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 investigation 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).
The full programme is available on www.lsecities.net.
Urban Age Conference: Governing Urban Futures
Delhi, 14-15 November 2014
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ABOUT LSE CITIES
LSE Cities is an international centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science supported by Deutsche Bank that carries out research education and outreach activities in London and abroad. Its mission is to study how people and cities interact in a rapidly urbanising world, focusing on how the design of cities impacts on society, culture and the environment. Through research, conferences, teaching and projects, the centre aims to shape new thinking and practice on how to make cities fairer and more sustainable for the next generation of urban dwellers, who will make up over 70 per cent of the global population by 2050.
ABOUT THE URBAN AGE
The Urban Age Programme, jointly organised with Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Society, is an international investigation of the spatial and social dynamics of cities centred on an annual conference, research initiative and publication. Since 2005, conferences have been held in London, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Chicago, Sao Paulo, Mumbai, Berlin, Johannesburg, Mexico City, Shanghai and New York. As an event, the Urban Age catalyses the exchange of information, experiences and data across a global network of cities. The conferences operate as mobile laboratories, testing and sampling the social and physical characteristics of global cities through expert presentations and testimonials, research, site visits, mapping and informal information exchange.
ABOUT THE ALFRED HERRHAUSEN SOCIETY (AHS)
The non-profit Alfred Herrhausen Society (AHS) is the international forum of Deutsche Bank. Its work focuses on new forms of governance as a response to the challenges of the 21st century. The Alfred Herrhausen Society seeks traces of the future in the present and conceptualises relevant themes for analysis and debate. It works with international partners across a range of fields, including policy, academia and business, to organise forums for discussion worldwide. It forges international networks and builds temporary institutions to help to find better solutions to global challenges. It targets future decision-makers, but also attempts to make its work accessible to a wide public audience. The society is dedicated to the work of Alfred Herrhausen, former spokesman of the Deutsche Bank board of directors, who advocated the idea of corporate social responsibility in an exemplary manner until his assassination by terrorists in 1989.