16 October 2018

University of New South Wales organizes conference on urban resilience in the Asia Pacific region

16 October 2018 - The University of New South Wales (Australia), a member institution of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), and in particular its Faculty of Built Environment, is organizing the Urban Resilience Asia Pacific Conference that will take place between 7 - 8 November 2018. The event aims to attract practitioners, researchers and decision-makers from all disciplines to present, discuss, debate and recommend social, physical, political and economic measures that build resilience in the Asia Pacific region.

The guiding question is, how can vulnerable, low-income neighborhoods in fast-growing cities in the Asia Pacific region become more resilient to disasters and climate change? While urbanization brings unprecedented social and economic opportunity, it also increases the threat of disasters, with greater concentrations of people living in dangerous places, such as those living in coastal areas, on land that floods, or on marginalised land. Asia Pacific is one of the world’s fastest urbanising regions but is also home to the largest number of people living in low-income settlements.

The region is susceptible to a wide range of natural hazards, including flood, windstorms, earthquake, volcano, tsunami and landslide. Climate change is also expected to contribute to sea level rise, stronger windstorms and higher temperatures, increasing urban risk and exacerbating migration. To address this, Sustainable Development Goal 11 has identified resilience as a key approach for creating inclusive, safe and sustainable cities. A key speaker will be Anna Naupa, who currently works at the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.

For more details about the event, which will be held in collaboration with Arup, Australia Red Cross and the South Asia Institute at Harvard University, including information on registration please visit this webpage.