The forum for making a better future “Resilient Cities, Brighter Futures” 


             There is a name of typhoon called as Haiyan that caused great damage to the Republic of the Philippines on November 8, 2013. It is one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded and devastated portions of Southeast Asia, and especially the Philippines. The damage from Haiyan including loss of lives and damage of property was extensive and incalculable. Even the World Health Organization (WHO) classified scale of damage from Haiyan as third disaster which is the highest level. Afterward, to recover huge harm from Haiyan, various and plenty of countries have supported to the countries both materially and morally.


After this mega disaster, Philippines has made a lot of effort to improve their adaptive capacities and fund existing crisis management systems to handle effectively when they face huge natural disaster. In addition, diverse countries and institutions including Philippines have paid attention for enhancing anticipatory thinking, planning strategic foresight methods for future city, and making workable policy for sustainable city. Taking this experience, each country perceived the importance for better future and sustainable development strategy. For sharing and developing idea from various countries, a forum-workshop was organized from 21 to 24 May 2014 in Laoag City, the Philippines.


             Under the theme of 'Resilient Cities, Brighter Futures,' the forum was held by the UNESCO Social and Human Sciences Sector, the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines, the Center for Engaged Foresight in collaboration with the City Government of Laoag, Northwestern University Laoag, Tamkang University Taiwan, the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies, SMART Communication Philippines and and the International Society for Heal Being Studies, South Korea.The focus of this forum-workshop was on enhancing participants’ capacity both to make sense of existing and emergent systems, of all kinds, that create social and economic value as well as to begin to identify the potential for the novel approaches that are necessary to achieve a transition to sustainable societies.











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