Save Today, Use Tomorrow, Live Sustainable

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Save today, use tomorrow, live sustainable - Budapest and the UN's New Urban Agenda

Have you ever wondered how our cities will look like 50 years later? Have you ever worried about Trump’s decision to quit from the Paris agreement? If the answer is yes, International Diplomatic Student Association warmly invites you to its interactive discussion on sustainable Budapest, organized in partnership with the United Nations Association of Hungary (MENSZT) and United Nations Information Service, Vienna (UNIS).

Save today, use tomorrow, live sustainable! It’s time for action NOW, and youth participation is extremely important to provide a sustainable solution for the large-scale urbanization trends. 

Show you care, do your share! Join our creative contest, share your ideas about urban sustainability in Budapest and win one of our prices! Stay tuned for further details.

In 2015 the members of the United Nations agreed on a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. After failed agreements on climate change and sustainability, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) seemed to be a big step forward an applicable universal framework. World leaders have also adopted a new sustainable development agenda, called New Urban Agenda. Questions and doubts may arise about how effective these agreements and international treaties are. By participating at the first panel of our event, you could find proper answers for your questions.

Nowadays, many cities face plenty of challenges, such as financial issues, pollution, congestion, lack of adequate housing and lack of infrastructural development. Budapest is also facing such changes. We believe the youth is needed to help the transformation of the city, to create a better future, to make Budapest more liveable, more accessible for current and future generations as well. How could it be possible? You will find out during our second panel. 

The schledule is the following:
13:10-13:45: Opening speeches
o Prof. Dr. Mihály SIMAI- President of the United Nations Association of Hungary and
Mr. Martin NESIRKY- Director of UNIS in Vienna
o Dr. Joan CLOS - Executive Director of UN-Habitat (video message)

13:45-14:45: First panel - International cooperation and Sustainability – Success or illusion?
o Dr. Tibor FARAGÓ former State Secretary, professor, Szent István University
o Dr. Gábor BARANYAI Head of Sustainable Development Studies Cabinet, National University of Public Service

14:45-15:15: Reception and networking

15:15-16:30: Second panel - Sustainability and Budapest
o Dr. János KOCSIS, Vice-President Hungarian Society for Urban Planning
▪ Suburbanization and gentrification in Budapest
o Bence KOVÁTS, Advocacy Manager, Habitat for Humanity, Hungary
▪ Housing conditions and housing policy in Hungary: What changes are necessary and what is civil society’s role?
o Ádám KOBRIZSA, Representative of Mindspace civil initiative
▪ How can be public places turned into smart, green, sustainable ones through civil action?

16:30-16:45: Closing remarks and award ceremony of the contest winners

The event will be held in English.

Hope to see you soon!

Event Details

Time and date: 28 November 2017, 13.10-17.00
Venue: National University of Public Service (Üllői str. 82. Budapest 1083), Building O (new building), 114-115, 1st floor 

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