Seminar on Emerging Sustainable Cities: From Diagnostics to Action
20 Mar 2012
The rapid urban growth in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is reflected in a number of challenges that LAC cities face to ensure sustainability in the coming years. These challenges can be grouped into three dimensions:
Environmental sustainability and climate change
Integrated urban development
Fiscal management and governance
Addressing urban sustainability in LAC requires the development of a methodological tool for understanding the current state of urban development and for providing prioritization criteria and specific project proposals to strengthen urban growth, promote environmental sustainability, and encourage economic development, social inclusion and a solid fiscal and institutional situation. This has enabled the Inter-American Development Bank to formulate, on the basis of the pilot, the Emerging Sustainable Cities Initiative. This initiative will allow the identification of projects that promote urban sustainability, seeking to comprehensively address the urban challenges and facilitating efficient planning of public and private investment.
As part of the Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the IDB in Montevideo, Uruguay, a seminar on the Emerging Sustainable Cities Initiative will be held. The seminar will take place on March 20 and will consist of four parts:
Review of the status of the Emerging Sustainable Cities Initiative, and lessons learned from its implementation in Montevideo, Trujillo, Santa Ana, Goiania and Port of Spain
Session on Climate Change and Cities, by three renowned scholars and practitioners (Luis Bettencourt, Steffen Lehmann, and Josef Zeininger)
Session on Governance and Climate Change, with presentations by the mayors of Bilbao (Spain), Rosario (Argentina), and Puebla (Mexico)
Closing Panel for discussion among panelists and participants.
The event is an ideal forum to exchange experiences and lessons learned on an integrated approach to the problem of sustainability for cities of the Latin America and the Caribbean.
Agenda - English