The Discussion board was formally opened by His Highness Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Government Council, and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court docket ,accompanied by the Government Director of UN-Habitat, Maimunah Mohd Sharif, in a vibrant, excessive tech ceremony.
The spectacular opening ceremony curated by AbuDhabi is a becoming opening for this essential discussion board & an indication of the kind of cooperation this world wants. There have been many individuals concerned in placing this collectively in the present day, thanks to all of the individuals who labored on this! pic.twitter.com/XsHnsreCty— Maimunah Mohd Sharif (@MaimunahSharif) February 9, 2020
In his video message, the UN Secretary-Basic thanked Abu Dhabi for internet hosting this primary ever World City Discussion board within the Arab Area.
He famous that urbanization is among the megatrends of our instances and steering it nicely, will assist deal with international challenges similar to local weather change.
“As we embark on a Decade of Motion to ship the Sustainable Growth Targets, the world’s cities, cities and communities might be on the coronary heart of this work”, stated the UN chief.
Make sustainable urbanization a actuality
“The United Nations counts on native and nationwide leaders, companies, civil society and different companions to assist present options to international threats, together with the local weather emergency” Mr. Guterres added, urging members to make sustainable urbanization a actuality and be certain that nobody and no place is left behind.
Ms. Sharif stated the Discussion board had really come of age because the world’s premier gathering of thinkers and doers for sustainable urbanization, coinciding this yr with the UN’s 75th anniversary.
The President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji, Frank Bainimarama, and the Chairman of the Division of Municipalities and Transport representing the Native Organising Committee of WUF10, Falah Al Ahbabi, have been among the many dignitaries at Sunday’s ceremony.
Thanking the President of Afghanistan and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji for his or her continued help of UN-Habitat, Ms. Sharif stated it was their sense of urgency, their means to translate coverage into observe and to treat urbanization in holistic phrases that will guarantee it could possibly be reworked into alternatives for sustainable growth.
“Pressing, systematic and international motion is required”, stated President Ghani. “We’ve the instruments and repertoire of methods to resolve the issue”, he added, noting that the world wanted a State-level change of tradition, in addition to a recent strategy to the tradition of world organizations.
Previous fashions are untenable
Mr. Bainimarama stated the Discussion board supplied the chance to debate the function of cities in averting crises by making city residing synonymous with sustainability.
He stated residing requirements in cities had grown remarkably, however that progress has come at the price of a warming world.
“The previous mannequin of growth is untenable; if we proceed to urbanise on carbon-intensive industries, the world’s cities will crumble into hotbeds of inequality and excessive vulnerability”, he warned.
H.E. Falah Mohammad Al Ahbabi thanked UN-Habitat for its help, steerage and imaginative and prescient in making the Discussion board in Abu Dhabi a actuality.
“It’s a privilege to see the world’s biggest minds in sustainability come collectively from greater than 160 nations to problem the traditional methods, to deal with essential points and uncover new insights on urbanization”, he stated. “With greater than 18,000 registered members and 580 audio system and 133 exhibitors, now we have strengthened our capability and stay united in our imaginative and prescient to create a greater world for the following technology.”
Concrete motion important
Audio system supported the UN-Habitat chief’s name for the Discussion board to provide you with concrete motion.
“What I hope to see…is a set of declared actions. Commitments that we are going to make on a voluntary foundation as people, communities, cities and nations; and even at native, regional and international ranges that assist mark this Decade of Motion to perform the SDGs by 2030,” she stated.