Key Questions to be discussed:
How to make policy choices under resourceconstraints and uncertainty today that willminimize lock-in and path dependency atlater stages of development?
How to maximize economic efficiency andenvironmental sustainability whileenhancing social and spatial equity?
Over the past few years, the global policydebate on urbanization has startedtransforming from being primarilyconcerned about managing the ills of urbanization toward one that focuses onharnessing the gains from urbantransformation. Initial stocktaking suggeststhat the jury is still out on the choice,timing, sequence and location of policyinstruments and investments that can helpin enhancing the benefits fromurbanization. There are many unansweredquestions on how to enhance economicefficiency and environmentalsustainability while balancing social andspatial equity.As many developing countries are rapidlyurbanizing at a time when governmentshave limited administrative and fiscalcapacities, underlying land markets andlegal institutions to manage urbanexpansion are incipient. In addition,external environment - both natural andeconomic - are rapidly changing, requiringpolicymakers to have access toinformation that will help make difficultchoices
, and will generate the “leastregret” at later stages of development.
Innovations and technology have animportant role in enhancing the choice setof options, but these need to be weighedalongside institutional capacities and otherdevelopment objectives.
Cities of Tomorrow: Framing the Future
has been selected as the focal topic for the6
Urban Research and KnowledgeSymposium (URKS6) to be held inBarcelona, Spain, from October 8-10,2012.The Symposium is being organized by theWorld Bank as part of the activities underits Urbanization Knowledge Platform inconjunction with the City of Barcelona.URKS6 is expected to attract over 1,000participants.
Welcome to the 6
Urban Research and Knowledge Symposium(URKS6)
Urbanization Knowledge Platform
he Urbanization Knowledge Platform (“UrbKP”) is an initiative launched by the World Bank’s Urban
Development and Local Government Unit in February 2011, and is part of the World Bank's "OpenDevelopment- Open Knowledge" agenda.
The mission of the Urbanization Knowledge Platform is to put the world’s best
knowledge and data in thehands of policymakers and practitioners, to harness urban growth for better development outcome.