Post-2015 agenda calls for sustainable and resilient cities
A workshop organized by the Citizen`s Forum on Sustainable Development and the Organizing Committee of Global Meet 2013, identified a number of pressing issues and challenges, mainly the rise of extreme poverty and inequality in cities endangering achieving the goals of inclusive and sustainable urbanization.
The Dhaka Divisional Workshop was chaired by Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, Chief Coordinator of Bangladesh Climate Change Negotiation Team and Convener of Global Meet on Sustainable Development 2013, held on 16 March at National Press Club, Dhaka.
Dr. Kazi Maruful Islam of Dhaka University presented the outcomes of the six divisional workshops while Professor Dr. Nurunnabi Chowdhury of Dhaka University and UNDP`s Urban Programme Analyst Ashekur Rahman unveiled the conceptual dimensions of two selected themes (Democratic Governance and Sustainable Cities) of the workshop.
The workshop attended by the representatives of different civil society organizations, professional bodies, journalists, trade union and rights activists and individuals. The participants highlighted a wide range of issues under the sustainable cities theme and recommended various options for the post 2015 agenda.
Notable recommendations included addressing the increasing inequality in cities and ensuring equitable access to basic civic services, giving priority to the secondary and small township instead of bias towards megacities, promotion of renewable energy and surface water sources by reducing dependency on fossil fuels and underground water, shifting focus from capital intensive transport infrastructure to people oriented and environment friendly mass transport systems and accelerating rural urban linkages by harnessing ICT induced opportunities.