Sustainable Urbanisation, 3-5th July 2018, Suva, Fiji

OVERVIEW OF MEETING:

  • The Conference was organised by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and USP.
  • Representatives from seven Pacific island countries were represented including representatives from various regional communities, academic and multilateral organizations and development partners.
  • The 3 day meeting was organised as such:
  1. 3rd July: Knowledge Exchange on Ocean Cities: Exploring the ocean-climate-urban development nexus in Pacific island urban settlements
  2. 4th July: The Future of Pacific Cities: Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Urbanization in the Pacific
  3. 5th July: Pacific Update Meeting – urban opportunities
  • Fetoloai Yandall-Alama presented at the meeting on ‘Urban Based Solutions’ and was also a panelist on ‘Territorial Planning’.

OBJECTIVE / FOCUS:

  • The meeting provided an opportunity for UNESCAP to draw on knowledge and experiences from the Pacific to develop a series of policy briefs that look at (i) challenges and opportunities in Ocean Cities, (ii) nature based solutions, and (iii) community resilience.

EXPECTED OUTCOME:

  • UNESCAP is developing an integrated policy on climate responsive urbanisation in Ocean Cities to identify opportunities to bridge the gap between the built and natural environment.

WAY FOWAD FOR MNRE / SAMOA:

  • Participation at the 5th Pacific Urban in 2019 – venue still undecided.
  • Participation at the 7th Asia Pacific Urban Forum in 2019.
  • Note that Samoa has not been able to attend 2 World Urban Forums because of lack of funding as Samoa is no longer considered eligible for funding because of it’s middle-income status.
  • We need to seek funding opportunities for Samoa to participate in World Urban Forums if we are to achieve the SDG on Sustainable Cities.
  • MNRE to seek clarification on which Regional Organisation is facilitating / implementing / monitoring activities regarding urban development/planning / sustainable cities as this area is crucial to sustainable development but seems to be given less focus and attention by regional organisations.