Networking Event: Sustainable Cities: Framing the Future


The world’s city builders are about to undertake the most ambitious and important task ever faced by humanity: building sustainable cities for some seven billion residents by 2050. The foundation for these sustainable cities has to be laid today.

It is clear that cities have not lived up to their potential as innovation escalators, poverty alleviators, knowledge centers, and more importantly, climate change fighters. If these are left unaddressed, cities will become part of the problem rather than the solution. Business as usual is not an option.

Key questions to be discussed:

  •  How do we empower cities to harness the unprecedented urbanization occurring today for sustainable and low-carbon growth?
  •  How do we make policy choices that maximize economic efficiency and environmental sustainability while enhancing social and spatial equity?
  • How do we leverage spatial planning as an integrator of social, economic and environmental issues to implement SDG 11?


Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and Chair of C-40 (TBC)

Jairo Jorge, Mayor of Canoas, Brazil

Khalifa Sall, Mayor of Dakar, Senegal

Mauricio Esteban Rodas Espinel, Mayor of Quito (TBC)

Miguel Angel Mancera, Mayor of Mexico City (TBC)


Moderator: Ede Jorge Ijjasz-Vasquez, World Bank Senior Director of Urban, Rural and Social Development

Opening remarks: Joan Clos, Executive Director, UN-Habitat

Closing remarks: Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility


October 20, 2016 - October 20, 2016


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


MR 8, Habitat III Conference Center


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