Urban World 2030

In order to shape an emerging global dialogue on urbanization, in 2012 the Atlantic Council launched a project focused on deepening engagement between the world's foreign and security policymakers and urban specialists. Titled Urban World 2030, this project brings together influential thought leaders, foreign and security policymakers, industry leaders, media representatives, urbanists, development experts, environmentalists, and scientists and technologists. The Council has built a working group composed of over 150 people representing all of these sectors. This group hosts workshops and events featuring senior officials from the US and foreign governments, the World Bank and regional development banks, the OECD, research and scientific institutions, major non-profit organizations, and advanced technology companies.
  • Foreign Policy for an Urban World: Global Governance and the Rise of Cities

    In the latest FutureScape issue brief from the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security's Strategic Foresight Initiative, author Peter Engelke discusses the long-term economic, environmental, and policy implications of urbanization. Entitled "Foreign Policy for an Urban World: Global Governance and the Rise of Cities," the brief examines how urbanization is hastening the global diffusion of power and how cities themselves are increasingly important nodes of power in global politics.

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  • The US and the World Gather in Medellin

    This week, Medellin, Colombia is hosting the World Urban Forum, the 7th iteration of the United Nation's biannual conference series dedicated to the world's cities. Some 25,000 people from everywhere on Earth are gathering at "WUF7" to discuss the governance challenges, and the unlimited opportunities, that are found in the world's cities. The scale and color of this event demonstrates the power of the city to draw the interest of a vast range of people and organizations. National and local governments, intergovernmental organizations such as the UN and World Bank, NGOs, technology companies, and civil society organizations are all here to discuss, debate, show off accomplishments, and network.
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  • Crafting Public Diplomacy for an Urbanized World

    On March 20, the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, in partnership with the US Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, hosted a roundtable focusing on the future of public diplomacy in the context of global trends. Titled Crafting Public Diplomacy for an Urbanized World, the roundtable examined how the US government, through public diplomacy, can address the issues that are arising from global urbanization. Representatives from the US Departments of State and Defense, the US Agency for International Development, other US government agencies, as well as experts from academia and the private and non-profit sectors participated.
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  • The Security of Cities: Ecology and Conflict on an Urbanizing Planet

    A new report issued jointly by the Atlantic Council and the Stimson Center, The Security of Cities: Ecology and Conflict on an Urbanizing Planet, argues that the environmental security field has yet to incorporate global urbanization, the twenty-first century’s central demographic trend, fully into its purview.
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  • Capitalizing on the Urban Future

    On October 31, 2013, the Strategic Foresight Initiative (SFI) of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security hosted the launch event for USAID’s Policy for an Urbanizing World.
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  • Technology and Governance in the World's Cities

    On Thursday, May 16, the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight initiative (SFI) of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security hosted a roundtable discussion with Dr. Mathew Burrows, counselor for the US National Intelligence Council and Dr. Parag Khanna, senior fellow at the New America Foundation and adjunct professor of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.
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  • Roundtable on Urbanization and the Global Future

    On Thursday, April 25 the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight initiative (SFI), of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, hosted a roundtable discussion with Dr. Tim Campbell, chairman of the board at the Urban Age Institute, Mr. William Cobbett, manager of Cities Alliance, Ms. Reta Jo Lewis, special representative for global intergovernmental affairs, US Department of State, and Dr. Jaana Remes, principal at McKinsey Global Institute, to discuss cities and the global governance challenge presented by urbanization.
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  • Sustainable Transport for Global Development and Climate Protection

    On Tuesday, April 9, the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight initiative (SFI), of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, hosted a roundtable discussion with Dr. Otaviano Canuto, vice president and head of the poverty reduction and economic management network, World Bank, Mr. Holger Dalkmann, director of EMBARQ, the World Resource Institute for sustainable transport, Mr. Rafael Acevedo Daunas, transport lead specialist, transport division, Inter-American Development Bank, Mr. Cornie Huizenga, joint convener, Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport, Mr. Marc H. Juhel, sector manager, transport division, energy, transport, and water department, sustainable development, World Bank, and Ms. Polly Trottenberg, US under secretary of transportation for policy.
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  • Foreign Policy Implications of Urban World 2030

    On Friday, March 29, 2013 the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight initiative (SFI), of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, hosted a roundtable discussion with Dr. Monica Brezzi head of the territorial analysis and statistics unit, regional development policy division, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Dr. Robert D. Hormats, US under secretary of state for growth, energy and the environment, and Dr. William Tompson,head of the urban development program, regional development policy division, directorate for public governance and territorial development, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
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  • Feeding Urban World 2030: Rethinking the Food Security Equation

    On Thursday, February 14, 2013 the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight initiative (SFI), of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, hosted a roundtable discussion with Dr. Robert D. Hormats, US undersecretary of state for growth, energy and the environment; Mr. Henk Ovink, Dutch director general for spatial planning and water affairs; Mr. Andras Forgacs, co-founder and CEO of Modern Meadow; and Mr. Manish Bapna, executive vice president and managing director of the World Resources Institute.
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