Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements

Workshop Partner


Working Group discussing Goal 11 “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”



Mr. Aromar Revi, Director, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, addresses via video message  

Cities are hubs for innovations, social and cultural development, economic productivity and prosperity and much more. However, cities also face difficulties such as congestion, lack of funds to provide basic services, a shortage of adequate housing and declining infrastructure. Cities are also associated with degradation of environmental quality.

The future we want includes cities of opportunities for all, that are safe and provide access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation. Education would have a key role to play to advance policies that make such cities possible, that transforms municipal governance and systems, that engages local communities and especially young people in conscious change for sustainability. However, discussions on urban challenges have remained somewhat limited in their exploration of the role of ESD in addressing these.

Aim of the workshop 
This working group explored how to advance achievements of the targets of the UNSDG 11 with education as a driver, especially in the five priority action areas identified in the UNESCO Global Action Programme on ESD . An overall paper was developed to highlight the role of ESD in achieving Goal 11 and its targets.

The working group aimed to provide an opportunity for collaborative thinking / reflection on:

  • What are some education efforts in the Goal 11 target areas – what has worked well and why, what are some key learnings
  • What is the nature of the challenge for education efforts and what are the opportunities
  • Is there a typology of educational efforts that are particularly effective in bringing about transformation at different scales
  • What can be a strategy to promote ESD in relation to Goal 11

Papers /case examples of Education in relation to any of the Goal 11 target were especially welcome. Participants were encouraged to send in abstracts and also to which can be used to develop the matrix

Expected Outcomes

  • Enhanced understanding of the role of Education in relation to Goal 11
  • Think piece(s) on ways forward for advancing policy, whole institution approaches, engaging educators and trainers as multipliers, engaging local communities and especially young people in implementing Goal 11 in their own city
  • Stronger community of practice of urban educators


CEE Focal Point: Sanskriti Menon

Urban SDG 11
Unesco GAP Framework
UN Habitat III preparatory documents

Workshop Sessions

Date & Time

Session Title

Session Details


11 January 2016 

Session I
2:30 – 4:00 PM (1.5 Hrs.)


Towards Inclusive Cities- An Educational framework

Making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable - How can Education Contribute?

  • Introduction to SDG 11 and the UNESCO GAP Framework
  • Participant introductions
  • Overview presentation of experiences and strategies of education for Sustainable Cities and Habitats
  • I P Gautam, IAS (retd), Former Principal secretary, Urban Development Department, Government of Gujarat
  • Message from Mr Aromar Revi, Director IIHS, co-chair, UN-SDSN
  • Saswat Bandyopadhyay, Professor, CEPT University
  • Sanskriti Menon, Programme Director, CEE

Working  Session II
4:30 – 5:30 PM Hrs.
(1 Hr.)

Re-orienting Urban Planning

Re-orienting Urban Planning for Sustainability -  The Role of Education and Social Learning

  • Manvita Baradia, Director, Urban Management Centre,

Academics & Research, IIHS (on skype)

12 January 2016

Working Session III A
11:15- 12:15 AM

Rejuvenating natural and cultural heritage

  • Learning from and

rejuvenating cultural heritage

  • Education for biodiversity in urban areas
  • Neelkanth Chhaya, Architect
  • Jigna Desai, Assistant Professor,  CEPT University
  • Sandhya Chandrasekharan, CEBPOL, National Biodiversity Authority
  • Laxmikant Deshpande, Godrej & Boyce

Working Session III B
12:15- 1:15 Hrs.

Transforming Urban Transportation/mobility

  • How is the transformation of transportation systems taking place
  • What is the role of education for advancing policy and in citizens engagement in the transition to sus-trans
  • Strengthening Public Transport through Education - The case of Rainbow Bus Rapid Transit in Pune, India
  • Shivanand Swamy, Professor,  CEPT University
  • Rana Amani, Deputy Project Manager, SUTP
  • Amarnath, Programme Officer, CEE

Working Session IV
2:30  - 4: 00 PM
(1.5 Hrs.)

Education for inclusive participation

Role of Education to enhance inclusive participation sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlements planning

  • Avinash Madhale, Programme officer, CEE
  • Vanishree Herlekar, Independent consultant
  • Yogi Joseph, CEPT University

13 January 2016 

Session V
09:30- 10:45 AM.
(1 Hr.)

Slums – Enabling mechanisms for the  Bottom and Top to Work Together

Policy orientation and community engagement for slum up gradation

  • Dr. Dinesh Mehta, Professor Emiretus, CEPT University
  • Dr. Janki Andharia, Professor, TISS
  • Keren Nazareth,   Deputy Director Humane Society international
  • Neelam,  Mahila Housing Sewa Trust

Session VI
11.15- 13.15
(2 Hrs.)

Role of Education in Making Goal 11 a Reality – Inspirations, Challenges and the Way Forward

Role of Education in Making Goal 11 a Reality – Inspirations, Challenges and the Way Forward

  • Rapporteur Notes
  • Re-visit the framework of Education for Goal 11 in the light of the presentations and discussions
  • Formulate recommendations
  • Neelkanth Chhaya, Architect
  • Vivek Khadapekar, Architect
  • Sanskriti Menon, Programme Director, CEE