[2017] Vientiane International Mayors Forum

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 - 9:30pm to Friday, 17 March 2017 - 6:00am

Programme

 

Formal Opening (Official Opening Ceremony of the 10th Regional EST Forum in Asia)

Welcome Remark

Hon. Mr. Keophilavanh Aphaylath (Vientiane Vice Mayor, Lao People's Democratic Republic)

Opening Address

  • Ms. Chikako Takase (Director, United Nations Centre for Regional Development)
  • Dr. Madan B. Regmi (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific)
  • Dr. Jong Soo Yoon (Head, United Nations Office for Sustainable Development)
  • Mr. Hiroaki Takiguchi (Director, Ministry of the Environment, Japan)
  • H.E. Dr. Bounchanh Sinthavong (Minister of Public Works and Transport, Lao People's Democratic Republic)

Keynote Address

Mr. Bambang Susantono (Vice-President, Asian Development Bank)

Address by Guest of Honour

H.E. Mr. Somdy Douangdy (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Lao People's Democratic Republic)

 

Day 2 (March 15, 2017)- 1st day of Vientiane International Mayors Forum

Session 1: Policies for Achieving Smart, Resilient and Low Carbon Cities

Session Chair: H.E. Mr. Ramesh Lekhak (Minister, Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport, Nepal)

Facilitator / Moderator: Dr. Ralph D. Wahnschafft (Senior Advisor on Sustainable Development, Sustainable Energy and Transport Expert, Germany)

Background Presentations

  • "Outcome of HABITAT III ~ Policy Insights to Sustainable Urban Transport in Achieving Smart, Resilient and Low Carbon Cities" Dr. Avi Sarkar (Chief Technical Advisor, MEK-WATSAN and WAC - South East Asia Region, UN HABITAT)
  • "Case Study on Bhutan LRT System ~ Outcome of the Pre- feasibility Study" Hon. Mr. Karma Wangchuk Penjor (Secretary, MOIC, the Government of Bhutan) &  Mr. Julien Gaudremeau (Director, Rail Concepts, France) & Dr. Charlie Hargroves (Director, Strategic Transitions Group, Australia)
  • "New Energy Development in Low-Carbon City" Mr. Haifeng Lu (Secretary General, Global Forum on Human Settlements, People's Republic of China)
  • "Challenges and Opportunities in Turning our Cities into Smart Cities - Case of 100 Smart Cities Mission of India" Mr. Mukund Kumar Sinha (Joint Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, the Government of India)
  • "Implementation of Renewable Energy Projects" Dr. Sermkham Thoummavongsa (Deputy Director General, Institute of Renewable Energy Promotion, Ministry of Energy and Mines, the Government of Lao People's Democratic Republic)

 

Session 2: Integrated Planning for Sustainable Urban Development – Localizing the SDGs, Addressing the New Urban Agenda

Facilitator / Moderator: Ms. Birgitte Bryld (Senior Economic Affairs Officer, Division for Sustainable Development, UN DESA)

Panelists:

 

Session 3: Public Participation in Urban Planning and Development

Facilitator / Moderator: Prof. Marie Thynell (Associate Professor, University of Gothenburg, Sweden)

Panelists:

 

Session 4: Financing for SDG 11

Facilitator / Moderator: Mr. Arturo Ardila-Gomez (Global Lead Urban Mobility and Lead Transport Economist, World Bank)

Panelists:

 

Session 5: Conservation of Urban Cultural and Natural Heritage and Historic Urban Landscapes, Provision of Recreational “Green” and Other Urban Public Spaces

Facilitator / Moderator: "Conservation of cultural and natural heritage and historic urban landscapes and provision of recreational "green" and other public spaces: Technical session conclusion and recommendations" Dr. Ralph D. Wahnschafft (Senior Advisor on Sustainable Development, Sustainable Energy and Transport Expert, Germany)

Panelists:

 

Session 6: Making Our Cities More Resilience - Implementation of Sendai Framework, Integrating DRR in Urban Planning, Addressing Climate Change Impacts, etc.

Facilitator / Moderator: Mr. Ian Rector (Representative of International Recovery Platform/Senior Infrastructure and Resilience Advisor, Asia Region, United Nations Office for Project Services)

Panelists:

 

Formal Closing

Closing Remarks

  • Ms. Chikako Takase (Director, United Nations Centre for Regional Development)
  • Dr. Madan B. Regmi (Economic Affairs Officer, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific)
  • Dr. Jong Soo Yoon (Head, United Nations Office for Sustainable Development)
  • H.E. Dr. Bounchanh Sinthavong (Minister of Public Works and Transport, Lao People's Democratic Republic)

 

Documentation

Information Note

Substantive Report