Asia is urbanizing at breakneck speed. Of the 47 cities in the world defined as “megacities”, two-thirds are in Asia. The 2.3 billion urban dwellers in the Asia-Pacific region are in the majority compared to the rural population. The fastest urban population growth is expected to occur in secondary cities in Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
As these cities grow, they face several challenges at once. Their governments must manage housing and infrastructure for the millions of new residents. They must also expand their cities’ preparedness for slow-moving crises, such as climate change, blocked infrastructure, and pandemics, and sudden-onset disasters such as earthquakes, floods, and major power outages.
In two events, Asia Swiss Society and Swiss Re Institute Find out how some of the region’s biggest cities are building resilience. We will explore what are the different approaches that make cities resilient, share best practices we can learn from, and explore the relationship between political systems and the level of resilience of cities.
Both events will be held as hybrid events, in the beautiful auditorium of Swiss Re Next in Zurich, as well as online via Microsoft Teams.
ASIAN CITIES UNDER SLOW THREATS
Tuesday September 13, 2022 / 08:30-11:00 CEST
The first event, on September 13, will focus on what makes a city resilient in the face of slow but real stresses that are crucial for a city to thrive in the long term. Supachai Tantikomuntil recently Chief Resilience Officer for Bangkok, will share his experiences in the field. Jonas Jorin, co-director of the Future Resilient Systems program at the Singapore-ETH Centre, will show the challenges cities face in managing resilience. And Debjani Bhattacharyya will place urban resilience in the broader context of societies as a whole.
HOW ASIAN CITIES REBOUND FROM SUDDEN DISASTERS
Tuesday October 4, 2022 / 08:30-11:00 CEST
The second event, on October 4, examines ways in which fast-growing megacities can bounce back from sudden onset disasters by preparing for them in advance. It will feature an award-winning architect, urban planner and social scientist Arif Hassan from Karachi, Pakistan; Madhu Raghunath, a disaster risk management expert covering several Southeast Asian countries for the World Bank; and David Lallemanwho will talk about managing increasing risks and stronger recovery from a disaster.