Child street design and climate action focus at World Urban Forum
Initiatives aimed at using urban design and innovation to tackle climate change and improve safety and liveability for young people were announced at the 10th World Urban Forum, held in Abu Dhabi, with participation by the FIA Foundation.
The World Resources Institute launched the 2020 Ross Center Prize for Cities which will this year focus on urban initiatives targeting climate action and inequality. An award of $250,000 is available to the winner. In 2019 the Prize was won by NGO Amend, with its SARSAI programme which is funded by the FIA Foundation. The Foundation's Executive Director Saul Billingsley joined WRI Ross Center's Global Director Ani Dasgupta and UN Habitat Executive Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif to launch the Prize.
In a session at the WUF Urban Library, Saul Billingsley joined the Executive Director of the Bernard van Leer Foundation, Cecilia Vaca Jones, to support a pre-launch event for the NACTO - Global Designing Cities 'Streets For Kids' handbook. Global Designing Cities Initiative director Skye Duncan gave an impassioned and inspiring presentation of the practical guide. It will be published in April 2020 and rolled out with initial support to 12 cities around the world, with additional funding support from Fondation Botnar and Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Many of the hundreds of side events at the WUF focused on safe and sustainable mobility. The FIA Foundation participated in panels at events organised by the Global Road Safety Partnership, WRI, and the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP). At the ITDP event, on safe and sustainable environments for youth in the Global South, Saul Billingsley presented the TRUE emissions initiative and encouraged cities to come forward to develop emissions data sets to better target policy. At a WRI panel, he discussed the forthcoming Stockholm Ministerial Conference and its potential to help promote a safe streets agenda.