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The Future of Cities

Start Date:28 Feb 11 End Date:01 Mar 11

The Future of Cities
Centres of Innovation for Urban Solutions

Monday 28 February and Tuesday 1 March

Can cities, as centres of innovation, produce the solutions they need to tackle the economic, climate, resources, infrastructure, and demographic challenges they face?

As the bulk of the world’s population will be in fast-growing metropolises by 2050, do the powers that metropolitan areas have need to be re-thought?

Questions of leadership, citizen participation, and where powers should lie will be discussed by leaders from major cities, governments, and businesses, focusing on crucial themes:

• Do national government policies – on the economy, energy, transport and migration – align well with cities’ needs? If not, should decision- making be redistributed?
• To what extent are cities’ economic and political boundaries aligned?
• Where can and do cities lead on policy?
• What fiscal and financial powers should cities have?
• Do urban governments have the capacity and resources to plan for sudden or dramatic demographic change?
• What are the risks to cities of resource shortages?

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