Mayors of cities from Asia, Africa, and Latin America met in Vientiane Capital on March 15 to sign the Kyoto Declaration on the promotion of environmentally sustainable transport towards realising resilient, smart and livable cities in Asia.
“The Kyoto Declaration is highly relevant in the context of achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No 11 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – “to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” said Vice Vientiane Mayor Keophilavan Amphailath.
Twenty-four mayors of Asian cities first met in the city of Kyoto in Japan at the Asian Mayors Policy Dialogue on Environmentally Sustainable Transport in April 2017 and signed the Kyoto Declaration as an expression of their leadership and commitment to achieve resilient, smart and livable cities in Asia.
As of now, 50 Asian cities have so far signed the Kyoto Declaration.
“It is very important for us to strengthen our policies and programmes, including investment decisions to make our cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable,” added Vice Vientiane Mayor Keophilavan.
More than 50 per cent of the world’s population already lives in cities and urban areas. This number is expected to reach around 70% by 2050, with almost all the growth occurring in the developing world.
Over the next four decades, Africa’s urban population is expected to soar from 414 million to over 1.2 billion and Asia’s from 1.9 billion to 3.3 billion. Another 828 million people live in slums today and that number keeps rising.
There is a growing vulnerability of cities due to climate related disasters such as floods, storms and rising sea levels. Making the cities climate resilient will take significant investment.
Source: Lao News Agency