Conference: The Transformative Power of Cities

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Date: 29 June 2017, 1-7 p.m., reception 7 p.m.

 

Location: silent green Kulturquartier, Gerichtstraße 35, 13347 Berlin, Germany

 

It will be decided in cities whether the transformation towards sustainability succeeds worldwide or not. Together with the issue of climate change, the transformation of cities towards sustainability should be right at the top of the agendas at the United Nations, the G7, the G20, the development banks, in bilateral cooperation as well as in national, regional and local politics. If this does not happen, it will be impossible to meet the global sustainability goals. Starting from a global perspective on urbanization the WBGU conference will discuss specific issues from a multi-sector (systemic) and transdisciplinary approach. A specific focus will be given to the issues of real estate markets in urban development and the rise of the digitalization of cities.

 

Due to a limited number of participants an early registration is recommended.

 

Registration closed.

 

 

P r o g r a m m e 

 

12.00-13.00

Registration

 

13.00-14.00

Welcome note

Sabine Schlacke, Chair, WBGU, Institute for Environmental Law and Planning Law at the University of Münster

 

Keynote: Global Urbanisation and the Transformation towards Sustainability

Dirk Messner, Chair, WBGU, German Development Institute - DIE

 

Keynote: Germany’s Responsibility for Sustainable Global Urbanisation

Barbara Hendricks, Federal Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Federal Republic of Germany

 

 

14.00-15.45

Thematic session 1: Do Real Estate Markets Lead to Unjust Cities?

 

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University

Stephan Bone-Winkel, Beos AG, IREBS International Real Estate Business School, University of Regensburg

Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur for Housing and Human Rights - video message

Joseph Schechla, HIC-Housing and Land Rights Network

 

Moderator: Karen Pittel, WBGU, Ifo Center for Energy, Climate and Exhaustible Resources

 

 

Coffee break

 

16.30-17.00

Keynote

Cities as complex, self-organizing Systems

Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, WBGU, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

 

 

17.00-18.30

Thematic session 2: Digital Cities - Potential or Risk for Sustainable Development?

 

Carlo Ratti, Carlo Ratti Associati, SENSEable City Lab, MIT

Shivani Chaudhry, Habitat International Coalition - South Asia Program

Andreas Knie, WZB Berlin Social Science Center

 

Moderator: Ina Schieferdecker, WBGU, Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS

 

 

Conclusions

Sabine Schlacke, Chair, WBGU

 

19.00-21.00

Reception

 

 

 

Please direct your queries to

 

German Advisory Council on Global Change / Wissenschaftlicher Beirat der Bundesregierung Globale Umweltveränderungen (WBGU), Secretariat

Email: wbgu@wbgu.de

Internet: www.wbgu.de