Global experts on urban development get together to discuss the future of cities over the next 20 years!
- International Conference on National Urban Policy 2015 in Songdo, Incheon -
☐ The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of Korea (minister : Kang Ho-in) announced that it would host the International Conference on National Urban Policy 2015 with UN-Habitat under the theme of「The Future of National Urban Policy - Towards Smarter and Greener Cities」in Incheon(Songdo Convensia) for 5 days from December 14th to 18th.
ㅇ The conference brought together 500 people(90 foreign guests) including urban experts of international organizations such as UN-Habitat and the OECD as well as the representatives of 32 countries.
ㅇ In particular, this conference was a meaningful international event as it aimed to assess the progress of Commitments on housing and urban development endorsed at Habitat II in 1996 before the vicennial UN Conference, Habitat III, which will take place next year in Ecuador, and discuss the ways of building resilience to climate change and the future direction of urban policy such as Smart Green City.
☐ Vice Minister, Kim Kyung-Hwan of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of Korea gave his keynote address in the conference, highlighting that Habitat II, held in 1996 with the purpose of globally responding to surging urban population and deteriorating conditions of human settlements due to urbanization, had played a key role in promoting economic development, expanding urban infrastructure such as road, water and drainage facility and ensuring the human right to adequate housing.
ㅇ But, he also pointed out that, unlike developed nations, many developing countries in the process of urbanization were still facing various challenges including urban poor and environmental degradation and the world should build strong capacity to respond, with a sense of urgency, to any possible disasters and calamities that could occur on a larger scale.
ㅇ In addition, he expected that Korea's successful experiences in urbanization and smart city development using the latest ICT, green building systems(BIM, BEM)* and smart transport systems(ITS, BIS)** would present one of solutions to such challenges and asked many countries to foster bilateral cooperation with Korea.
* BIM(Building Information Modeling), BEM(Building Energy Management System)
** ITS(Intelligent Transport System), BIS(Bus Information System)
☐ The conference is expected to offer good guidance on the role of Korea in the international arena, especially in setting Habitat III agendas, and act as a catalyst for both the government and the private sector to expand their activities in the global society.
ㅇ The conference is composed of two-day long sessions on 14th and 15th, the policy experts meeting on Habitat III on 16th and a field visit program on 17th and 18th, which will be a good opportunity for the government officials of developing countries to visit Cheonggye-cheon, Pango and Dongtan new cities and Sejong City and see Korea's development progress in person.