World Cities Day

On October 30, in connection with the World Cities Day, the MDP/Global Classroom Program organized an open lecture for students and teachers of the al-Farabi Kazakh National University. The event, held in coordination with UNIC Kazakhstan, focused on several areas: partnership between universities and state for sustainable development of cities and communities (relevant to SDG 11); forming the vision of “smart cities”, current and future tendencies in application of ICT in making cities more dynamic and resident-friendly (SDG 15); technological and social innovation in sustainable development, including social integration, cultural diversity, and culture of innovations among students (SDG 4 & SDG 9).

As the example of the most modern and environment-friendly approach in construction in large cities, the new building of the United Nations in Almaty has been mentioned. The Almaty UN building meets the high level international safety and comfort standards and UN requirements; the building is located in Almaty business area, within walking distance to the botanical garden, the Atakent exhibition center, parks and public gardens, close to main transport corridors; ensuring convenient access for public and private transport.

The top management of the al-Farabi University, heads of faculties and departments, representatives of United Nations made presentations and entered into lively dialogue with the students.

The co-organizers of the event were: Ban Ki-moon Institute of Sustainable Development; UN Academic Impact; Model UN New Silk Road; etc.