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6th Urban Research and Knowledge Symposium 2012_Partnership Prospectus_April 2012

6th Urban Research and Knowledge Symposium 2012_Partnership Prospectus_April 2012

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Partnership prospectus for the World Bank's 6th Urban Research and Knowledge Symposium to be held in Barcelona in October of 2012
Partnership prospectus for the World Bank's 6th Urban Research and Knowledge Symposium to be held in Barcelona in October of 2012

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For more information, visit 
www.urbanknowledge.org/urks6 
andContact us at 
urks6@worldbank.org
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Cities of Tomorrow: Framing the Future
 
Partnership Prospectus as of April 20 2012.
 
Organized by
Barcelona Conference Centre, Fira de BarcelonaBarcelona, Spain | October 8-10, 2012
 
6th Urban Research and KnowledgeSymposium 2012
Partnership Prospectus
 
For more information, visit 
www.urbanknowledge.org/urks6 
andContact us at 
urks6@worldbank.org
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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
today
, 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
th
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
th
Urban Research and Knowledge Symposium(URKS6)
Urbanization Knowledge Platform
T
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.
 
For more information, visit 
www.urbanknowledge.org/urks6 
andContact us at 
urks6@worldbank.org
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Knowledge- Dialogue- Solutionapproach among
 Researchers, Policymakers
 , and 
 Practitioners
 
 
“Confronting 
aspirations with
evidence”
 
Reasons Why Your OrganizationShould Participate
Join widely acclaimed researchers,policymakers and practitioners from allover the world as they gather atURKS6 to discuss cities of tomorrow,develop evidence-based policies forachieving growth and sustainableurban development, acquire the toolsfor action, and learn how to measuresuccess.While following the traditionalSymposium format, URKS6 featuresseveral innovations:
 
Initiate a process to inform policychoices that can help policymakersmanage potential economicefficiency, environmentalsustainability and social equitytrade-offs associated with rapidurbanization;
 
Attract ongoing evidence-basedanalytic work from developing anddeveloped countries to highlight (if and) how urbanization challengesand feasible policy options varyacross levels of development andinstitutional capacities;
 
Showcase practitioner-ledinnovations that have helped ineconomic and socialtransformation of cities;
 
Develop an evidence-based longerterm research program to identifynew urbanization challenges andstrategies over the horizon.
 
Connect
 
with some of the besturban thinkers and innovators
 and gain the latest scientific, policyand practical input on the optionsand implications for advancingsustainable cities in developingcountries;
 
Share urban sustainabilityknowledge
and support developingcountries to progress towardurbanization models that delivereconomic opportunity,environmental and socialsustainability in cities;
 
Learn about the opportunitiesfor partnerships, developmentprojects and investments
in theglobal urban sector and be part of the creative, solutions-orientedconversations and joint agendaabout future cities.
 
 
Sub-themes of URKS6
The Symposium will comprise threeinterconnecting analytic clusters
 
economic, social and spatialtransformations
and two cross-cutting key themes
governance-finance and sustainability
.
The Concept Note of URKS6 (available atwww.urbanknowledge.org/urks6
 
) provides further background on the
Symposium’s objectives and modalities.
Be a Symposium Partner and Become Part of the Action at URKS6

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