The Theme Urban will be holding 9 ordinary sessions during the 8th Forum week. The Theme is also going to be discussed in six Ministerial Thematic Roundtables, and in a number of Special Sessions, High Level Panels and sessions from other Forum processes. Those sessions focus specially on how to best manage water in growing cities in the context of limited resources and climate change. It will make linkages to 2030 Agenda/SDGs 6 and 11, amongst others. The Thematic Closing Session will bring the highlights of the debates together and come up with a list of recommendations for action to be implemented in the short and long term, as well as potential actors to be involved, and this way contribute to the Thematic outcomes, with the following content:
a. Key political messages
b. Specific linkages to international frameworks and how these messages should be taken into account
c. Current state of affairs of the theme
d. Short-term Goals (where do we need to be in 2021 and 2024?)
e. Long-term Goals (where do we need to be in 2030?)
f. How do we get there? (plan for scaling up, including some focus on good practices)
There will be 9 Thematic Closing Sessions, but no Concluding Thematic Plenary. A brief summary of the overall Thematic outcome, building on the 9 Thematic Closing Sessions, will be presented at the Closing Plenary, leading to the subsequent, more detailed Final Forum Report.
The final purpose of the Urban Closing Session is to contribute to the outcomes of the 8th Forum in support of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda /SDG’s, and to ensure continuity towards the Forums to come.
Ernani de Miranda
WITH PARTICIPATION OF
Miguel- Angel SANZ