This inaugural International Conference on National Urban Policy (ICNUP) is organized by UN HABITAT, the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements, and the Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology.  It is supported by the Republic of Korea‚Äôs Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and by Incheon Metropolitan City.

The conference program will deliver an evidence-based discussion on issues related to National Urban Policy as a tool to achieving compact, integrated, connected and inclusive cities that are resilient to climate change. The field of urban studies and particularly of National Urban Policy involves many multi-sectorial actors, levels of government, policy fields and professional disciplines.  This conference aims to bring together a variety of actors and provide an interactive platform for discussion and learning related to National Urban Policy. 

The aim of the conference is to not only to encourage discussion and debate but also to facilitate and encourage the process of peer-to-peer learning through training and capacity building. This process of learning will encourage the establishment and strengthening of partnerships among actors with the ultimate hope of working towards defining policy solutions to urban problems.  These solutions will contribute to harnessing urbanization for the creation of competitive, equitable, and sustainable cities.  The conference, therefore, will consider broadly the use of National Urban Policies as tool to harness the opportunities of urbanization as well as considering how smart and green principles can be incorporated into urban policy.

The conference will be of particular interest to policy makers, government officials, and non-governmental actors that are working in areas of urban policy. The conference will emphasize learning through capacity development and workshop sessions and through peer-to-peer exchange during country experience sessions. This will allow policy makers and government officials to gain insight on the processes of developing National Urban Policy and learn from regional and country urban policy experiences.

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