[WEBCAST] India's Road to Urban ResilienceVIEW EVENT DETAILS
Building Cities of the Future - Architecture, Urbanisation & Public Health: Part III
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In India, major urban centres provide livelihoods and jobs to a majority of the nations’ population. According to a joint report by CBRE and CREDAI in 2019, urban areas account for 63% of the nation’s GDP and will contribute about 75% of the GDP by 2030. So why have 5 Indian cities reported more than 50% of the country's total coronavirus cases and deaths?
Controlling a pandemic while dealing with other natural disasters like floods and cyclones has highlighted the importance of a multi-faceted approach to urban planning and development. While the government’s Smart City Mission is a step in the right direction, a specific focus on climate resilience and public health risks will help address current vulnerabilities and mitigate future challenges. This programme will discuss the transition from risk management to long term resiliency planning post the pandemic. It will shed light on potential plans for building cities that incorporate crucial areas such as infrastructure, public health systems and climate change and put sustainability and equity at the heart of the solution.
Join us for a discussion on the future of Indian cities with Amit Prothi, Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, Global Resilient Cities Network; Amir Bazaz, Senior Lead - Practice, Indian Institute of Human Settlements and Dr Shifalika Goenka, Professor, Public Health Foundation of India. Aditya Bahadur, Principal Researcher, International Institute for Environment and Development will moderate the discussion.
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This is the third programme in our series on 'Building Cities of the Future: Architecture, Urbanisation and Public Health'. This series discusses issues of housing, urban planning, transportation, mobility and infrastructure resilience with leading global urban planners, architects, policy experts, and academics. The discussions will share emerging ideas, critical research and relevant best practices to help design sustainable cities for the future.
Amit Prothi is Managing Director (Asia-Pacific) at the Global Resilient Cities Network, a grantee of the Rockefeller Foundation, that collaborates with nearly 100 global cities to protect vulnerable communities from climate change and other physical, social and economic challenges. In a career spanning nearly 25 years across 12 countries, Amit has worked with The World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and numerous government and private sector entities. Recently, as part of the 100 Resilient Cities program, he was responsible for managing the preparation of resilience strategies across several Asian cities including Seoul and Chennai.
Dr. Shifalika Goenka is a Professor at the Public Health Foundation of India. She also leads the Physical Activity program at the Centre for Chronic Disease Control (CCDC) – a WHO Collaborating Centre for Surveillance Capacity Building & Translational Research in Cardio-metabolic diseases. She works in the areas of physical activity, built environment & policies, worksite health promotion for the prevention of non-communicable diseases and obesity & also bioethics and qualitative research methods. She was a commissioner on the Lancet Obesity Commission
Amir Bazaz is Senior Lead - Practice at the Indian Institute of Human Settlements. He has substantial experience in working with various integrated assessment frameworks and modelling arrangements. His current research interests are low-carbon societies/infrastructure, climate change mitigation and adaptation (across scales) with a specific focus on urban-climate change linkages and climate, energy and environment policy.
Aditya Bahadur is the Principal Researcher in Human Settlements at the International Institute for Environment and Development. He is a specialist in climate-resilient urban development, transformative approaches for risk reduction, monitoring and evaluation of resilience initiatives, designing and delivering research and learning programmes on climate and development, supporting governments in policy and institutional development for resilience with a focus on South and Southeast Asia. His current work explores the interplay of climate change and disaster risk with urban development in the South and Southeast Asian region.
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