Published by the Visayan Daily Star
Editor-in-Chief & President
Bureau Chief, Dumaguete
MAJA P. DELY
|CARLOS ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA
The entry of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) of the Philippines was chosen as one of the 10 winners of the 11 th Cycle of the Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment.
The award was announced during the subcommittee meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives to the United Nations – Habitat on March 5, where the UN – Habitat Secretariat announced the 10 winning initiatives under five different categories that were selected out of 524 entries from 89 countries.
The IGES initiative titled “Making land-use climate sensitive: A project to increase resilience of cities against floods by integrating climate change into land-use planning” was selected as a best practice for improving the living environment under the theme of urban legislation and governance and won in the category of University Research Award on Legislation, Rules, Regulations and Governance Systems.
The 2017 award comes at a critical time following the adoption of the New Urban Agenda in October 2016, which provides a distinct opportunity to showcase effective interventions for improving the lives of urban residents around the globe in line with the Sustainable Development Goal 11.
Furthermore, the award represents the importance of strong and coherent partnerships in implementing the New Urban Agenda and SDG 11 and delivering socially, economically and environmentally sustainable cities for all.
The recognition of the Filipino entry by UN – Habitat as among the best and most relevant initiatives to improve the living environment in urban areas is a significant achievement for the members of the academe involved in the initiative. On the local front, we hope that their effort is not only recognized but more importantly, given due attention and considered for implementation by forward looking local governments or government agencies who have similar goals as far as the improvement and adaptation of our cities are concerned.
Awards are always welcome but the best recognition for this Filipino initiative that has been recognized by experts in the international community would be a government that is willing to support the initiatives that could result in socially, economically and environmentally sustainable cities in our country.*