UN-HABITAT: Sustainable Communities Course to Examine Risk and Vulnerability Reduction of Cities

Teaching sustainable urban development 12 August 2008: A two-week course on Sustainable Communities has commenced in Bangkok, Thailand, bringing together 28 urban professionals representing academia, NGOs, local

authorities and central government agencies from 15 African and Asian


This is the second time that the course, which is funded by the

Government of Finland and coordinated by the Helsinki University of Technology

in collaboration with UN-HABITAT and the UN Environment Programme, is being

run. It aims to provide professionals with an overview of current thinking and

examples on how to use city planning as a tool for sustainable development. The

topics to be addressed during the course include: transportation and energy;

risk and vulnerability reduction; and urban planning and sustainability. The

course contributes to the implementation of UN-HABITAT's new medium term

strategic plan to strengthen education for sustainable urbanization. [UN

Habitat press release, 12 August 2008]