Past Event

Prospects for Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: The Urban SDG and Implications for Istanbul

November 10, 2015
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

A Roundtable Discussion with Aromar Revi

Prospects for Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: The Urban SDG and Implications for Istanbul

Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul hosted Aromar Revi, Director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements and Co-Chair of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) at a roundtable meeting on November 10, 2015. Aromar Revi, a globally recognized expert on urban issues, leads the SDSN’s thematic group on sustainable cities. His advocacy efforts were influential in the acceptance of a stand-alone goal focused on cities within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 11).

Aromar Revi was in Istanbul to participate in a high-level conference with the SDSN20, examining the relevance of the Sustainable Development Goals for industrialized countries ahead of the G20 meetings in Turkey. This marks Revi’s second visit to Istanbul in 2015. In February 2015, his program entailed a meeting with Istanbul Metropolitan Mayor Kadir Topbaş, a visit to the Sarıyer Municipality, a roundtable meeting and a public talk titled, “How can new urban geographies create new histories?

The roundtable at Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul brought together a diverse group of stakeholders engaged with questions of urban sustainability and the SDGs from UNDP, Kadir Has University, Boğaziçi University, İstanbul Bilgi University, UCLG, Embarq Turkey, the Sustainable Development Association, Foundation for the Support of Women’s Work as well as independent researchers, social entrepreneurs and architects. 

Aromar Revi is the Director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) – India’s first prospective National University for Research and Innovation to address challenges of urbanization through an integrated program of education, research, consulting and advisory services. He has been a senior advisor to various ministries of the Government of India, consulted with a wide range of UN, multilateral, bilateral development and private sector institutions and works on economic, environmental and social change at global, regional and urban scales. Aromar Revi has led over a hundred major research, consulting and implementation assignments in India and abroad; helped structure, design and review development investments in excess of $4 billion; worked on three of the world’s ten largest cities, with communities across twenty-five of India’s twenty-eight states apart from multiple international projects in half a dozen countries.He is also one of South Asia’s leading disaster mitigation and management experts and has led emergency teams to assess, plan and execute recovery and rehabilitation programs for ten major earthquake, cyclone, surge and flood events affecting over five million people.

Aromar is considered a leading expert on Global Environmental Change especially on Climate Change adaptation and mitigation. He is one of the Coordinating Lead Authors for the Urban Areas section of the IPCC 5th Assessment report (2014). He also works on the dynamics of macro-governance and on long-range futures for India and South Asia. He is currently involved in developing India 2050, a dynamic long-range national economy-resource-demographic model for India.