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UNITAR New York Office collaborates with IBM in Rio to enhance knowledge and expertise in forging sustainable cities
18 Jun 2012 - 19 Jun 2012
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) New York Office extends the Rio Preparation Forum series from New York to Rio to collaborate with International Business Machines (IBM) for two intensive workshops on sustainable cities during Rio+20.

As powerful centers of a complex society, cities must be sustainable. Urban areas, however, face challenges as well as great possibilities - providing the home for over half the world?s population and producing close to three quarters of the world?s GDP. Their lure and capacity to serve as an engine for economic growth foster not only the advantages but also the stress of globalization, population growth and migration. Furthermore, as centers for population and development, cities must address the consequences of environmental degradation including climate change; and, social inequalities, including poverty and unemployment. It is no wonder that the United Nations Secretary-General claimed that ?sustainable cities are crucial to our future well-being.?

To this end, the UNITAR New York Office will hold two half-day parallel event workshops in collaboration with IBM during the lead up to the United Nations Conference in Rio de Janeiro on 18-19 June. The workshops? agenda will draw upon the expertise from the United Nations?including the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)?as well as top IBM Smarter Cities subject matter experts.

The workshops will be especially important for city leaders, regional planners, economic development professionals, finance administrators and national government leaders that are focused on ensuring the economic, social, and environmental sustainability of their urban centers. Also, other organizations focusing on population, the environment, and urban development will be welcome.

We welcome you to contact the UNITAR New York Office regarding potential attendees from your delegations. Please note that participation requires a priori liaising with the UNITAR New York Office by 10 June, and only those participants who have pre-registered can attend (nyo@unitar.org, Tel (212) 963-9683). In order to foster small group dialogue and learning, attendance at each event will be capped at 40 participants.

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