Side Events convened on Monday, 14 December 2009
Presented by UN-HABITAT

L-R: Jan Kubis, UNECE; Jose Miguel Guzman, UNFPA; Anna Tibaijuka, UN-HABITAT; and David Simon, University of London.

Jose Miguel Guzman, UN Population Fund (UNFPA), stressed that urban migration is increasing exponentially, and underscored the need to plan cities to account for future population growth.  

Anna Tibaijuka, UN-HABITAT, explained that city slums will grow in the 21st century and that women and children will suffer most.
Olav Kjorven, UNDP, detailed how Montevideo, Uruguay, is working as part of a North-South-South network towards reducing its contribution to climate change. Achim Halpaap, UNITAR, explained UNITAR’s emphasis on working with sub-national authorities to deliver capacity building and inter-regional lesson sharing.

Sylvie Lemmet, UNEP, emphasized the need to refurbish existing buildings and build new energy efficient buildings, adding that the number of different stakeholders in the construction industry pose a key challenge to a low-carbon urban future. Jan Kubis, UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), stated that the largest potential for GHG savings in the construction sector is from residential houses.
Wolfgang Förster, City of Vienna, Austria, outlined Vienna’s work on energy efficiency, which includes stringent standards for new buildings and retrofitting.

Jason Hartke, US Green Building Council, argued that the private sector has a strong role to play in financing buildings while simultaneously securing economic, social and environmental benefits.

Marta Delgado, Mexico City, Mexico, outlined energy efficiency activities in her city, and its active involvement in an international network to draw lessons from other “mega-cities.