Panel Discussion: "What does the future hold for cities, climate change and migration"

55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas. By 2050 this will rise to 70% - almost 2.5 billion people. Nearly one billion of these people live in informal settlements. Cities will also be key in responding to climate change and transformation to sustainable consumption and production. Cities consume close to 2/3 of the world’s energy and account for more than 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Almost half a billion urban residents live in coastal areas, increasing their vulnerability even more. So, how can we design and develop climate-resilient cities ? How can we provide for affordable housing and infrastructure, promote sustainable economic development and work towards a zero carbon future? And to add to all this, how can we factor migration into this urban management in the era of climate change? Join the lead researchers of the Oxford Martin School Programme on Informal Cities to discuss these challenges, particularly in times of re-emerging conflicts and the global pandemic and investigate what urgent action can academics, policy-makers and the global community take.

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PEAK, University of Oxford
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Oxford, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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