Dublin City is co-hosting the forthcoming World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty (WACAP) Forum on 20 and 21 February 2013, in the RDS. In partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Women, this unique and important Forum will address the global challenge of urban poverty and the role of technology in making cities Smart, Safe and Sustainable.
A robust programme with confirmed keynote addresses from Michelle Bachelet (Executive Director, UN Women), Mary Robinson (Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice) and Tom Arnold (Concern Worldwide) is being devised, with participation expected from some 1,000 international delegates, including some 150 Mayors and other city decision-makers, technology experts at the forefront of developing smart city solutions, academics from a range of disciplines, and NGOs engaged in development, anti-poverty and environmental work. The Forum will also feature real life case studies where technology has played a role in addressing the needs of people living in poverty. In addition, it will feature an Expo, which will provide space for businesses, regions, universities, NGOs and others to display and explain their products, projects and case studies. A further key feature of the event is the matching of real challenges to real solutions. This exchange mechanism will begin in advance of the Forum via a dedicated website where urban decision makers and NGOs can outline specific needs or challenges to technology experts and other cities who can respond with advice, suggestions and pledges of support.
For more information, see www.dublin2013.com