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13th Annual Global Development Conference


GDN hosted its 13th Annual Global Development Conference titled ‘Urbanization and Development: Delving Deeper into the Nexus.’  About 350 participants attended the conference from all over the world. The conference was a prime opportunity for the exchange of ideas on the above important topic with internationally renowned researchers, representatives of national and international organizations and sponsors of research.  See Planning for Justice: Susan Fainstein on Urban Planning and Policy. The conference also showcased the Global Development Awards Competition [read more]. 


The world is facing unprecedented levels of urbanization. With urban areas becoming the source of livelihoods for a majority of the population around the globe, a huge toll on resources is undertaken. Planning of urban areas, and their impact on the environment become extremely important issues of consideration. Development, in other words, becomes synonymous to Urbanization. The future of the world will surely be urban. The Budapest Conference focused on the overall important nexus between urbanization and development, showcasing local, interdisciplinary research to illuminate ways forward for future policymaking. Read: Globalization Privileges Particular Kinds of Economy – Saskia Sassen on Urbanization and Development and  Op-Ed on Budapest Conference by Gerardo della Paolera and George Mavrotas


The conference was held in Budapest, Hungary.


The international event was held in partnership with the Central European University (CEU). Read Q&A with Rector John Shattuck, Central European University.


The three day conference was held on 16-18 June, 2012.


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