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Symposium on Greening Urban Growth

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(c) The Growth Dialogue. Growing Urbanization.

A number of trends will dominate global discussions in coming decades. Two important trends are the increasing urbanization of the world’s population and the importance of cities for incomes and jobs while coming to grips with changing climatic conditions. How these two trends will be managed present challenges that face the global community.  

One thing is clear - there is significant merit in dealing with these two issues simultaneously. Hence the potential of green urban growth: making progress on the long term sustainability, while also capturing the energy of city-led economic growth and the inevitability of further rapid urbanization.

Greening urban growth is the topic of a two-day, high-level symposium to be held in Penang, Malaysia, on February 20 and 21, 2012. The symposium will address issues of agglomeration economics; public policy to foster greening; the role of the private sector and successful experiences to date; issues of transport, buildings and energy, and emerging new technologies; as well as aspects of job creation and finance.

The  symposium will enable government officials, academics, knowledgeable experts and urban mayors from India, the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and the United States to exchange views and experiences on what can work in the arena of green city growth. The symposium’s final session will be a global development debate on ‘innovative cities,’ linking up mayors and experts from Bangkok, Manila, and Seoul to speakers and participants in Penang.

The event is organized by The Growth Dialogue, Think City, and the World Bank Institute’s Urban and Growth and Competitiveness teams, with support from Khazanah Nasional