The chair and the hosts outline why they see dialogue between scientists, executives and policy-makers as the key to tackling the challenges of our time and outline the main issues of the conference.
The concept of “sustainable cities” was coined in the smaller, wealthier cities of the developed world, where it denotes the benefits of green solutions to mobility, energy supply and waste management, while maximising social cohesion. In this session, we will discuss how relevant this approach is for fast-growing cities in countries like India that are facing not only climate change, but also the combined challenges of growing migration, uncontrolled expansion, limited financial resources and implementation capacity.
How will the world's largest cities look in 2030? Will India's policy-makers be able to create well-functioning and socially inclusive cities, using green technologies to mitigate the impact of rapid growth on climate change? Or will these cities grow increasingly chaotic, unequal and polluting? What are the trends now? Which policies and approaches are key?
In this session, panellists will discuss the findings of background research on urban futures and its relevance to Indian cities with policy-makers, executives and researchers.
In two series of three breakout sessions, inspiring experts and practitioners in urban infrastructure, mobility and planning will share successful initiatives, ground-breaking research and new ideas with participants. How can research/ideas being adapted to India?