Fifth Pacific Urban Forum

Background

The Pacific Urban Forum (PUF) is a regional event that aims to provide a unique and accessible platform for urban stakeholders to debate what creates a sustainable urban future for the region. The first PUF in 2003 gave rise to the Pacific Urban Agenda (PUA) which was endorsed by the United Nations ESCAP Commission in 2004 and by the Pacific Island Forum Leaders in 2005. The PUFs in 2007 and 2011 reaffirmed commitment to the PUA in its format up to then.

The Fourth Pacific Urban Forum, convened by UN-Habitat and CLGF Pacific from 25 to 27 March 2015 in Nadi, Fiji, focused on sustainable urbanization in the Pacific with a view to develop a New Urban Agenda for the region. The Forum provided a multi-stakeholder platform for discussion on the opportunities of well-managed urbanization and the interlinkages between the social, economic and environmental dimensions of equitable sustainable development. It adopted The New Pacific Urban Agenda, highlighting that specific needs of the Pacific in the process of urbanization must be recognized and adequately addressed in the post-2015 development agenda. It also calls inter alia for stronger engagement of the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and the CROP agencies on urbanization challenges.

The Fifth Pacific Urban Forum (PUF5) is scheduled to be held in Nadi, Fiji, in the first week of July 2019. Following the adoption of the New Urban Agenda and a renewed recognition of the many opportunities and challenges for the Pacific, PUF5 will provide an inclusive multi-stakeholder platform for review of progress towards the Pacific New Urban Agenda and for exchange and dialogue for further action planning.

The PUF5 will aim to:

  • ・Catalyze the engagement and raise the awareness of all stakeholders for enhancing the role of Pacific cities and towns for achievement of national and regional policy frameworks and agendas;
  • ・Improve the mechanisms for collection and exchange of knowledge and data on sustainable urbanization in the Pacific through open and accessible platforms for debates, sharing lessons learnt, best practices and good policies;
  • ・Increase action amongst relevant stakeholders for implementation, review and monitoring of the Pacific New Urban Agenda including through concrete commitments from participating countries and institutions which can be followed up at subsequent key global, regional and local fora;
  • ・Develop new partnerships to support an enabling environment for urban development the Pacific.

Objectives

In achieving the above, the Forum will:

  • 1)Review the Pacific New Urban Agenda based on country consultations and reporting, in light of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Habitat III outcomes and to take onboard emerging issues. Based on consultations, seek to articulate a set of key action-oriented policyoriented goals for implementation.
  • 2)Seek to develop an Action Plan with concrete countryand stakeholder commitments for the implementation of the Pacific New Urban Agenda along its pillars/goals and related areas, including:
    • a)Social Equity: Pacific Informal Settlements Upgrading Strategy;
    • b)Environment, Resilience and Urbanization: “Ocean Cities”;
    • c)Urban Economy: Financing Cities and Local Economic Development;
    • d)Urban Governance: National Urban Policies and multi-stakeholder partnerships;
    • e)Urban Data and Technologies to accelerate sustainable development.
  • 3)Provide recommendations on how to anchor the Pacific New Urban Agenda within the institutional and political regional architecture in the Pacific and support greater policy coherence in urbanization strategies and frameworks, as well as proposed strategies for engagement with other SIDS.
  • 4)Elicit voluntary commitments from countries, cities, stakeholders and development partners for a more measurable implementation and follow up review process of the Pacific New Urban Agenda amongst relevant stakeholders active in the region.
  • 5)Provide capacity development / shared learning opportunities in particular with regard to informal settlements upgrading.

The outcomes of the Pacific Urban Forum will provide contributions and inputs into global and regional platforms for sustainable urbanization, such as the 10th session of the World Urban Forum and the 7th Asia Pacific Urban Forum.

Forum related information

(1) Venue

Tanoa International Hotel
Address: Votualevu Road, Namaka, Nadi, Fiji
Phone: +679 672 0277
Website: https://www.tanoainternational.com/

(2) Registration

Register now and plan your participation: 
You can register via our online registration platform through the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/puf5_registration Further information on funding availability can be found in the online registration platform*. 
* Non-eligible organizations: International Organizations, NGOs outside the Pacific Region, academic institutions and private persons 
* Deadline for registration for participants applying for funding: 3 June 2019

(3) Call for Side Events

Interested organizations from government, inter-governmental organizations, civil society, private sector and other stakeholder groups are invited to express their interest in organising side events during PUF5. Side events should have a theme or purpose that is connected to the PUF5 themes. 
Online Application form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/puf5_side_events 
Deadline for Submission: 31 May 2019

(4) Exhibition

An exhibition area will be available for poster exhibition, display of material and presentations. Posters will be displayed for the duration of PUF5 (1-3 July, 2019).
Country delegations are invited to participate in the exhibition.
Other participants from inter-governmental organizations, Civil Society, Private Sector and other stakeholder groups are also invited to present relevant material in the poster exhibition area.
Details: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/puf5_exhibition
Deadline for Submission: 14 June 2019

Source: UN-Habitat Fukuoka

This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this article is that of the author and in no way reflects the opinion of UN-Habitat. 

Start date: 
Monday, July 1, 2019
End date: 
Wednesday, July 3, 2019