San José, St. Gallen 17 December 2015 “Building Sustainable Cities and Lifestyles in Latin America and the Caribbean” is the joint theme of two major international conferences to be held in the capital of Costa Rica, San Jose, 17-20 May 2016. As a follow up of the World Resources Forum 2014, held in Peru, which attracted over 1,000 participants, the first regional WRF for Latin Amercia and the Caribbean will be held in conjunction with the International Congress on Habitat and Sustainable Cities alongside the International Green Expo, co-organised with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The conferences will focus on the potential for change in the Latin American and Caribbean region, by showcasing best practices, identifying obstacles and discussing how to overcome them, and forging partnerships and agreements to start acting now.
High-quality infrastructure, sustainable cities, modern energy supplies and adequate waste management facilities are widely seen as key factor in enabling consumers to adopt more sustainable lifestyles. This can be achieved by increasing investments by business and public authorities in resource-efficiency and CO2 reduction, and helping decision makers in government, business, NGO’s and private households to get access to adequate information, tools and methodologies.
Stakeholders from all Latin American and Caribbean region are expected, representing national governments, local authorities, business, researchers, NGO’s and students, who will get the opportunity to reinforce networks, share experiences, learn and participate in an effective and timely technological transfer towards better resource management, and sustainable construction and lifestyles in the region.
For the scientific sessions a WRF Call for Papers has been opened. Furthermore organisations are invited to submit workshop proposals. The plenary program, including a high-level forum on Latin American and Caribbean priorities, will be presented early next year.