The objective of this side event for the 69th General Assembly of the United Nations is to identify progress toward and remaining activities to assure that the health needs of urban populations can be met in the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and the post-2015 development framework.
The agenda will address the following:
• Innovative strategies and investments to integrate urban health as a cross-cutting issue for sustainable development in cities across the world
• Sensitizing and encouraging global actors to enhance resource investments in sustainable development for urban health
• Encouraging inclusion of urban health concerns in national development agendas. Speakers will share their views and actively discuss how to promote advocacy, policy reform, and resource mobilization to implement effective urban strategies for health in the SDGs.
Jacob Kumaresan (confirmed)
Executive. Director, WHO Office, United Nations New York
Jo Ivey Boufford (confirmed)
President, The New York Academy of Medicine; International Society for Urban Health
Shamim Hayder Talukder (confirmed)
Founder and CEO, Eminence; President-Elect, ISUH
Eugenie L. Birch (confirmed)
Co-Director, Penn Institute for Urban Research, University of Pennsylvania; Co-chair, Transforming Cities Initiative of the Rockefeller Foundation
Tony Capon (confirmed)
Director, International Institute for Global Health, United Nations University, Malaysia; Member, ICSU Urban Health Scientific Committee
Jeffrey Sachs (invited)
Director, Earth Institute, Columbia University; Director, Sustainable Development Solutions Network
Bangladesh Government Delegates:
M M Neazuddin
Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Senior Secretary, Ministry of Local Government Rural Development and Cooperatives
Ashoke Madhab Roy
Additional Secretary, Ministry of Local Government Rural Development and Cooperatives
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development of 2012, Rio +20, was the platform that produced the concept of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) after a final progress report in September of 2015. The SDG process promotes an approach that fully integrates the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. “Attaining healthy lives for all” and “making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe and sustainable” are two of the proposed SDGs to be attained by 2030. A new proposed universal Sustainable Development Agenda will be presented to the United Nations General Assembly in September 2014, and launch a final year of country consultations. Along with governments, a broad range of civil society and international organizations are actively participating in this process.
Addressing the challenges of urbanization is critical to achieving sustainable development. Over half the world’s population lives in cities and global urban populations continue to grow by more than 1 million people every week. Unplanned urbanization results in growing numbers of urban poor, and a growing demand for employment, services and social benefits. Many people continue to live in slum conditions, with lack of access to basic infrastructure and services such as sanitation, electricity and health care. Sustainable development of urban areas requires integration, coordination, and investment to tackle land-use issues, food security, employment creation, transportation infrastructure development, biodiversity conservation, water conservation, renewable energy sourcing, waste and recycling management, and the provision of education, health care and housing. Innovative and transformative implementation of the Post-2015 Agenda requires new partnerships, institutions that can work in an integrated manner, technology transfer, capacity building, information access, and monitoring and reporting for accountability.
The Global Citizen Forum on Sustainable Development, an initiative of Eminence Associates for Sustainable Development, seeks to support a concerted effort to track the preparation, implementation and outcome of the post-2015 development goals related to urban health. During this side event, the Forum will bring together global actors to share experiences, ideas and opinions on how best to assure that urban health is well integrated into the post-2015 development framework.
International Society for Urban Health
The New York Academy of Medicine
Eminence Associates for Global Development
Global Citizen Forum on Sustainable Development