Land Management and Territorial Development in the Global South: Challenges in Urban Contexts

Monday, 16 March, 2015 - 14:00 to 15:30
University of Geneva (Uni Mail) - Room MS.040.


Smarter, Safer, Resilient and Sustainable Cities

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 discuss the topic.


World Alliance of Cities against Poverty

Adam Rogers

Assistant Director, Europe Regional Representation, United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC)


UrbaMonde, Geneva

Cyril Royez



IBM Switzerland (Smarter Cities Challenge)

Nuri Twebti

Higher Education and Research



Chair and Moderation: Professor Frédéric Giraut, Director of the Department of Geography and Environment, University of Geneva


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