The future of cities 2011 - centres of innovation for urban solutions
What policymaking powers do cities need?
As the bulk of the world's population will be in fast-growing large urban areas by 2050, do the powers that cities have need to be re-thought?
Questions of leadership, citizen participation, and where powers should lie will be discussed by leaders from major cities, governments, and businesses, focusing on crucial themes:
- Do cities have the powers they need to meet the challenges they face?
- Do national government policies – on the economy, energy, transport and migration – align well with cities’ needs? If not, should decision- making be redistributed?
- What fiscal and financial powers should cities have?
- Can cities drive green growth?