Organized by People in Need, the third annual City for All! conference will take place on 19 – 20 October 2017 to provide a platform for discussion on sustainable urban development in Cambodia. Over 30 speakers from across Asia will present through four thematic sessions – Resilient City, Inclusive City, Clean City and Future City.
Now is an exciting and challenging time to be engaged with sustainable urban development. Pressure is increasing on land, infrastructure and services in the country’s major cities. Flooding, aging infrastructure, inadequate waste water treatment and clean water supplies, and air pollution are degrading the environment and threaten to undermine the socio-economic progress made in Cambodia.
The New Urban Agenda adopted at the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador last year recognizes the opportunities and challenges posed by urbanization globally. The agenda is a renewed push to ensure we better plan and manage sustainable urbanization for the next 20 years, and provides a focal point to this year’s conference. What action is underway, and what can be done to ensure Cambodia’s cities urbanize in the most sustainable ways?
Join us to expand your urban knowledge base and professional network, and discuss how Cambodia can better manage its urban future.
Building Resilience into Cities
Cambodia’s cities are some of the most rapidly growing urban centres in South East Asia; between 2000 and 2010 Phnom Penh grew on average at 4.4% a year from 920,000 to 1.4 million people. Yet Cambodia is also one of the most at risk countries in the world from natural disaster, and was ranked 13 th out of 150 countries between 1994 and 2013 for climate vulnerability. How can we ensure Cambodian cities are better planned for urban resilience and are able to survive, adapt and grow in the face of acute shocks and stresses?
Supporting Pro-Poor Urban Sanitation
In tandem with Cambodia’s rapid rate of urbanization are the growing problems of absent or inadequate urban sanitation networks. Poor communities in Phnom Penh are more likely than other groups to suffer from inadequate sanitation. Infrastructure such as the supply of clean water networks, solid waste management systems, sewerage and drainage is failing to keep up with demand. What can be done to provide better pro-poor urban sanitation, and what is being done tackle waste and pollution with new innovations?
Making Cities Work for All
Cities are highly creative and productive places, often the drivers of economic growth and social change. They can also be highly segregated places that marginalise groups based on their income, ethnicity, gender, age and ability, and place vulnerable groups such as children at risk from abuse. In 2015, a survey found that four out of five women did not feel safe in Phnom Penh after dark. How can cities be better planned and managed to ensure they are safe, just and sustainable places for children, vulnerable and marginalised groups?
How Reuse can shape Phnom Penh’s Future
Well designed and managed cities that adhere to cohesive masterplans create enormous social, economic and environmental benefits over time. Is it possible to steer Phnom Penh from its seemingly unplanned trajectory to a more planned pathway? Will Phnom Penh avoid the familiar fate of many Asian cities and incorporate its historic past in its new urban future? Learn from heritage conservationists, architects and urban designers with portfolios and work experience gained from across the world.
The City for all! conference 2017 will take place at the Cambodia – Korea Cooperation Center (CKCC), located in the grounds of the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP).
Please use the access gate to the CKCC located on Street 598 (not the entrance on Russian Federation Boulevard).
Please note only the ground floor of the building has wheelchair access. The first floor of the building where some presentations will take place is only accessible by stairs. Please ask members of the City for all! registration team if you require any assistance.
Getting to the CKCC
Phnom Penh City Bus: Route Number 3 passes close by to the CKCC. Alight at Bus Stop 261 Intersection and walk towards the flyover along Kampuchea Krom Boulevard. Turn right and cross a small grass park, then cross Russian Federation Boulevard, walking underneath a flyover. Walk north along Street 598 until you come to the entrance to the RUPP. The CKCC is on the left.
Bus Number 3 operates every 15 minutes between the Night Market on Sisowath Quay and Chom Chav Roundabout. The bus stops at Central Market and along Kampuchea Krom Boulevard.
Taxi and Remorque (Tuktuk): Ask the driver to take you to the RUPP entrance on Street 598 where you can be dropped off. The CKCC is on the left.
If you wish to use taxis, Global Taxi has English-speaking staff: 011 311 888.
Motorbike and Bicycle: There is space for 400 motorbikes and bicycles to park in the basement of the CKCC building, and additional parking at other sites within the RUPP campus. Access the CKCC from Street 598 and turn left.
Private Car: We discourage participants arriving by private car. However, there is limited parking in the CKCC for cars but we cannot guarantee parking spaces. Access the CKCC from Street 598 and turn left.
The City for all! conference, as part of the Human Rights Based Spatial Planning II project, is funded by the European Union.
The City for all! conference, as part of the Human Rights Based Spatial Planning II project, is funded by Czech Republic Development Cooperation.
The City for all! conference, as part of the Building Disaster Resilient Communities in Cambodia III project, is funded by European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection.
People in Need is an international NGO, headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic providing relief and development assistance while working to defend human rights and democratic freedoms in over 20 countries around the world. PIN’s food security, WASH, health, education, emergency response, disaster resilience and other programmes have assisted millions of people globally. In Cambodia, People in Need focuses on urban poverty reduction, disaster management and risk reduction, maternal and child health and livelihoods and environment.
The Open Institute is a non-governmental and not-for-profit organization that envisions Cambodia as a country in which widespread access to high quality education, information, communications and technology lead to a more developed and just society. Their mission is to ensure that the benefits of technology for social and economic advance are usable in Cambodian society.
Sahmakum Teang Tnaut is a Cambodian Urban NGO which aims to provide pro-poor technical assistance for housing and infrastructure and to inform dialogue and raise awareness about urban issues.
The Urban Poor Women Development (UPWD) is a local non-government, not-profit and non-political organization that helps residents in slum areas live with dignity and high self-esteem. UPWD promotes local good governance and public services toward sustainable communities.
ActionAid is an international NGO working to protect human rights and defeat poverty. In Cambodia they focus on protecting the rights of poor and excluded people, with particular emphasis on food security, quality public education and women’s rights with smallholder farmers, artisan fisherfolk, women and children.
DanChurchAid, through the Action by Churches Together (ACT) Alliance, works through local partners to implement emergency and development work to effectively target the poorest and to ensure that activities become locally sustainable.
The City for all! conference 2017 is kindly sponsored by:
Who We Are: The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is a new international organization dedicated to developing and diffusing green growth.
Vision: GGGI is an interdisciplinary, multi-stakeholder organization driven by the needs of emerging and developing countries. It was founded on the belief that economic growth and environmental sustainability are not merely compatible objectives; their integration is essential for the future of humankind.
Mission: GGGI is dedicated to supporting developing and emerging countries in demonstrating new pathways to climate resilient and pro-poor economic growth that simultaneously targets transformational aspects of economic performance, social inclusion and environmental sustainability.
What We Do: GGGI supports developing and emerging countries in exploring how green growth can help achieve economic growth and development objectives through two complementary and integrated workstreams: Green Growth Planning & Implementation and Investment and Policy Solutions.
World Vision is a global Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.
World Vision’s ministry focuses on improving the lives of the poorest children and their families in Cambodia. We partner with children and youth, their families and communities, across all faiths, religions, gender, ethnicities and political associations.
We aim to empower our staff and the communities we serve to take part in building a better future for Cambodian children. This future includes the “fullness of life” and the will to carry out the work that transforms community members, making families stronger and more resilient to economic uncertainties.
Through a holistic and integrated approach, we are able to achieve our child well-being strategic priorities that focus on improving the nutritional status of children in their first 1000 days of life, primary education that fosters quality learning, children being prevented and protected from abuse and exploitation, and preparing youth to be creative, active citizens, and the leaders of tomorrow.
The City for all! conference 2017 is kindly supported by:
Officially established in 2015, the Cambodian Institute for Urban Studies (CIUS) contributes to enhancing the understanding of capacities and competencies in contemporary and evolving urban planning and management approaches, innovating and applying these in the Cambodian and regional contexts.
The CIUS aims to be:
- A leading training centre in the field of urban planning, development and management;
- A network of young and experienced professionals (from different fields);
- An objective and impartial advisory service to government, civil society, donors and the private sector;
- An urban knowledge hub that contributes to facilitating sustainable urban development, planning and policy development.
The School of Architecture and Design of Pannasastra University of Cambodia strives to become the best institution in architecture in Cambodia and to respond to the call for excellence in the world’s future architects. It aims to become the premier learning institution in Cambodian architecture, providing a broad spectrum of creativity using traditional, classical and modern designs. The school’s programs are internationally recognized and instructed by highly experienced professors and professionals.
Pannasastra University of Cambodia was the first higher learning institution in Cambodia to offer English-based education in all subjects. The university strives to deliver quality education that is attainable by, and responsive to the needs of the people of Cambodia and that of the global community. They place special emphasis on quality, research-based education, studies of peace, conflict resolution, development, moral and ethical conducts as well as social responsibility.