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Asia: Urban Spaces, the Local Environment and Global Sustainability

In this event, co-sponsored with the USAID Alumni Association, a panel of experts will examine the relationship between industrial and urban environmental threats in Asia as well as their impact on local and global interests. Discussion will explore different constituencies, perspectives and narratives in the environmental dialogue.

Date & Time

Monday
Jul. 29, 2013
1:00pm – 3:30pm ET

Location

5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Asia: Urban Spaces, the Local Environment and Global Sustainability

This event is co-sponsored with the USAID Alumni Association

Urbanization and industrialization are significant trends closely associated with one another and, consequently, with the larger development enterprise. Intrinsic to these trends are risks to both the environment and sustainability--more concretely, to human health and long-term ecological balance.

Rapid urbanization, industrial growth and environmental stress are converging forcefully in Asia.  Yet the response to this challenge has been fractured.  Indeed, two apparently opposing viewpoints are emerging as public policy and action, one from the region focused on near-term, local interests and impacts, another emerging internationally focused on longer-term, global concerns and consequences.

A panel of experts will examine the relationship between industrial and urban environmental threats as well as their impact on local and global interests. Discussion will explore different constituencies, perspectives and narratives in the environmental dialogue.  What can be done?  What should we target? Are these agendas best addressed separately, or together?  What has been successful and what has failed? And what appears to be the most promising ideas and approaches for ensuring environmental progress locally, while at the same time working toward sustainability at a global scale?

Please rsvp to cusp@wilsoncenter.org; acceptances only, indicating "July 29" in the subject line

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Urban Sustainability Laboratory

Since 1991, the Urban Sustainability Laboratory has advanced solutions to urban challenges—such as poverty, exclusion, insecurity, and environmental degradation—by promoting evidence-based research to support sustainable, equitable and peaceful cities.  Read more

Asia Program

The Asia Program promotes policy debate and intellectual discussions on U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific as well as political, economic, security, and social issues relating to the world’s most populous and economically dynamic region.   Read more

China Environment Forum

Since 1997, the China Environment Forum's mission has been to forge U.S.-China cooperation on energy, environment, and sustainable development challenges. We play a unique nonpartisan role in creating multi-stakeholder dialogues around these issues.  Read more

Global Risk and Resilience Program

The Global Risk and Resilience Program (GRRP) seeks to support the development of inclusive, resilient networks in local communities facing global change. By providing a platform for sharing lessons, mapping knowledge, and linking people and ideas, GRRP and its affiliated programs empower policymakers, practitioners, and community members to participate in the global dialogue on sustainability and resilience. Empowered communities are better able to develop flexible, diverse, and equitable networks of resilience that can improve their health, preserve their natural resources, and build peace between people in a changing world.  Read more

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