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Mayors Seeking Technological Fixes for Development and Environmental Challenges to Meet at UN

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The Mayors and the Representatives of the world's populous cities would meet in UN headquarters in New York on 23rd and 24th April 2008 to discuss how the innovative technologies can meet the environmental challenges that come up with the constantly swelling urban areas. In 2008, for the first time in the history of mankind, half of the world's population is living in cities. Mayors and other Representatives would be discussing the pragmatic solutions that can improve living conditions and counter climate change while preventing inequity and exclusion. The conference “Sustainable Urbanisation in the Information Age” would also witness the discussion on the best practices and knowledge to bridge the digital divide in the area of sustainable urban design and planning, backed by innovative ICT models for sustainable urban planning.

The event, organised by Global Alliance for ICT and Development of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA-GAID), UN-HABITAT, the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter, and the Regional Plan Association with the City of New York, will witness representatives of Member States, local authorities, policy makers, developers, architects, engineers, planners, designers, members of the civil society, media, ICT experts and the private sector.

The objective of the meeting is to analyse and understand the different approaches of cities all over the world to cope up with the sustainable urban development. The meeting stands to create awareness on the role of ICT in the area of sustainable architecture and urban planning in a globalised world. The meeting also seek to increase the understanding and involvement in Millennium Declaration values with respect to the environment.

The conference aims to take full advantage of available information and communication technologies and encourage people to take part and contribute their opinions and ideas simultaneously. The conclusions and recommendations of the meeting will be published later as United Nations publication.

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