UN Habi­tat Di­rec­tor Joan Clos joins unique global gath­er­ing of Ur­ban Lead­ers and Thinkers in Delhi

Accommodation Times - - Delhi - By AT News Ser­vices

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).

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