All Java Cafés are free, casual opportunities to discuss issues and events related to the United Nations and the world. We provide coffee, tea, cocoa, brief presentations and time for questions and conversation. Learn about upcoming Java Cafés here. We hope you will join us!
UN SDG's IN ACTION!
"Developing a Sustainable World
through Socially and Environmentally Conscious Innovation"
Speaker: Manuel Laredo Garnica
SDG* Award-winning Manuel Laredo Garnica of Bolivia created a circular economy company that converts scrap tires into safe flooring for playgrounds and athletic fields in Bolivia, Paraguay, and Panama. His most recent award recognized his work toward *UN Sustainable Development Goals (inc SDG 11 Sustainable Cities.) Garnica is a UN SDG trainer, TED presenter, engineer, innovator and a 2019-20 Humphrey Fellow at MSU.
Garnica founded Mamut, a socially- and environmentally-responsible urban company that develops sustainable cities. Mamut uses local resources to make locally-used products to further democratization. He is a trainer of Sustainable Development Goals, having trained more than 2.000 young people to date. He is a social entrepreneur who has received a multitude of awards because of his innovative work that has improved the lives of many. (see below: SDG #11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities)
Cities are hubs for ideas, commerce, culture, science, productivity, social development and much more. At their best, cities have enabled people to advance socially and economically. With the number of people living within cities projected to rise to 5 billion people by 2030, it’s important that efficient urban planning and management practices are in place to deal with the challenges brought by urbanization.
Many challenges exist to maintaining cities in a way that continues to create jobs and prosperity without straining land and resources. Common urban challenges include congestion, lack of funds to provide basic services, a shortage of adequate housing, declining infrastructure and rising air pollution within cities.
Rapid urbanization challenges, such as the safe removal and management of solid waste within cities, can be overcome in ways that allow them to continue to thrive and grow, while improving resource use and reducing pollution and poverty. One such example is an increase in municipal waste collection. There needs to be a future in which cities provide opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more.
The United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, took place in Quito, Ecuador from 17-20 October 2016, and was the first UN global summit on urbanization since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Habitat III offered a unique opportunity to discuss the important challenges of how cities, towns, and village can be planned and managed, in order to fulfill their role as drivers of sustainable development, and how they can shape the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change.
In Quito, world leaders adopted the New Urban Agenda which set global standards of achievement in sustainable urban development, rethinking the way we build, manage, and live in cities through drawing together cooperation with committed partners, relevant stakeholders, and urban actors at all levels of government as well as the civil society and private sector.