Fast-growing countries like India face the combined challenges of facilitating economic growth, while controlling both the environmental and social impact of rapid development. The biggest clash between these two goals takes place in cities and it is here that the fight against climate change needs to be won. With hundreds of millions of people migrating to urban areas in the next few decades, the challenges are growing.
Bringing together some of the world's top scientists, business leaders, city policy-makers and influential thinkers, this unique event will discuss new approaches to sustainable urban development. We will ask whether sustainability is a useful concept for focusing on the needs of city-dwellers in fast-growing emerging markets. We will look at the role and the limits of technology in creating functioning and liveable cities. And we will examine best practice and new initiatives in everything from energy supply and mobility to providing health and education services to slum-dwellers.