Currently comprised of 27 cities across 11 pilot countries, the Global Platform for Sustainable Cities, or GPSC, supports cities in their efforts to adopt an integrated approach to urban planning and financing.
Led by the World Bank and supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), in collaboration with development partners, the GPSC promotes sustainable development amidst rapid urbanization and works with practitioners and thought leaders from around the world in developing solutions for sustainable urban growth.
At the annual forum, mayors and city leaders convene with experts from financial institutions, international organizations, UN agencies and the private sector, to share best practices in sustainable development planning and discuss policy options towards a common vision of urban sustainability.
The theme of the 2017 forum – ‘Innovation & Smart Solutions for Urban Sustainability’ – will be illustrated through the many scheduled events, including a Mayor’s RoundTable, high-level panel discussions and a series of in-depth learning events.
2nd GPSC Annual Meeting Agenda—download here
|Parallel Learning Events|
|Monday, 30th October||Learning event 1: Smart solutions for urban services|
|Learning event 2: Municipal finance, bonds and PPPs|
|GPSC Official Meeting|
|Tuesday, 31st October||Opening Session:|
|9:00 am to 12:30 pm|
|13:30 pm – 17:30 pm|
|13:30 pm - 15:30 pm|
|Launching Urban Sustainability Framework: Urban sustainability action plans|
|16:00 pm - 17:30 pm|
|Financing Action Plans|
|Wednesday, 1st November||Plenary Session:|
|9:00 am to 12:00 pm|
|Climate Change Dimension of Integrated Planning – Paris Agreement and city actions|
|13:30 pm to 15:30 pm|
Panel discussion – ‘Managing Urbanization’
Reflections & next steps
|Thursday, 2nd November||Site visits and learning|
Meeting Program Description
Monday, 30th October
Learning event 1: Smart solutions for urban services
Rapid urbanization pose tremendous and evolving challenges for governments at all levels. How will cities better deliver services while also fulfilling their economic potential? One innovative solution for urban living has come to the fore: ‘using big data for delivering smart services’.
In this session, seasoned experts demonstrate best-practice principles in integrating data and smart and sustainable city methodologies into urban planning across multiple sectors, including waste management. Leading examples of smart cities will share their planning strategies and the available tools that enhance efficiencies in service delivery and boost competitiveness as well as sustainability.
Learning event 2: Municipal finance, bonds and PPPs
Manifesting a city’s vision and strategy into reality requires securing adequate financing. Cities with the greatest infrastructure needs often lack the capacity and knowledge to develop investable projects. This is exacerbated by limited access to credit and an insufficient ability to take advantage of endogenous sources of finance that may be invested towards vital infrastructure investment.
Supporting the efforts of cities in enhancing their municipal financial performance and identifying investment options is one of main objectives of the GPSC. This session introduces the fundamentals of creditworthiness and municipal finance, and discusses strategies for municipal governments to implement PPP projects.
GPSC 2nd Annual Meeting
Tuesday, October 31st
9:00 am – 12:30 pm | Opening Plenary Session and Mayors’ Roundtable
The plenary session brings together global thought leaders in urban planning to deliver keynote speeches, and also launches an exciting initiative: the National Platform for India Sustainable Cities – as part of knowledge network of the GPSC.
A Mayors’ Roundtable entitled ‘Action Planning: From Vision to Action’ then convenes, and mayors and senior policy makers from around the world will discuss and share insights on delivering results and building a pathway to urban sustainability.
At the session, experts will outline the foundation needed for creating sustainable action plans that capture the vision of its citizens and are implementable; and exchange examples that represent both challenging scenarios and good practice principles in leading their cities to achieve the goals of economic prosperity, environmental sustainability, inclusive growth and resilience.
13:30 pm – 15:30 pm | Launch of the Urban Sustainability Framework: from Plans to Action
An action plan serves as a roadmap for planners and practitioners, and clarifies the vision, actions and resources available for the proposed interventions. The GPSC’s Urban Sustainability Framework provides a basis for cities to assess their urban sustainability status and develop their action plans. The session will share early insights of rapid assessment undertaken by the GPSC and other initiatives, as well as lessons learned from cities on the implementation of action plans.
16:00 pm – 17:30 pm | Plenary session: Financing Action Plans
International financial institutions, or IFIs, have launched initiatives that link technical assistance programs to urban investments. In this session, representatives from various IFIs will discuss the value chain of translating technical policy support to on-the-ground investment, and opportunities for leveraging different sources of financing.
18:00 pm to 20:00 pm | Reception
GPSC 2nd Annual Meeting
1st November, Wednesday
09:00 am – 12:00 pm | Climate Change and Integrated Planning – How Cities are Manifesting the Paris Agreement
Climate change is a concern for many countries. The historic Paris Agreement signed by 195 countries during COP21 committed countries to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2020. Cities are playing an ever-increasing role in this endeavor to reduce the pace of climate change, and is demonstrating leadership as well as implementing ambitious plans to mitigate the impact of global warming.
In the lead-up to COP23, this session will explore how cities are adopting integrated planning to become more resilient to climate change. Presenters will showcase innovative initiatives in various cities and highlight the tools, technologies, and investment opportunities that enable low-carbon and resilient development.
13:30 pm – 15:30 pm | Closing session: Managing Urbanization and GPSC Work Plan
As millions of people move into cities each year, ‘managing urbanization’ will become one of the greatest challenges – and prospects – of our time. This session will feature leaders and experts outlining the issues facing their cities and their respective strategies in transforming these challenges into opportunities.
Following a reflection by city leaders and participating agencies of the Annual Meeting’s key takeaways, the GPSC will introduce its work plan for 2018 and prepare with the participants a common outlook on the collaborative agenda for sustainable urban development.
GPSC Second Annual Meeting Program Schedule (TBC)
|Day 1||Day 2||Day 3||Day 4|
|30th October||31st October||1st November||2nd November|
Parallel Learning Event
Smart solutions for urban services
Parallel Learning Event
Municipal Finance, bonds and PPP
|Opening Session and Mayors Roundtable|
Climate Change Dimension of Integrated Planning: How Cities are Manifesting the Paris Agreement
|Site visits and learning|
|Parallel Learning Event||Parallel Learning Event||Launch of the Urban Sustainability Framework: from Plan to Action|
Closing Plenary Session
|Site visits and learning|
|Smart solutions for urban services||Municipal Finance, bonds and PPP|
Financing Action Plan
What would these cities and communities look like to you? The GPSC, its partner cities, and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) invite you to articulate sustainability through the medium of photography.
Whether it be elements of your city that represent sustainability, or a moment in time that captures the spirit of inclusive, resilient, and sustainable urban development, we invite you to share your vision with us, through your photographs.
The winners of the photo competition will each win exciting prizes: a $500 voucher for purchasing photography equipment, as well as a chance to be recognized at an award ceremony and have their photographs featured in the World Bank / GPSC’s online and print materials.
Here’s how the Sustainable Cities Photo Contest will work:
The #SustainableCities Photo Contest is organized by the GPSC, its partner cities, and the Global Environment Facility, as part of the upcoming 2nd GPSC Annual Meeting.
We welcome you to submit photos up until 11:30 pm EDT, Friday, October 6, 2017.
The Contest is open to individuals who are not active staff of the World Bank Group, including consultants, interns, contractors and their employees. Family members and relatives of World Bank Group staff are eligible to participate.
The top 3 winners will receive exciting gifts, including a $500 voucher for purchasing photography equipment. The winners and the prizes will be announced on World Cities Day, October 31, 2017. Decisions made by participating jurists will be final.
By entering, you retain copyright and remain the owner of your images, and may also continue to use them in any manner you choose. You agree that the images you submit may be used in printed publications of the World Bank, its social media platforms, its websites, or in any other media, and may be copied and displayed in any country, provided that you are afforded appropriate attribution as the photographer.