5 - 7 October in Incheon, Korea
On occasion of ICLEI's 20th anniversary the Future of Cities congress takes place in Incheon, Korea. The conference addresses the most pressing issues for future-oriented urban development and management. Keynotes, expert presentations, debates, most advanced examples from all over the world and exchange of opinions and experiences at roundtables will set the course for local government action in an era of rapid environmental and demographic changes.
For GRF Davos, Dr. Andreas Rechkemmer,Chief Science and Policy Advisor, was invited to give a keynote speech within the session "Leading the Future - Resilience". Rechkemmer emphasized will vulnerability, adaptation and resilience have emerged as key areas for the sustainability of cities. Future urban planning and management has to seek the resilience of people, eco-zones and the built environment.
„Adaptation is a function of resilience. Why is it so important? Because. its about what communities can do for themselves. Disasters, are a problem for the poor and marginalized, which is why finding resources for reconstruction is such a challenge. This constitutes a climate justice problem where there is significant disparity between the Global North and the Global South."
In the session discussion it became clear again that to be sustainable, a community must improve its level of resilience in proportion to its vulnerabilities and the threats it faces. The effects of climate change are already posing a greater number of risks – many of which are unpredictable and all of which are sure to exploit the weakest points of an urban environment.
Please find the detailed session decription >>>here.