Tokyo, Seoul or Singapore illustrate how inclusive urban development, despite high cost of living, can make a city livable.
Renard is a multi-disciplinary specialist in urban development, integrated infrastructure planning, and metropolitan governance. After his experience in a city planning firm and municipal governments in Germany, he has worked across a range of countries in Asia and Africa. Renard contributed to ADB's GrEEEn Cities Initiative, GIZ's Urban Nexus, and UN-Habitat's Cities and Climate Change Initiative. His more recent projects with the ADB Urban Sector Group and the C40 Cities Finance Facility have been on smart urban data and green finance.
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It’s time to improve this traditional format, which for better or worse still persists throughout most international development organizations.
Relative improvements on basic indicators of decent urban living conditions have been eaten up by the absolute population growth in Asian cities.
We must be fully aware that extreme weather events will become more frequent and severe to prepare better for their impacts.
My 2 takeaways from the World Urban Forum are that there’s enough money to fund projects, and we need to implement global agendas.