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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold globally, cities are currently bearing the brunt of the crisis. 90 percent of cases reported thus far have occurred in cities. If not addressed effectively, the health and socio-economic impact of the crisis threatens to jeopardize the ambitious goals set out in the 2030 Agenda.

At a time where the Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has just started, the COVID-19 crisis forces policy-makers to think outside the box and identify innovative solutions. To advance such solutions, coordinated actions at all levels of government and by many stakeholders are required, including at the local level.

As pointed out in the recent UN Policy Brief COVID-19 in an Urban World, cities and municipalities are home to extraordinary solidarity and resilience. In many countries, cities and regions have core competencies for policy areas underlying the SDGs such as water, housing, transport, infrastructure, land use or climate change. Beyond SDG 11, which focuses on cities and communities, an estimated 65% of the 169 targets behind the 17 SDGs will not be reached without engagement of local and regional governments.

While the socio-economic economic crisis triggered by the lockdown measures has further exacerbated existing challenges in many cities, the authority vested in cities thus provides a unique window of opportunity to Mayors, local representatives and urban stakeholders to build back better and to realize resilient, inclusive, gender-equal and green economic recovery for the advancement of the SDGs.

About BRIDGE for Cities event:


Organized conjointly by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Finance Center for South-South Cooperation (FCSSC), “BRIDGE for Cities - Belt and Road Initiative: Developing Green Economies for Cities” is an annual event that aims to promote the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development via the Belt and Road Initiative, with which it shares many similarities, and to encourage municipal officials and development stakeholders to scale up their engagement in inclusive and sustainable urban and industrial development initiatives.

Conducted for the fifth year in a row, BRIDGE for Cities 2020 provides a forum for Mayors and urban stakeholders to discuss and exchange views on relevant experiences, challenges and opportunities. This year’s event will place particular emphasis on green, social and technological innovations to respond and recover from the crisis and act as an accelerator for the SDGs, thus also helping to define the future of cities.

Agenda:


11:00 – 11:55 |  | Opening Ceremony
Master of Ceremonies: Mr. Kai Bethke, Director, Department of External Relations, UNIDO
Statements by:
Mr.  António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations (written message)
Mr. LI Yong, Director General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization
Mr. CAI E-Sheng, Chairman, Finance Center for South-South Cooperation, Hong Kong, China
Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director, UN-Habitat
Mr. ZHAO Houlin, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union
Mr. Ernst Woller, First President of Provincial Parliament of Vienna, Austria
Mr. Pirouz Hanachi, Mayor of Tehran, Iran
Ms. Anna Lisa Boni, Secretary General, EUROCITIES

12:00-13:00 | Bridge Townhall: 1-on-1 interview with Carlo Ratti
Innovative economic recovery: Accelerating digitalization for smarter cities
Interviewer:  Mr. Kai Bethke, Director, Department of External Relations, UNIDO
Mr. Carlo Ratti, Director at MIT SENSEable City Lab

13:15-14:45 | Mayors Roundtable: Session 1
Inclusive economic recovery: Driving business innovation and job creation for liveable cities
Moderator: Mr. Bernardo Calzadilla Sarmiento, Managing Director, Directorate of Digitalization, Technology and Agri-business, UNIDO 
Panellists:
Mr. Ullrich Sierau, Mayor of Dortmund, Germany
Ms. Maria Isabelle Climaco, Mayor of Zamboanga, Philippines
H.E. Mr. Sheikh Hisham bin AbdulRahman Al Khalifa, Governor of the Capital Governorate, Kingdom of Bahrain 
Mr.  Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Mayor of Almaty, Kazakhstan
Mr. WANG Xinwei, Vice Governor of Henan Province and Mayor of Zhengzhou, China
Mr. Naina Andriantsitohaina, Mayor of Antananarivo, Madagascar
Mr. Ernst Woller, First President of the Provincial Parliament of Vienna, Austria
Mr. ZHANG Yong, Vice Mayor of Shenzhen, China

15:00 – 16:30 | Mayors Roundtable: Session 2

Green economic recovery: Re-thinking urban development models for sustainable cities
Moderator: Mr. Stephan Sicars, Managing Director, Directorate of Environment and Energy, UNIDO
Panellists:  
Mr. Yousef Al Shawarbeh
, Mayor of Amman, Jordan
Ms. Rosy Senanayake, Mayor of Colombo, Sri Lanka
Ms. Manal Awad, Governor of Damietta, Egypt
Mr. Milan Trivić, Deputy Mayor of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mr. Kong Vitanak, Deputy Governor of Sihanoukville Province, Cambodia
Ms. Souad Abderrahim, Mayor of Tunis, Tunisia  
Mr. Carlos Mario Marin
, Mayor of Manizales, Colombia
Mr. Gabor Kerpel-Fronius
, Deputy Mayor of Budapest, Hungary

16:30 - 16:45 | Closing Remarks
Mr. Ciyong ZOU,
Managing Director, Directorate of Programmes, Partnerships and Field Coordination, UNIDO

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Schedule

· Stage
Opening Ceremony
Distinguished dignitaries will share their vision on how cities can lead sustainable economic recovery efforts
Kai Bethke Pirouz  Hanachi Ernst Woller ZHAO  Houlin Anna Lisa  Boni António  Guterres LI  Yong CAI  E-Sheng Maimunah  Mohd Sharif
· Expo
Workshop from Shanghai ZhiZhong Environmental Protection Technology Co., Ltd
Urban public health emergency intelligent disinfection and prevention management
· Sessions
Townhall Interview with Professor Carlo Ratti
The session will feature a 1-on-1 discussion with an expert on urban development on the topic of innovative Economic Recovery
Kai Bethke Carlo Ratti
· Expo
Workshop from Ruhr Metropolis/Business Metropole Ruhr GmbH (BMR)
A metropolitan region and its cities: Driving the green recovery of Ruhr Metropolis
· Expo
Workshop from Plasticpreneur
Make plastic circular!
· Sessions
Mayors Roundtable – Session 1
Inclusive economic recovery: Driving business innovation and job creation for liveable cities
Hisham Alkhalifa Ernst Woller Bakytzhan Sagintayev Wang Xinwei Ullrich Sierau Maria Isabelle  Climaco Yong ZHANG
· Expo
Workshop from Miovision Technologies
How to collect traffic data accurately, simple and on demand
· Expo
Workshop from Plasticpreneur
Make plastic circular!
· Sessions
Mayors Roundtable – Session 2
Green economic recovery: Re-thinking urban development models for sustainable cities
Manal Awad Abderrazak   Bouziri Stephan Sicars Gabor Kerpel-Fronius Rosy Senanayake Yousef  Al Shawarbeh Vitanak Kong Milan Trivic CARLOS MARIO MARIN CORREA
· Stage
Closing Remarks
UNIDO's representative will wrap up the event's discussions and conclude the event
Ciyong  ZOU

Speakers

Bernardo Calzadilla Sarmiento

Managing Director, Directorate of Digitalization, Technology and Agri-business, UNIDO

Manal Awad

Governor of Damietta

Poppy Zhang

International BD Director, Shanghai ZhiZhong Environmental Protection Technology Co., Ltd

Abderrazak Bouziri

Deputy Mayor of Tunis

Stephan Sicars

Managing Director, Directorate of Environment and Energy, UNIDO

Kai Bethke

Director of External Relations, UNIDO

Dmitri Domanski

Project Manager Innovation Networks, Ruhr Metropolis/Business Metropole Ruhr GmbH (BMR)

Sören Lex

Co-Founder & CEO, Doing Circular GMbH

Gabor Kerpel-Fronius

Deputy Mayor of Budapest, Hungary

Hisham Alkhalifa

Governor of the Capital Governorate, Kingdom of Bahrain

Pirouz Hanachi

Mayor of Tehran, Iran

Bakytzhan Sagintayev

Mayor of Almaty, Kazakhstan

Ernst Woller

First President of Provincial Parliament of Vienna, Austria

Sebastian Schlecht

Strategic Management, Dep. Environment, Mobility and Sports, European Green Capital, City of Essen

Dirk von Bracht

Climate and Energy Manager, City of Dortmund

Ciyong ZOU

Managing Director, Directorate of Programmes, Partnerships and Field Coordination, UNIDO

Wang Xinwei

Vice Governor of Henan Province and Mayor of Zhengzhou, China

Anna Lisa Boni

Secretary General, EUROCITIES

ZHAO Houlin

Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union

Roman Rohrberg

Global Marketing Manager

CARLOS MARIO MARIN CORREA

Mayor of Manizales, Colombia

Milan Trivic

Deputy Mayor of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Carlo Ratti

Director at MIT SENSEable City Lab

Maimunah Mohd Sharif

Executive Director, UN-Habitat

CAI E-Sheng

Chairman, Finance Center for South-South Cooperation, Hong Kong, China

LI Yong

Director General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization

António Guterres

Secretary-General of the United Nations

Yong ZHANG

Vice Mayor of Shenzhen, China

Maria Isabelle Climaco

Mayor of Zamboanga, Philippines

Vitanak Kong

Deputy Governor of Sihanoukville Province, Cambodia

Yousef Al Shawarbeh

Mayor of Amman, Jordan

Rosy Senanayake

Mayor of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Ullrich Sierau

Mayor of Dortmund, Germany

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UNIDO

UNIDO is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability

Finance Centre For South-South Cooperation

Organization in Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC of the United Nations

EUROCITIES

Eurocities is the network of 190 cities in 39 countries, representing 130 million people

City of Vienna

Metropolis in the heart of Europe

Ruhr Metropolis/Business Metropole Ruhr GmbH (BMR)

BMR develops and markets Ruhr Metropolis as an economic region

City of Essen - Ruhr Metropolis - Germany

From Grey to Green – European Green Capital 2017

City of Dortmund

This is how we do it!

Almaty (Kazakhstan)

Almaty – the City of thousand colors

Budapest

City for All: greener, healthier, fair and open Budapest

Damietta

Damiette is a coastal touristic city famous for it’s furniture making industry

Shanghai ZhiZhong Environmental Protection Technology Co., Ltd

City public health emergency Intelligent disinfection management

Miovision Technologies

Multimodal traffic data collection at any location

Plasticpreneur by doing circular

We make plastic circular!

WATERVIEW SRL

Real weather, made simple

Telespazio S.p.a.

A world’s main player in satellite solutions and services

OBOR Italian Institute - 意大利一带一路研究机构

Rome, Beijing | Widespreading business in Belt and Road market

World Trade Centers Association

Connecting the Business World