HIGHLIGHTS: Powering Progress Together Asia 2015

HIGHLIGHTS: Powering Progress Together Asia 2015
Watch the entire forum here

MANILA, Philippines – In the next forty years, most of the world’s population will be living in urban environments.

This rapid spate of development can bring progress to millions of lives – but only if future cities are planned well to be resilient against natural and man-made shocks. Daily traffic congestion and power outages can cause immense damage to a modern city as much as any typhoon or earthquake.

Cities are rising as we speak. The discussion on best practices needs to happen now, to ensure a sustainable future for the next generation.

On Thursday, February 26, Shell hosted Powering Progress Together Asia – an annual forum that gathers hundreds of thought leaders from business, government and civil society to discuss timely issues on resilient development. This year, the forum focused on Resilience in an Urbanising World and the vital role cities will play in developing liveable and sustainable environments. This is a significant topic for Asia since it is the most populous continent, and home to over half of the world’s megacities.

Watch and read the highlights of the forum on this page.

About the forum

Powering Progress Together Asia 2015 will include four interactive sessions:

  • Resilience: Current Thinking and Trends – creates a deeper understanding of resilience and urbanisation in the face of the stress nexus, with special focus on the challenges and opportunities for Asian cities;
  • Case Studies on Resilience for Cities – discusses how innovative and eco-conscious urban planning can transform cities into smart hubs for sustainable progress;
  • Resilience and Its Implications on Business – explores how resource scarcity is helping business work in collaboration to design strategies to be resilient; and
  • Inspiring Stories of Innovation and Resilience – shares stories of innovative disaster mitigation and management as well as rehabilitation in response to climate risks

A diverse group of leading experts – amongst others His Excellency Asif Ahmad (British Ambassador to the Philippines), Ms Saya Kitasei (Head of Resilience at Xyntéo), Glynn Ellis (Strategic Energy Advisor, Shell Corporate Strategy and Planning), Architect Felino “Jun” Palafox, Jr. (green architect and urban planning expert),  Holger Dalkmann (Director at Embarq, a World Resources Institute programme on sustainable transport), Stuart Hawkins (Coca-Cola Director for Sustainability – ASEAN), Illac Diaz (Social Entrepreneur, Liter of Light) and Luke Beckman (American Red Cross’ Situational Manager and expert on disaster management) – discussed the search for greater resilience through interactive presentations, interviews and panel discussions.

International broadcast journalist Maryam Nemazee moderated the forum together with Rappler’s CEO Maria Ressa. – Rappler.com

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