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The 6th Urban Research and Knowledge Symposium on Rethinking Cities

[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

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IWC7 Roundtable: The Political Economy of Regionalism and International Waters

The Roundtable will connect the debate about the role of GEF and its projects within a regional political economy. The political economy of regions determines the behavior of individuals, markets and the public authority and is of importance for all GEF operations. The findings of the June 2013 GEF/STAP workshop held in Washington DC, hosted by the Organization of American States: ‘The Political Economy of Regionalism and International Waters’ will be presented and discussed. That workshop considered a draft Issues/Research Paper and representatives of regional organizations agreed that GEF should consider regional processes more systematically regarding project design baseline assessment, regional capacity building and principles for strengthening dialogue at regional level.

Goals and Program

Key Messages

Presentations

Jakob Granit - The Political Economy of Regionalism: The Relevance for Transboundary Waters and the Global Environment Facility

Robin Mahon - Facilitating Regional Governance Arrangements in the Wider Caribbean Region

Anya Thomas - A Single Space for Transactions in the Caribbean

Max Campos - OAS: Perspectives from a Multipurpose Regional Organization on the Environment and Overarching Goals Related to Peace Justice and Security

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