Cities and urban areas are increasingly affected by the impacts of major global challenges. At the same time these challenges are driving the development of innovative solutions in cities, providing the opportunity to create pathways towards a sustainable, green and inclusive development worldwide.
Building on the momentum of the UN 2023 Water Conference and bringing together this year’s HLPF focus on SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation) and SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), the Side Event of the German Government will showcase the transformative potential of integrated urban development and sustainable water management for a just transition towards water-secure, climate-resilient and socially equitable cities, while leaving no one behind.
In this context, the event will also highlight the importance of equitable participation of vulnerable groups, e.g. those residing in informal settlements, women and girls, and the role of nature based solutions and innovative financing mechanisms to catalyze a sustainable, water and climate resilient urban development.
The German Side Event at this year’s HLPF will bring together practitioners, high-level speakers from different levels of governments around the world, including the Heads of German Delegation Dr. Bärbel Kofler, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Dr. Bettina Hoffmann, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV), as well as representatives of the UN system as renowned experts from related policy sectors to discuss the challenges and opportunities of inclusive and effective blue urban transformation around the globe.
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