The panel discussion will focus on insights from small towns for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, in the context of demographic, economic and social transformations in small towns and the nature of service delivery and governance. The discussion will contribute to increased recognition of the role of smaller settlements in meeting Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and New Urban Agenda (NUA) goals, better appreciation of applicability of decentralised infrastructure solutions, and wider inclusion of smaller settlements and decentralised infrastructure in policy documents, discourse and project implementation.
The focus on small towns potentially affects all major commitments under the NUA, viz. social inclusion, urban prosperity and resilient sustainability. Highlighting this vital scalar dimension, this side event presents insights from small towns for the implementation of the NUA and the SDGs, in the context of demographic, economic and social transformations in small towns and the nature of service delivery and governance. It will highlight the myriad and thriving economies of small towns, their role in migration and issues of environmental resilience and service provision and cross-learnings for informal settlements. It will, inter alia, draw on extensive field research on settlements in India (recently published as ‘Subaltern Urbanisation in India’), Indonesia and West Asia.
The event builds on earlier engagements by CPR and its partners that spotlighted small towns and informal settlements during Prepcom3 at Surabaya in July 2016 and at Habitat III in Quito in October 2016.
Details are on the WUF9 website.
- Partha Mukhopadhyay, Centre for Policy Research (India)
- Valerie Clerc, L'Institut de recherche pour le développement- IRD (France)
- Gregory F Randolph, Just Jobs Network (USA/India)
- Hamento Kusuma Widjaja, RUJAK Center for Urban Studies (Indonesia)
- Anant Maringanti, Hyderabad Urban Labs (India)