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Resilient Design for Sustainable Urbanization in New York: 4 October 2013

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization, the Center for Resilient Design at New Jersey Institute of Technology, and the American Institute Architects New York join to host a high-level discussion, which will cover key developments in the area of resilient design. In the years leading to the HABITAT III Conference, and the post 2015 development agenda solutions will be sought for the challenges, in an era of ever increasing urbanisation and disasters that impact urban areas.

This event will bring together high-level experts and representatives from national and local governments, non-governmental organisations, institutes, foundations and industry, who will present case studies from around the world that respond to natural disasters and identify the resilient design challenges and opportunities that cities might face from disasters.

In celebration of World Habitat Day 2013, cities around the world will celebrate by organising events addressing Sustainable Urban Mobility. As natural disasters often result from expanding settlements in areas of risk around older urban cores, the alternative is a higher density sustainable urbanism supported by urban mobility. Many new cities exist in fragile ecosystems and economies that must be understood and protected if urban growth is to be sustainable. Disasters strike transportation systems causing tremendous problems regarding mobility. The expected objectives and outcomes of the meeting are:

1) To show the relationship between resilient design and sustainable urbanisation and sustainable urban mobility
2) To propose innovations and best practices in the area of resilient design, and urban mobility that can be shared among urbanized and urbanising areas
3) To highlight the need for policies as well as innovative, replicable solutions, ideas, concepts, and approaches that can be used in different contexts for resilient design
4) To identify resilient design ideas, concepts and approaches that are replicable

World Habitat Day 2013 - Friday, 4 October
Resilient Design for Sustainable Urbanization
ECOSOC Chamber, United Nations Headquarters, New York

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