Coming together for urbanization: Understanding the phenomenon for a more equitable world

Global Development Network is hosting its 13th Annual Global Development Conference ‘Urbanization and Development: Delving Deeper into the Nexus’ in Budapest, Hungary on 16-18 June, 2012 in partnership with Central European University (CEU). The conference is a prime opportunity for the exchange of ideas with internationally renowned researchers, representatives of national and international organizations and sponsors of research.

The world is facing unprecedented levels of urbanization where the planning of urban areas, and their impact on the environment, become central issues,. In other words, we are now approaching an era where development is becoming synonymous with urbanization.

Against this backdrop, the Conference in Budapest will focus on the nexus between urbanization and development by adopting a holistic, interdisciplinary approach, shedding light on the economic aspects of urbanization., The conference will also provide useful policy lessons based on a number of success stories in developing and transition countries.

H.E. Dr. János Martonyi, Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, will inaugurate the event taking place at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The keynote speaker of the three-day gathering is Saskia Sassen (Columbia University). Other plenary speakers include Christine Kessides (World Bank Institute),  Ravi Kanbur (Cornell University) and Eduardo Lora (Inter-American Development Bank).

Some of the topics covered at the Conference, include:

  • Cities as Engines of Growth
  • Agglomeration Economies and Urbanization
  • Urban Externalities: Congestion, Contagious Disease and Crime
  • Urbanization and Poverty

The GDNet team will be providing social media coverage for the Conference.

Follow us on twitter (@Connect2GDNet), our Youtube GDNet Channel, and find our blog for the latest on Conference proceedings.


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