The International conference on "Hanoi millennium: City Past and Future" was organized on October 12-13 in Hanoi by the People Committee of Hanoi, Vietnam Urban Planning and Development Association, University of Hawaii's Globalization Research Center and UN-HABITAT to discuss the strategies to address urban challenges and to build up Hanoi as a sustainable city in which the cultural is preserved and absorbed in the modernization process. This conference was a key event for Hanoi's 1000th anniversary and a practical activity to celebrate Word Habitat Day on the theme of "Better city, Better life".
According to Mr John Hendra, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Vietnam, there are two very different urbanization scenarios for Hanoi to choose: "In the first scenario the city will fail to meet the needs of its urban citizens. In such a city, many people will live in sub-standard housing and informal settlements, in poorly planned areas where they have little access to basic quality services. Many will end up as migrants, working in the informal economy, and only a minority will be able to realize their productive potential. Such a poorly planned city runs the risk of becoming a dysfunctional metropolitan. In the second scenario, urban challenges are openly debated in public policy discussions. The necessary resources for smart urban growth are available, through both public and private investments. This is the kind of city where careful and rational land use planning is in place, as well as good local governance and efficient urban management, improved access to good infrastructure and basic services, and where technology is used to manage environmental stresses. This green, sustainable city is more resilient to natural disasters and creates jobs and opportunities for its residents, provides decent shelter and helps more people out of poverty." This conference was one of many efforts to put Hanoi at the initial stage of this second scenario.
The conference reviewed many challenges that Hanoi is facing. But in this special time when Hanoi is celebrating 1000th year anniversary, effort to complete the preparation of the Master Plan for Hanoi capital to 2030 become even more necessary.
Mr. Daniel Biau, Director, Regional and Technical Cooperation Division, UN-HABITAT, indicated in his opening address: "The greatest challenge is to define a vision of sustainable and inclusive development whereby Hanoi becomes a positive reality for everyone, not just for urban planners and managers. As urbanization is to continue, in the future Hanoi should function more effectively as the capital of the country and the engine for regional and national development. The significant challenges that the new Plan should address include:
- to improve competitiveness not only nationwide but also in the region (Hanoi 2009 provincial competitive index is pretty low – ranked 33 among 63 cities and provinces),
- Development of the other side of the Red River and the Hanoi-Haiphong corridor,
- Provision of housing for the population of a region of about 10 million people by 2030,
- Provision of urban infrastructure and services including well-functioning transportation system, water supply, sanitation, drainage, solid waste collection and treatment, education and health care,
- Potential impacts of climate-related disasters, particularly on the urban poor and the vulnerable groups.
Hanoi's planners have to find a fair balance between economic growth and competitiveness of the city on the one hand, and the protection of its natural wealth and built environment on the other".
During the conference, participants from 8 countries including USA, Canada, France, Singapore, China, Holland, Japan and Vietnam presented and discussed in many thematic panels. They are The city in Transition, Historic Preservation, Climate Change and Sustainable Urban Development, Migration- Reshaping Architecture & Urbanization, Participatory Planning, Peri-urban Transformation, Livable Cities, Public Space, Transformation, Environment and City Region, which are inter-related aspects that Hanoi can use to guide its future development.
- Regional Planning and Linkages for Southern Key Economic Zone Workshop in Ho Chi Minh City
- Policy Dialogue on Right to Adequate Housing: Roles of Urban Communities in the Housing Process
- Training on Developing result based Monitoring and Evaluation System in Urban Sector
- Urban Planning for City Leaders
- Initiatives to Promote Local Economic Development
- The World We Want: Listening to the views of poor and marginalized people 2
- The World We Want: Listening to the views of poor and marginalized people 1
- Leadership Training for Sustainable City Development Strategy of Danang
- New collaboration signed aims to support the Government of Viet Nam in the implementation of the Viet Nam Statistical Development Strategy 2011-2020
- United Nations Resident Coordinator leading UN-Habitat delegation to have courtesy visits to Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics and Public Administration and Minister of Construction
- Workshop "Capacity Builging to Develop Climate Change Response towards Green-Growth"
- Training on Multi Sector Investment Planning
- ‘Local to Global’ Art-Craft Industry Dialogues
- Government of Viet Nam and the United Nations signed new One Plan for 2012-2016
- National Workshop on Project "Urban Observatory System in Vietnam"
- Training of Trainers Workshop on Housing Policy Development
- World Habitat Day in Vietnam
- UN-HABITAT, partners hold consultative leadership workshop for Vietnamese Province *Will open a separate file
- Consultative Leadership Workshop for Quang Nam PDS
- Kick-off workshop of 'Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment (VAA) of Hoi An' project as a initial step of integrated approaches to the development of Hoi An Eco-city
- Workshop on Consultation and Technical Assistance to National Housing Development Strategy toward 2020, vision of 2030
- Vietnamese Study Tour in Korea on Low-Income Housing
- Workshop "Urban Indicators and Urban Management in Vietnam"
- International Conference on "Hanoi Millennium: City Past and Future"
- Joint Hoi An Eco-city Scoping Workshop
- A proactive member of UN family and a trusted partner working together with people for a better urban life - Viet Nam team’s motto to set forth the next HCPD