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Smarter, Safer, Resilient and Sustainable Cities

Monday, 16 March 2015

14:00 - 15:30

Uni-Mail, University of Geneva

Room MS.040


UrbaMonde is pleased to invite you to the up-coming round-table debate organized by the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS):

Smarter, Safer, Resilient and Sustainable Cities
Land Management and Territorial Development in the Global South: Challenges in Urban Contexts

Cities are home to more than half of the world’s population. Urbanization rates in the global South continue to rise as rural in-migration reaches new heights. Cities are facing unprecedented demographic, environmental, economic, social and spatial challenges. In the absence of effective urban planning, the consequences of this rapid urbanization impact billions of people. 

What are the current policies and approaches towards urbanization? What are the challenges in terms of housing, access to water and sanitation, safety and pollution? How can effective urban planning contribute to mitigate negative effects of rapid urban growth?

Speakers of international governmental, non-governmental and private sector organizations will address the topic:

- World Alliance of Cities against Poverty
Adam Rogers, Assistant Director, United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC)

- UrbaMonde
Cyril Royez, Coordinator

- IBM Switzerland (Smarter Cities Challenge)
Nuri Twebti, Higher Education and Research

Chair and moderation: 
Prof. Frédéric Giraut, Director of the Department of Geography and Environment, University of Geneva

Participation is free
Prior registration is requested by e-mail to: