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5TH LIVABLE CITIES SYMPOSIUM

THE MARMARA TAKSİM, OCTOBER 26TH 2017

SUSTAINABLE CITIES FOR ALL

Accomplishing ‘New Urban Agenda’ for the next 20 years

The majority of global population will be living in cities in the 21st century. Taking the intense increase in the population in urban areas into consideration, Habitat III Conference discussed ‘New Urban Agenda’ in September 2016. Global standards are set to catch up with the sustainable urban development during the next 20 years. With the new agenda, from city leaders to the representatives of the private sector, we all need to revise how we build our cities.

The conversation around sustainable cities and Habitat III has focused on three major themes in recent years: population density in urban areas, the role of the cities in climate change and injuries and fatalities caused by traffic crashes.

21. Conference of Parties (COP21) –organized in Paris in 2015- was one of the most outstanding events on fight against climate change by hosting high level representatives from 195 countries, leaders from over 10 thousand NGOs. The event is especially significant for the goals set and thresholds determined in Paris Agreement signed after COP21, presenting the framework regulating the new global climate policies for post 2020, when Kyoto ends. With the Paris Agreement, the parties agreed to keep the temperature rise to well below 2 degrees C and to pursue efforts limiting the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees C. It is impossible to reduce the impacts of climate change unless changing how we build, manage and live in our cities. Therefore, cities bear a critical role in measures taken against climate change.

Global Status Report on Road Safety 2015 suggests that despite the increase in population and in the number of motor vehicles, traffic crash fatalities have not risen. However, the expected positive change is happening rather slowly. In November 2015, delegates from a hundred countries met in Brazil and discussed the possible solutions to cut the fatalities in traffic in half by 2020. The declaration links to greater issues of development, including sustainability, resilience, urban growth management and social equity.” This sets the stage for appropriate consideration of road deaths and injuries within the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

When we go over 2015, we see that many countries –including Turkey- signed significant international agreements like UN Sustainable Development Goals, Brasilia Road Safety Declaration, COP21 Paris Agreement to improve the livability and sustainability of the cities. With these agreements, the countries actually set goals for cities in climate, urbanization and road safety by 2030. With the New Urban Agenda, the representatives from states, city leaders and NGOs assume great responsibilities. This Agenda will lay the foundations for policies and approaches that shape our future.

At Livable Cities Symposium 2016, we discussed the commitments for cities of Turkey from 2015. At Livable Cities Symposium 2017, we will discuss how we can implement the global commitments of 2015 in Turkey in beyond.

EVENT PROGRAM

  • 09:15 - 09:45

OPENING REMARKS

Ani Dasgupta - Director, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities
Ali Danış - Chair of Board, WRI Turkey Sustainable Cities
Dutch Consul General in Istanbul

  • 09:45 - 11:00

CITIES IN 2050

Mehmet Duman - Secretary General, UCLG MEWA
WRI Europe (TBC)
Paolo Humanes - Director Strategic Business Development, PTV Group
TBC
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Pınar Mengüç- Director, Center for Energy, Environment and Economy

  • 11:00 - 11:20
  • 11:20 - 11:30

Ben Welle, Global Health & Road Safety Manager, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

  • 11:30 - 12:45

SOLUTIONS INCREASING THE QUALITY OF LIFE

Sunny Kodukula - Projecet Coordinator, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy
Hülya Arkon - Head of Studies and Project Department, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality
Daniel Chekol - Project Coordinator, Bloomberg Initiative Global Road Safety (BIGRS)
Çiğdem Çörek Öztaş - Urban Development and Accessibility Projects Manager, WRI Turkey Sustianable Cities
Moderator: Ben Welle,Global Health & Road Safety Manager, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

  • 12:45 - 13:45
  • 13:45 - 15:15

SMART CITIES

TBC
Umutcan Duman - Founder, Evreka
Muhammed Alyürük - General Manager, İSBAK
Ali Rebaie - President, Rebaie Analytics Group
Moderator: Vishal Ramprasad - Urban Innovation Senior Project Associate, WRI India Sustainable Cities

  • 15:15 - 15:30

Ebru Kantoğlu - Corporate Commmunications Manager, Doğuş Otomotiv

  • 15:30 - 15:50
  • 15:50 - 16:05

Levent Taşkın - President of Middle East, Africa& Turkey, Danfoss

  • 16:05 - 17:20

URBAN ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Meltem Bayraktar - Building Efficiency Technical Adviser, WRI Turkey Sustainable Cities
Korkmaz Gül - General Directorate of Renewable Energy
TBC
Moderator: Hakan Irgit - Member of Board, WRI Turkey Sustainable Cities

***WRI Turkey Sustainable Cities reserves the right to change the people and organizations in the draft agenda.

MODERATORS

BEN WELLE
Global Health & Road Safety Manager
HAKAN IRGIT
ACCENTURE TURKEY MANAGING PARTNER
PROF. DR. PINAR MENGÜÇ
ACADEMICIAN
VISHAL RAMPRASAD
Urban Innovation Senior Project Associate, WRI India Sustainable Cities

SPEAKERS

ALI REBAIE
PRESIDENT, DATA SCIENCE ANTHROPOLOGIST
ALI RIZA DANIS
CHAIR OF BOARD
ÇİĞDEM ÇÖREK
Urban Development and Accessibility Projects Manager
DANIEL MOLLA CHEKOL
PROJECT COORDINATOR
DR. MELTEM BAYRAKTAR
TECHNICAL ADVISER, BUILDING EFICIENCY
LEVENT TAŞKIN
PRESIDENT OF MIDDLE EAST, AFRICA & TURKEY, DANFOSS
MUHAMMED ALYÜRÜK
IMM ISBAK INC. GENERAL MANAGER
SANTHOSH KODUKULA
Project Coordinator, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy
UMUTCAN DUMAN
CO-FOUNDER AND CEO OF EVREKA

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WRI Turkey Sustianable Cities –previously known as EMBARQ Turkey Sustainable Transportation Association- is a part of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities working to improve the quality of life for millions living in cities globally with program offices in Brasil, China, India, Mexico and Turkey. WRI Turkey Sustainable Cities develops solutions for urban mobility and urban efficiency problems threatening the environment and human health taking “human oriented cities” principle as a basis, and collaborates with local and central administration to tackle these problems. For more information, check www.wrisehirler.org