The junction between successful urban planning agenda and the assurance of its sustainability and inclusivity is coined as sustainable urbanization.  It is believed that sustainable urbanization and economic integration are closely intertwined.  With such consideration, policy experts urge the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to reconcile its target of establishing an economic integration through the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) with the protection of the ecosystem and biodiversity.  This is particularly crucial in urban communities having economies that are based in high production and consumption consequent to serious environmental and economic issues.Since ASEAN cities play a critical role in the unfolding of AEC, it is imperative to hold congress and provide an avenue for the exchange of relevant information as well as for collaboration to explore strategic ways of addressing concerns for developing sustainability mechanism and promoting economic integration.  Collective and proactive participation among all sectors within the ASEAN region is deemed necessary in achieving a holistic approach.Consistent with the celebration of the ASEAN’s 50th Founding Anniversary wherein the Philippines is the 2017 ASEAN Chair, the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB), will conduct a forum on “Sustainable Urbanization in the Course of ASEAN Economic Integration”. The Congress will be held on June 26-30, 2017 in Manila City, Philippines. The main purpose of the Congress is to identify and integrate strategies on dynamic ASEAN economic integration vis-à-vis sustainable urbanization. The Congress will serve as a venue for the exchange of information and research outputs on sustainable urbanization in the course of ASEAN Economic Integration.To know more about the Congress, refer to the image below.



Dr. Cielito Habito


Dr. Cielito Habito was the former Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning and Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) during the term of President Fidel V. Ramos. Currently, he is the Chief of Party for the USAID-Trade Project. He continues to speak widely to a variety of audiences at home and abroad on economic policy and sustainable development. His wide experience in international development diplomacy included heading Philippine delegations to major international conferences, including the UN International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, Egypt (September 1994) and the World Summit on Social Development in Copenhagen, Denmark (March 1995).


THEME: ASEAN Economic Community and Urban Metabolism for Inclusive Growth (Day 2)


Dr. Bharat Dahiya


An award-winning Urbanist, Dr. Bharat Dahiya combines academic research, policy analysis and development practice aimed at examining and tackling current social, economic, environmental and governance issues in the Asian urban context and at multiple geographical scales. By academic training, Dr. Bharat is a Social Scientist and Urban & Regional Planner. He holds a PhD in Urban Governance from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. Prior to that, he completed his M.A. in Geography from Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Master of Planning from School of Planning and Architecture, both based in New Delhi.

THEME: Environment Protection amidst Industrialization for Sustainable Cities (Day 2)


Dr. Mushtag Ahmed Memon


 Dr. Mushtaq Ahmed Memon is a Regional Coordinator for Resource Efficiency for UN Environment Asia Pacific Office. His expert area is waste management including integrated solid waste management for cities, waste and climate change, disaster waste management, e-waste management, eco towns, and public-private partnerships. He has implemented projects on Integrated Solid Waste Management in India, Peoples Republic of China, Sri Lanka, Viet Nam, Thailand, and Cambodia. He has also assisted to develop Sustainability Assessment of Technologies (SAT) methodology to select environmentally sound technologies.

THEME: Human Settlement and Rapid Urbanization in ASEAN Megacities (Day 3)


Dr. Eduardo Araral


Dr. Eduardo Araral is a theoretician and a practitioner. As a theoretician, he specializes in the study of the causes and consequences of institutions for collective action and the governance of the commons. He has published in 20 journals and 17 other publications and presented in 40 conferences. He has received 12 awards and recognitions including fellowships from the research centers of 3 Nobel Laureates (Economics). As a practitioner, he has an active portfolio of government advisory, consultancy and executive education. He has served as Strategy Adviser to Kazakhstan’s Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Development. He has also undertaken 18 consultancy projects for Asian Development Bank and World Bank, among others. He has also lectured in 115 Executive Education Programs for more than 3,000 government officials from 27 countries in Asia.

THEME: Impacts of Flow of Goods and Services (Day 3)


Arch. Felino Albano Palafox, Jr.


 Architect and Urban Planner Felino “Jun” Palafox, Jr. has 43 years of experience in architecture and 41 years in planning. He has collaborated with some of the best designers, leaders, and developers in the world. A registered APEC Architect, he founded Palafox Associates, the world-renowned architectural design and planning firm in the Philippines in 1989.Arch. Palafox has been a recipient of several local and international awards, most notably as Ambassador for Peace from the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace given in New York, Outstanding Professional Awardee for 2012. He was also cited by Forbes Asia Magazine as one of the 48 Heroes of Philanthropy in Asia, one of four in the Philippines.