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LSE Cities at the World Urban Forum Medellín, Colombia | 5-11 April 2014

LSE Cities is participating in a series of expert panel discussions as part of the World Urban Forum 2014. Please note that all times are local Medellín time (COT).

Cities and the New Climate Economy: Infrastructure, Innovation and the Spatial Fix
Thursday 10 April 2014, 4.00 – 6.00pm | UN Habitat Pavilion, City Changer Room, Medellín

This session is structured around ongoing research for the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate and the cities workstream of the Commission’s New Climate Economy (NCE) project which LSE Cities is leading. The overall aim of NCE is to provide independent and authoritative evidence on the relationship between actions which can strengthen economic performance and those which reduce the risk of dangerous climate change. It has been repeatedly argued that cities have a unique opportunity to build a different model of economic growth – one which achieves the benefits of growth but with significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions alongside co-benefits such as improved health. And it is commonly understood that this will require a focus on actions that are systematically important for how cities function including decisions around urban form, transport and innovation policy. This interactive session will bring together insights and perspectives that are currently emerging through urban research and practice and aims to contribute to the current debate around cities in a New Climate Economy.


Configuring the Urban Night
Thursday 10 April 2014 6.00 – 8.00pm | Auditiorio, Parque Explora, Medellín

Hosted by LSE Cities, Despacio and Parque Explora, and with participation from Medellín Municipality, this official side event to the World Urban Forum 7 aims at mapping and understanding the role urban lighting can play in improving livelihoods, increasing safety and fostering sustainable environmental policies for cities. Representatives of lighting research initiatives, regulatory bodies and the industry will analyse the interests of different stakeholders as well as current developments in urban design and governance in the context of contemporary Medellín.

This event will be streamed live. Click here to view the event.

The World Urban Forum (WUF) is a non-legislative technical forum convened by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). Hosted in a different city every two years, it examines the most pressing issues facing the world today in the area of human settlements, including rapid urbanisation and its impact on cities, communities, economies, climate change and policies. For more information visit the project website.

Photo credit: “Medellín at Night” by Robert Schrader

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