Dublin to host alliance of Cities Against Poverty

26/11/2012 at 9:59 am Leave a comment

In February 2013, the City of Dublin will host the 8th Forum of the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty (WACAP).

This alliance with the funny name is a worldwide network of some 900 cities established by the UNDP to work together to address urban challenges and crises in a collective and collaborative manner.

The Dublin Forum and Expo will take place over two days, 20-21 February 2013 in the RDS, Dublin and will explore the role of technology in alleviating the symptoms of poverty in cities of the global South and North – a natural focus for Dublin, since the city is home to the European headquarters of technology giants such as Google, Facebook, Intel, Yahoo and Microsoft.

Irish Development NGOs have played an active role in shaping the programme. Their contribution is visible throughout the programme, and most clearly in the “Global Stories” section, illustrating how organisations have used technology in an urban setting to tackle issues of poverty, safety and sustainability. (These case studies will be published on the Forum’s website.)

As research has shown, global poverty is increasingly an urban issue. For the first time in history more than half the world’s people live in cities. Over 90 percent of urban growth is occurring in the developing world, adding an estimated 70 million new residents to urban areas each year.

Megacities – i.e. cities with more than 10 million inhabitants – are growing especially fast. These trends present new challenges in terms of environmental sustainability, transport, energy use and supply, social harmony, inequality and waste management.

Dóchas has collated some resources about all of these topics – You can find them here: http://pear.ly/bq7LX

Urbanisation and global poverty are here to stay. What matters is how we respond to them.

Surely, reading up on the issues is a great first step?

(See WACAP on Facebook)

Dóchas resources on Sustainable Cities

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