IUCN co-organizes Pakistan Urban Forum-South Asian Cities Conference

Karachi, January 07, 2014  

The Planning and Development Department of the Government of Sindh, the South Asia Institute of Harvard University, Urban Unit, Government of Punjab, International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN and the Institute of Architects, Pakistan jointly organized the Pakistan Urban Forum - South Asian Cities Conference in January, 2014. Major Universities in Pakistan collaborated at this Forum of discourse, deliberation and seeking innovative solutions to common challenges of urbanity in Pakistan and the region.

Participation was from Pakistan, South Asian countries and other parts of the world. The Forum – Conference was held from 9th to 12th January 2014 and brought together all stakeholders, including government departments, professionals, community-based organisations, urban activists, corporate leadership, academia and the citizenry, in an effort to share experiences and learning in the framework of strategic national urban development. The rapid growth of cities is a common and persisting phenomenon in most of the developing countries including Pakistan. These cities boast enormous history and culture, having gone through several transformations. The journeys of the cities carry numerous stories of development. The Forum provided a platform for an assessment and critique to develop a better consensus, going forward. It also provided an opportunity for the citizens to interact with all stakeholders.

The aim of the Forum was to formulate results in synthetic production of publications that provides a deeper understanding about explicit relationships, tangible and intangible networks that facilitate the flow of energy, information, goods and people for a sustainable urban scenario. It also created future opportunities of cooperation and research between the government, academia, international organizations and various communities, so needed in finding solutions to the problems of our ever growing cities. With 4 concurrent sessions being held each day, the Forum examined a number of key areas, including city governance, urban economy and policy, urban infrastructure, histories of South Asian cities, conservation of the built environment, public health, water and sanitation, housing and many more.

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