youth Forum on Urban Community Development, a programme funded by the European Union. With the cooperation of the Goethe-Institut Thailand, Thai Civic Education Foundation and Child and Youth Media Foundation.
RTUS’s goal is to support the development of activities and mechanisms to enhance youth participation in the urban development process for inclusive cities. Moreover, applicants will have the opportunity to join an exchange platform with their pairs in the European Capital cities.
IDEATHON will be RTUS’s first step to engage 20 youth aged 18-25 years old in 5 cities such as Khon Kaen, Kanchanaburi, Hat Yai, Chiang Mai and Bangkok in a three-day event. IDEATHON is a platform where young people can share and initiate their ideas toward urban changes in their cities.
Application period: 1st until 25th of June 2021 at www.rtus-th.org Event Dates: • Khon Kaen during 14th and 16th July 2021 • Kanchanaburi during 30th July and 1st August 2021 • Hat Yai during 20th until 22nd August 2021 • Chiang Mai during 3rd until 5th September 2021 • Bangkok during 17th until 19th September 2021
Notice: Event dates are subjected to change in accordance to COVID-19 local situation.
MobiliseYourCity member cities and countries across the world are taking action and demonstrating their commitment to transforming transport. On 25th June 2021, experts, practitioners, financing institutions and decision-makers will come together during the MobiliseYourCity Global Forum to provide answers to key challenges faced by cities on the way to sustainable mobility. They will discuss new opportunities for collaboration and some of the sector’s most important issues as MobiliseYourCity steps up its efforts to shape low-carbon mobility systems that contribute to efficient, safe and just cities.
The conference part of the day will be opened by a panel with high-level representatives of the governments of Germany, France and the EU discussing how the lessons of five years of successful implementation can be rapidly scaled to meet the global challenges of the moment. Speakers from around the world will then address topics ranging from financing sustainable urban mobility to using digital technologies to ensure a sustainable and just transition in urban mobility or accompanying institutional change beyond infrastructure development in roundtables and further panel discussions.
In 2018 four pioneer local governments—Kitakyushu, New York, Toyama, and Shimokawa—presented their Voluntary Local Review (VLR) of progress towards achieving the 2030 Agenda. Ever since, the VLR movement has grown, with an increasing number of local and regional governments presenting their own VLR each year. Despite the unprecedented challenges humanity faced in 2020, VLRs have served to ratify commitments by local and regional governments to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Moreover, recent Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs), such as that by Japan in 2021, are recognising and referring to the important role of VLRs.
Since the VLR movement was launched, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) has made significant efforts to support the creation of the four existing Japanese VLRs (as of June 2020) and engage in global processes to accelerate local action on the SDGs. In 2020, IGES presented the first volume of the “State of the Voluntary Local Reviews” series that provided assessment of the first two years of VLRs and analysis of the VLR launched in 2018 and 2019.
This webinar celebrates the launching of the second volume of the “State of the Voluntary Local Reviews” report. Entitled “From reporting to action,” the report analyses the progress of VLRs and outlook of the VLRs conducted in 2020. This webinar will share the main findings of the report and bring together cities that conducted a VLR, providing an opportunity for participants to exchange experiences and lessons learnt. Through this open conversation, we aim at highlighting the benefits VLR can bring to local governments, thereby encouraging other local governments to take up this challenge. By covering the development of the VLR movement during 2020, this webinar hopes to be an input to the 2021 high-level political forum (HLPF 2021).