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Event track:
The Anthropocene: An urban planet

The international research platform Future Earth launches a major new initiative – the Future Earth Urban Knowledge Action Network – to bring together researchers, policymakers and practitioners to co-produce the knowledge needed for sustainable cities.

  • Opening statement by Minister of Housing Peter Eriksson from the Government of Sweden on the importance of the implementation of the New Urban Agenda particularly in the context of the UN SDGs. To achieve these goals, there is a need for :
    • science to guide decision makers
    • collaboration between researchers, local and federal governments, international science-policy fora, civil society and the private sector.
  • Presentation by Prof Xuemei Bai (Australian National University): Future Earth and why sustainable urbanization and cities are important in the entire Future Earth picture. The rationale and vision of the Urban KAN.
  • Interactive Panel Discussion with feedback from the audience including participation from members of the Urban KAN to answer/react to the panelists:
    • (From your stakeholder perspective) what should be the main priorities for the Urban KAN to support the implementation of the NUA and UN SDGs?
    • (From your stakeholder perspective) what engagement mechanisms should the Urban KAN use to ensure useful and effective dialogues with stakeholders?


Minister of Housing Peter Eriksson from the Government of Sweden
María Del Pilar Cornejo, Former Minister of Ecuador for Risk Management
Russell Copeman, Member of the Executive Committee, Responsible for housing and urban planning, City of Montreal
Mark Watts, Executive Director, C40
Ulrika Stenkula, Architect and Partner, White arkitekter Firm
Stéphanie Allard, VP, Montréal International

Contact: alyson.surveyer@futureearth.org


Where to find us

The exhibition will take place at the National Assembly, 300 meters from Parque del Arbolito and the main conference venue, La Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana “Benjamin Carrion.”

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Image Credits:
Header image is a modified and cropped version of Old town of Quito by Simon Matzinger under CC - Some rights reserved.
Header image is a modified and cropped version of And when I go there, I go there with you... by Scipio under CC NC - Some rights reserved. Areal Photography via USGS's Landsat program, through the earth explorer interface.