20th EAROPH WORLD CONGRESS & MAYORS' CAUCUS

Sustainable Human Settlements For a Better Quality Of Life

Date : 14 - 15 August 2006
Venue: Mega Hotel, Eastwood Valley Golf & Country Club

Closing date for registration: August 10th 2006

Theme

Sustainable human settlements depend on the creation of a better environment for a human health and well-being, which will imporve the living conditions of people and decrease disparities in the quality of their lives.

An integrated approach to the provision of environmentally sound infrastructure in human settlements development that can enhance the quality of life, reduce negative impacts on the environment, improve the overall health of a population, and reduce the burden of investment in curative health and poverty alleviation.

This congress looks at the creation and management of Sustainable Human Settlements to provide a better quality of life for its citizens. In an era of rapid population growth and depleting natural resources, the theme is all the more vital in looking for answers to generate the symbiosis of the three 'E's: Economic Prosperity, Social Equity and Environmental Quality. To many, these may seem elusive, but there are success stories that can be shared with all. The Congress has therefore developed 5 sub-themes which are all important in finding the balance for further growth and development of human settlements.

Sub-themes

I - "Sustainable City Planning, Management & Governance"

How we plan, build and amange our built environment has an important impact on the liveability and quality of life of the population. Quality of life implies those attributes catering for the diversified and growing aspirations of citizens that go beyond the satisfaction of basic needs. Liveability refers to the spatial, socail and environmental characteristics and qualities that uniquely contribute to people's sense of personal and collective well-being and to their sense of satisfaction in being the residents of that particular settlement. Liveable human settlements can provide for a working democracy in which processes of participation, civic engagement and capacity-building mechanisms can be institutionalized.

Policies, strategies, guidelines and actual projects toward sustainable human settlements can be also shared amongst Congress participants.

II - "Sustainable Building and Infrastructure"

The design of the built environment is recognized as having an impact on people's well-being and behaviour and, thereby, on people's health. Good design in new housing and in upgrading and rehabilitation is important for the creation of sustainable living conditions. Buildings and its constrations also consume subsationatial non-renewable energy and natural resources. Energy efficient homes and buildings incorporate new technologies to save on energy consumption. Solutions towards sustainable buildings and infrastructure either through new technologies or traditional solutions may be shared in this forum.

III - "Sustainable Communcation and Transportation Systems"

Transport and Communication Systems are the key to the movement of goods, people, information and ideas, and to access to markets, employment, schools and other facilities and land use, both within cities and between cities, and in rural and other remote areas. The transportation sector is a major consumer of non-renewable energy and of land and is a major contributor topollution, congestion, and accidents. Integrated transport and land-use policy and planning can reduce the ill effects of current transport systems. People living in poverty, women, children and youth, the elderly and disabled are particularly disadvantaged by lack of accessible, affordable, safe and efficient public transport systems.

Developments in communications technologies can have a significant impact on economic activity and human settlements patterns. It is important for the potential impacts to be addressed so as to ensure that maximum benefits accrue to the community and to reduce any adverse outcomes in relation to access to services. The best practices and efforts towards sustainable communication and transportation systems can be tabled for others to learn from.

IV - "Sustainable Resources and Waste Management"

Unsustainable and wasteful production and consumption patterns also lead to increasing problems in waste management. It is essential to intensify efforts aimed at minimizing the production and discharge of waste, and at recycling and reuse as much as possible and disposing of the remainder in an environmentally sound manner. This will require changes in attitudes and consumption patterns and in the design of buildings and neighbourhoods, as well as innovative, efficient and sustainable modalities for waste management.

The management of natural resources such as forests, and water sources through new technologies and approaches can also help sustain these non-renewable. Best practices of national, regional and even local levels shall be tabled and experiences exchanged in this Forum.

V - "Policies, Programs, Finances and Implementation Towards Sustainability"

Policies, programmes, financial management and implementation tools are all important aspects towards sustainbility. For example, ensuring that people living in poverty have access to productive resources, including credit, land, education and training, technology, knowledge and information, as well as to public services, and that they have the opportunity to participate in decision-making in a policy and regulatory environment that would enable them to benefit from employment and economic opportunities will be one way of acheiving equality and social, political and economic sustainability.

The Congress will also be an opportunity to learn of best practices in establishing and strengthening programmes designed to improve project management skills for a community-based and non-governmental organizations, including needs assessment, project setting and design, financial management, project implementation and impact assessment, monitoring and evaluation.

Suggested hotels

Hotels Room
Tarrifs (RM)
Distance
from Congress Venue
Web
Site
Telephone
Mega Hotel From 138.00 to 310.50 nett - www.MegaHotel.net (6) 085-432432
Dynasty Hotel RM 110 to 240 10 minutes walk www.dynastyhotelmiri.com (6) 085-421111
Imperial Hotel (Apartments) RM 138 - 299 5 minutes walk - (6) 085-431133
Park Hotel RM 60-120 10 minutes walk - (6) 085-414555
Miri Marriott Resort and Spa RM 190-4500 15 minutes by taxi www.marriotthotels.com/myymc (6) 085-421121
ParkCity Everly RM 133 - 150 15 minutes by taxi www.valuehospitality.com (6) 085-418888

* Payment for the hotel shall be made individually upon checking out.

Misc. info for those attending:
For cancellation and replacement, kindly advice the organizer in writing. An administrative cost of 20% will be forfeited upon cancellation received 1 week prior to the Congress.

Substitions are allowed at no extra charge, but the organizer would appreciate prior notification.

The Organizer reserves the right without prior notice, to make alterations to the programmesor find replacement speakers should the need arise.

Earoph member USD 200.00
Individual USD 250.00
Group (3 or more from some organisations) USD 200.00
Students, NGO's USD 100.00
Accompanying person USD 100.00
Malaysian Participants  
EAROPH member RM 800.00
Individual RM 1000.00
Group (3 or more from some organisations) RM 800.00
Students, NGO's RM 300.00
Accompanying person RM 300.00

**Fee is inclusive of conference pack, refreshments, technical tour and dinners.
***Accompanying person, fees is inclusive of dinners only.
Accompanying costs are to be personally borne. (see hotel listings)

Payment
Checques / Bank drafts must be made to "EAROPH"

Or

Deposit through telegraphic transfer to account No. 514329130731, Swift Code: MBBEMYKL

Address:
Malayan Banking Berhad, Ground Floor, Block C, Kompleks Pejabat Damansara, Jalan Semantan, Damasara Heights, 50490 Kuala Lumpur


REGISTRATION AND ENQUIRIES

Please direct all registration and enquiries to:

Vincent (secretariat@earoph.net) mobile no. + 6 016 656 7656
Nora (norawie@gmail.com) mobile no.+6 012 286 5685

At:
Eastern Regional Organisation of Planning and Housing (EAROPH)
Ministry of Housing and Local Government
Level 2, Block K, Damansara Town Center
Kuala Lumpur
MALAYSIA

Telephone : 603-20925217
Fax : 603-20924217
Email : secretariat@earoph.net


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