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Sustainable Megacities: Health, Risks, Resources (May 6)

Sustainable Megacities

Sustainable Megacities, © DWIH NY

29.04.2021 - Article

As urbanization is speeding up, resources are depleting: Hear new visions from experts of the Universities of Cologne, Freiburg and Heidelberg for the world’s growing “megacities.”

According to a 2018 report by the United Nations, the world is projected to have 43 megacities with more than 10 million inhabitants by 2030[1]. They are centers of growth and magnets for migrants as they provide better infrastructure, supplies and access to education and healthcare.

On one hand, the management of disease, risk, and economic development poses challenges. As we see in the megacities of Asia, urbanization fundamentally changes societies and landscapes, but its impact is only partly understood. On the other hand, due to their density and creative potential, megacities might hold our answers to climate adaptation. With the circular economy in the spotlight of political and business agendas, cities are starting to discuss and plan new strategies that could help them achieve sustainable resource use.

Please join our partners the North American liaison offices of the universities of Cologne, Freiburg and Heidelberg together with the German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New York for the finale of the series “Sustainable Megacities: Health, Risks, Resources” on May 6, 2021 at 12:00 EDT. In this one-hour talk show, the experts will discuss incorporating circular strategies for resource use and their role in achieving healthier, more sustainable cities.

What kind of strategies are possible? Can they actually contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals? How can cities prioritize different strategies to achieve healthier living conditions for urban populations? Learn with Prof. Dr. Frauke Kraas and Dr. Carsten Butsch from the University of Cologne, and Dr. Anna Petit-Boix from the University of Freiburg. Moderated by Amanda Daquila, Executive Director of Heidelberg University Association.

Thursday May 6th, 2021 at 12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT
To register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sustainable-megacities-health-risks-resources-registration-151690629757

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