In 2016, more than 30,000 people convened in Ecuador to participate in the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, which focused on making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. It resulted in the New Urban Agenda (NUA), an international guideline for urban development for the next twenty years. The VCPC attended the conference as part of the Canadian delegation and decided to use the NUA as a guide to our own programs for the next five years.
The overarching theme we chose is Resilience: our ability as a city and region to anticipate, prevent and respond effectively to shocks such as earthquakes, floods and sea level rise, and stresses such as affordability, the opioid crisis, and population migration. Under the resilience umbrella, the other four themes we chose are: Engagement for Real (2017), A City for All (2018), Communities and Corridors (2019), and Financing Public Spaces (2020).
In 2017, VCPC focused on Engagement for Real, in particular on the role of advisory groups in the region.
In October, in partnership with the City of Vancouver, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) and SFU Public Square, we held our first summit: “Shaping Resiliency: A Summit on Resilience and Vancouver’s Future.”
In early 2018, VCPC participated in UN Habitat’s ninth World Urban Forum (WUF9) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Over 23,000 people attended from 160+ countries to discuss “Cities for All,” and to produce the Kuala Lumpur Declaration; a call to action for local governments to implement the New Urban Agenda through innovation, inclusion, and collaborative partnerships with meaningful participation.
Inspired by the Kuala Lumpur Declaration VCPC is exploring what “A City for All” means to us in Vancouver, so that we may advise Council on how our city can embrace this part of the New Urban Agenda. The summit is scheduled for December 4, 2018, after the municipal elections.