Aromar Revi, Indian Institute for Human Settlements
Aromar Revi is the founding Director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), an interdisciplinary national University in India focused on urbanization. For over a decade, he has built IIHS into one of the world’s leading education, research, training, advisory and implementation- support institution, focusing on the multi-dimensional challenges and opportunities of sustainable urbanization. He is a global practice and thought leader, and educator with 35 years of interdisciplinary experience in sustainable development, public policy and governance, human settlements, global environmental and technological change.
Aromar is an international expert on Sustainable Development; Co-Chair of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), from where he helped lead a successful global campaign for an urban Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 11) as part of the UN’s 2030 development agenda.
The battle for sustainable development will be won or lost in the world’s cities, especially those in Asia and Africa, where the largest urbanisation in human history is underway. Aromar Revi will outline the process and challenges of negotiating SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities & Communities) at the United Nations and subsequent progress in the localisation of SDGs in urban areas, using examples from various parts of the world.