[T]he 6th Urban Research and Knowledge Symposium (URKS6) on Rethinking Cities: Framing the Future (Barcelona, October 8-10, 2012) was organized by the World Bank in partnership with the City of Barcelona and other key partners, at the Palau de Congressos de Barcelona.
The meeting gathered policy makers and experts in economics, social equity, environmental sustainability, and ran with a format based on large twice daily interactive plenaries sandwiched amongst numerous thematic sessions across the various disciplines. This forum provided an opportunity for an exchange of thoughts on ways in which the city might, based on the principles of agglomeration, grow GDP and global trade, with counterbalance being provided by experts on the need to contemplate issues of environmental sustainability, provision of services, social inclusiveness, sharing of wealth and overall social well-being. The STAP was able to participate in key exchanges that feed into its work on urbanisation, tradeoffs, and multi focal area/integrated approaches to environmental management.
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Prepared By: Christine Wellington-Moore
Barcelona | 8-10 October 2012