The ‘Cities and Us’ Pakistan Urban Forum – South Asian Cities Conference 2014 begins tomorrow (Friday, January 10) at the Frere Hall, Karachi.
The conference that will bring together prominent government leaders, community based organisations, urban activists, corporate leadership, practitioners and academics, will discuss issues related to urban development of South Asian cities.
The main themes of the conference include city governance, urban economy and infrastructure, histories of South Asian cities, conservation of the built environment, health, water and sanitation, housing, city and culture, urban energy and urban disaster risk management.
The three-day conference that will continue till Sunday, January 12, is a project being driven by the Planning and Development Department of the Government of Sindh, the South Asia Institute of Harvard University, Urban Unit, Government of Punjab and the Institute of Architects, Pakistan.
The inaugural ceremony will be held today at the Mohatta Palace in Karachi with dignitaries from the government expected to be present to mark the occasion.
The conference organisers expect participation from the general public so that issues that people face in their daily life can be highlighted.
“Our registration is upon and I appeal to the people of Karachi to participate in the conference and help us raise issues that our cities are facing,” said Yawar Jilani, one of the members of the organising committee. “It is a great opportunity for everyone to take responsibility and contribute towards building better cities.”
Registrations to the conference will remain open till the last day of the conference and can be done through the official website (www.pakistanurbanforum.com).
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