8th Forum of Cities Against Poverty, 20-21 February 2013, Dublin


On 20th and 21st February 2013, Dublin City Council will co-host with UNDP in partnership with UN Women, UNDP and UNITAR and in association with the Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU, the 8th Forum of the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty (WACAP) at the RDS in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. The forum will examine the role of technology in alleviating the symptoms of urban poverty and in making cities Smart, Safe and Sustainable.

With an opening contribution Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, the Forum will examine the role of technology in addressing the challenge of urban poverty and in making cities Smart, Safe and Sustainable.
Key Topics to be covered during the forum include:
  • Changing mindsets for a changed world: priorities and necessities with Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director, UN Women, Tom Arnold, CEO, Concern Worldwide and Mary Robinson, Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice
  • Where does technology fit in the fight against poverty with Vinay Venkatraman, Designer and Co-founder of the Copenhagen Institute for Interaction Design
  • Business to city collaboration with Sally Fegan-Wyles, Executive Director, UNITAR and Simon Giles, Director, Intelligent Cities Strategy, Accenture
For a detailed agenda, please click here. 
City Mayors and other key decision makers, urban planners, civil society representatives and leaders at the forefront of technology and innovation from more than 30 countries will be in attendance and a range of versatile learnshops, panel discussions and networking events will highlight practices, products, tools and on the ground experience in developing smart, safe and sustainable cities of the global South and North. 
Discussion will include:
  • Improving water supply and sanitation with new technology
  • How technology is supporting urban housing solutions
  • E-health and access to health care for all
  • Can technology create a safer city?
  • Feeding an urbanised world – the role of technology in food security and nutrition
  • Ways to achieve a greener future in your city
Source : Dublin2013