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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?