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International conference on urban climate resilience

Since 2017, the G-STIC community and conference connect experts from all over the world to foster technological innovation for achieving the SDGs. With successful conference editions from 2017 to 2023, in Europe, Middle East and Latin America G-STIC has become the place where organizations and communities engaging with technology for the SDGs and climate change come together to exchange state-of-the-art technological solutions, best practices and lessons learned. GSTIC is jointly hosted by institutions in Africa, Europe, Latin America, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.

In 2015, India’s urban population was 420 million, but this is projected to almost double and reach 800 million by 2050. In the face of climate change, this makes sustainable and climate-resilient urbanization one of the most challenging problems in the modern era. It is in this context, that VITO NV and Faculty of Architecture and Planning AKTU (Abdul Kalam Technical University, India), in collaboration with the Government of Uttar Pradesh's Environment, Forest and Climate Change Department (India), Departement Omgeving (Flanders, Belgium), FIT (Flanders and Investment Trade, Belgium) and TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute, India) with support from the Department of Climate Change and Forests, Government of U.P., organised an International Urban Climate Resilience (URBCARE) Conference under the banner of G-STIC at A.K.T.U. Campus, Sector 11, Jankipuram Vistar, Lucknow from November 22 to November 23, 2023.

Climate change is a global issue that requires collective action from all stakeholders, including businesses and organizations. The conference’s aimed to bring together experts, policymakers, researchers, and practitioners to discuss the latest developments and solutions in climate change mitigation and adaptation. During the URBCARE conference, speakers shared their insights about key urban issues such as heat stress, air pollution, waste management, wastewater use and urban flooding. The way these are inter-connected in a city, means an integrated approach to solving these challenges is needed. The speakers focused on innovative ways of building integrated urban climate resilience and sustainability with scalable technology options. The conference received a warm response from the government authorities, Local administrative bodies, research institutions, distinguished scholars and participants from across the globe.