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Urban Age: Governing Urban Futures programme announced

The Urban Age conference on Governing Urban Futures will take place in Delhi on 14-15 November. The head of UN Habitat, Joan Clos, will join leading urban voices including India’s, South Africa’s and UK’s government ministers for urban development (Greg Clark MP, Pravin Gordhan and Venkaiah Naidu [TBC]). Former mayors and current urban leaders include Babatunde Fashola, (Lagos), Sheila Dikshit (Delhi), Anthony Williams (Washington DC), and Enrique Peñalosa (Bogotá). Leading scholars and urban experts like Ed Glaeser, Saskia Sassen, Richard Sennett, Charles Correa, Isher Judge Ahluwalia and Ananya Roy will join 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 conference has been planned to coincide with 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.

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 can now be seen online at the conference microsite.

Programme correct at the time of going to press and may be subject to change.

A livestream of the event will be hosted on the microsite between 8:45 and 17:45 (Delhi time) on the 14th of November and between 9:00 and 17:45 (Delhi time) on the 15th of November.

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