The Eighth Forum of the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty (WACAP) will address the theme, “Smart, Safe and Sustainable Cities,” and will aim to identify and build consensus on ways in which technology companies can work with cities to respond to urban challenges and build a safer, smarter and more sustainable planet. The Forum will discuss major urban challenges such as economics, education, energy, health, participation, safety and water and highlight best practices in sustainable urban management and urban poverty reduction. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and UN Women will showcase their “Safe Cities Free of Violence against Women and Girls” Initiative by bringing city delegates from Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG); Quito, Ecuador; Kigali, Rwanda; New Delhi, India; and Cairo, Egypt. Forum events will include: a Global Leadership Forum featuring mayors and city leaders; plenary sessions with panel presentations; debates; and case studies showcasing how technology has addressed the needs of impoverished populations. The Forum will also include a third day of field trips and site visits for participants. The World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty (WACAP) is a network of over 900 cities working together to collectively confront development challenges. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) leads the WACAP with the support of a steering committee that includes: the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and UN-Women and the cities of Florence, Italy; Malaga, Spain; Huy, Belgium; Monaco; Nantes, France; Rotterdam, the Netherlands; and Dublin, Ireland.
dates: 20-21 February 2013 venue: Royal Dublin Society (RDS) location: Dublin, Ireland contact: Adam Rogers, WACAP Coordinator phone: +41 79 849 0679 e-mail: email@example.com www: http://www.dublin2013.ie/