The Planet in Transition

Cities have been recognised as actors leading planetary transition

© DC Planet in Transition Symposium

© DC Planet in Transition Symposium

Over the last two years, cities have been recognised as actors leading planetary transition. They have been the key actors for achieving the targets set by major international agreements such as the Paris Declaration on Climate Change, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Convention on Biological Diversity and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Moreover, a dedicated agenda with priority actions for cities has been developed both at the European level with the Urban Agenda for the EU and at the international level with the Habitat III New Urban Agenda. Additionally, there is a specific Sustainable Development Goal that is also devoted to ‘Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable’ by 2030. All the agreements above support integrated approaches to sustainable planetary transition but to apply this in practice requires innovative thinking, methodologies, and methods at local, regional and (inter-)national levels and in the social, energy and raw materials fields.

Cities are systems of systems, with multi-level, multi-dimensional and multi-sectoral interactions between different stakeholders involved in the co-creation, co-design, and co-implementation of integrated and innovative solutions for urban and peri-urban areas. Cities of tomorrow are being shaped by complex interaction and collaboration between city-makers and citizens alike. This process results in urban knowledge and practice on the local level that offers lessons and implementation strategies on the global level. This also cultivates sustainable city ecosystem by pushing a systemic approach and bridging between technological, digital, social, cultural and nature-based innovation. Attention should be devoted to how the systems thinking makes cities actors of open innovation, by involving the use, application, and transformation of scientific and technological knowledge in the solution of practical problems.

However,  issues like citizen empowerment are very sensitive to local culture. In areas where policy allows citizens the freedom, they are fast-generating a scattered landscape of circular, niche urban pockets. It’s important to realize that no matter when, how or where—people are the cornerstone of transition. Without the complexity and nuance of people and human interaction, the cities of tomorrow would be limited to a beautiful technological exercise afforded only by the few. But citizens are not the only focus. The system has to change and this change requires an intricate evolution of new practices, beliefs, expectation, and standards that penetrate deeply across many levels. Yet such a shared accepted universal approach does not yet exist. Approaching the planet of tomorrow is a process, which like many others, will require new regulation, empowerment, and education that are tuned to the local context.

That said, the Diplomatic Council Benelux Mission cordially organizes DC Symposium „The Planet in Transition“ which takes place on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the World Port Days in Rotterdam.

The UN Sustainability Goals are giving the framework for the new ‘normal’ whereas the DC Benelux team is providing a platform for frontrunners into concrete local, regional and (inter-)national actions thereby aiming at horizontal multi-stakeholder co-creation.

The key note speakers at the symposium will address their views and share their concrete actions in the fields of social transition, energy transition and raw material transition:

  • Prof. Dr. jur. Helmut Maurer, EU Commission, DG ENV, senior expert
  • Mr. Nico van Dooren – Program Manager Port of Rotterdam Program “ Energy Transition”
  • Ms Francesca Miazzo – Co-founder Cities Foundation
  • Mr. Chris Heiligers – Co-owner EC Rent
  • Mr. Jouke Baarda – Sustainability expert
  • F. Breeman – BMW Rotterdam
  • Mrs Hang Nguyen, secretary general Diplomatic Council Global

Be part of the “DC Planet in Transition” and join us on September 1st and beyond.

Venue :

Wereldmuseum (www.wereldmuseum.nl) Willemskade 25
NL 3016 DM ROTTERDAM

Register here: https://www.diplomatic-council.org/portal/the-dc-world-in-transition-symposium/?l=L2

 

Created on 22 August 2017

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