Eschborn Dialogue 2012
More than half the world’s population live in cities – and this is set to rise. Cities account for more than 80 per cent of global economic output and 75 per cent of CO2 emissions. They are leading the way in global transformation. And what happens here will ultimately determine whether or not we succeed in achieving greater sustainability in industry and society at large. But cities are more than just a place where events are played out. They are driving change at national and even international levels – for instance as part of city alliances to address climate change.
How can cities be part of the solution to global problems? This question was at the centre of the Eschborn Dialogue hosted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on 5 and 6 June 2012. More than 400 professionals from politics, the private sector, academia and civil society came together with development experts to discuss the topic ‘Driving transformation – the city as a global player’.
How can we protect our climate and conserve resources in spite of increasing urbanisation? How can fast-growing cities make sure their inhabitants live under acceptable conditions and are able to participate politically? Economic, political, social and ecological changes all intertwine as cities transform. How can actors in international cooperation support such a multifaceted process? And how can we better integrate solutions, drive transformation and achieve greater sustainability? These issues were discussed at the Eschborn Dialogue.
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Eschborn Dialogue goes green
GIZ is keen to make Eschborn Dialogue a green event, which is why most of the food and beverages served are regionally sourced and organically produced. We also ensure the efficient use of energy and water in the conference rooms. We offset the carbon emissions generated by participants’ travel to and from the event.
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