UN Habitat Director Joan Clos joins unique global gathering of Urban Leaders and Thinkers in Delhi
Anshu Jain, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Co- CEO of Deutsche Bank, will open the 13th Urban Age conference in Delhi next week. The head of UN Habitat, Joan Clos, will join one of the major world gatherings of urban leaders together with Babatunde Fashola, Governor of Lagos (one of the fastest growing cities in the world), UK’s government ministers for urban development (Greg Clark MP), Dame Tessa Jowell (former UK Minister for the Olympics), Anthony Williams (former Mayor of Washington DC) and Enrique Peñalosa (former Mayor of Bogotá). Over 60 experts and policymakers from 22 cities in ten countries from five continents will take part in a collective discussion on urban governance and the future development of cities. The 13th Urban Age conference, taking place in Delhi on 14-15 November, examines how urban governance and collective capacities engage with and shape the future development of cities. The conference takes place at a critical stage in India’s development path. The world’s largest democracy is currently undergoing dramatic shifts from rural to urban activities with a projected increase of 250 million urban dwellers by 2030. As the country embarks on a major new urbanisation initiative, speakers are gathering in Delhi to exchange experiences on decentralisation and devolution, leadership and institutional capacity, and new forms of network governance. The conference is accompanied by an Urban Age investiga- tion on the major governance challenges facing cities and the strategies that are being adopted to cope with intense urban change. Alongside Delhi, governance structures and dynamics in London, Bogotá, Tokyo and other cities will also be explored, looking at how urban governance shapes issues including sustainable growth, innovative infrastructure and social inclusion. Organised by LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Society, the 13th Urban Age conference is hosted in partnership with the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA).