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Urban Health for a Sustainable Future: The Post-2015 Agenda

Date: September 20, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Speaker(s):

Jo Ivey Boufford, MD; Shamin Hayder Talukder; Tony Capon

Location: The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029


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. Speakers will share their views and actively discuss with the audience how best to facilitate the advocacy, policy reform, and resource mobilization needed to implement effective urban strategies for health in the Sustainable Development Goals.

About the Speaker(s)

Jo Ivey Boufford
President, The New York Academy of Medicine; International Society for Urban Health (ISUH)

Shamin Hayder Talukder
Founder and CEO, Eminence; President-Elect ISUH

Tony Capon
Director, International Institute for Global Health, United Nations University, Malaysia; Member, ICSU Urban Health Scientific Committee, Member, the Lancet-Rockefeller Foundation Commission on Planetary Health

 

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