“Wise Cities” in the Mediterranean? Challenges of Environmental Sustainability

Cities are home to over half the world’s population, consume a majority of its resources and cause a large share of its waste. Cities are a challenge for global sustainability.

ACTIVITAT REALITZADA
8 març 2018 - 17:00h
LOCALITZACIÓ: Sciences Po, 27 rue Saint Guillaume, 75007, Salle Goguel
ORGANITZAT PER: Kuwait Chair at Sciences Po’s Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA), in collaboration with CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs) and funded by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS).

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Cities are home to over half the world’s population, consume a majority of its resources and cause a large share of its waste. Cities are a challenge for global sustainability. They are also crucial for its solution. Their settlement density and networks of creativity provide the space and the ideas for improved resource management. Above all they epitomize the needs and aspirations of their citizens. They are spaces of longing and belonging with promises of social equitability, individual freedom and political participation. 

Together with over a dozen think tanks from around the world CIDOB launched the Wise Cities research and action platform in 2016. It builds on existing concepts of city planning and management such as “sustainable city”, “green city”, “eco-city”, “ubiquitous city” and more recently “smart city”, but adds non-technocratic angles that are inspired by citizenship, such as socio-economic development, political participation and cultural diversity. 

Cities on the southern and northern shores of the Mediterranean belong to the oldest in the world and can draw on a rich tradition of architecture, urban development and municipal administration. With all their differences, these cities share common pressing challenges such as environmental degradation, climate change, mass urbanization, migration, growing inequality and the fourth industrial revolution, just to name a few. 

Against this backdrop the Kuwait Chair at Sciences Po holds a conference on 8-9 March 208 in Paris in collaboration with CIDOB on “Wise Cities” in the Mediterranean? The Challenge of Environmental and Social Sustainability.  

The policy-oriented conference will gather city planners, policy makers, academics and representatives of NGOs and international organizations. It seeks to discuss alternative pathways of urbanization, engage citizens and develop ideas for the localization process of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

 >> If you are interested in attending the seminar, contact Eckart Woert: ewoertz@cidob.org

 

Arxius

Participants

SPEAKERS

Max Ajl

Max Ajl

Cornell University

Farah Al-Nakib

Farah Al-Nakib

American University of Kuwait

Sharifah Alshafan

Sharifah Alshafan

LSE, London and Supreme Council for Planning and Development, Kuwait

Julia Bello-Schünemann

Julia Bello-Schünemann

Institute for Security Studies, Pretoria

Khaled Ben Abdesslem

Khaled Ben Abdesslem

MedCities, Tunis

Josep Coll

Josep Coll

Consultant and CIDOB Senior Associate, Barcelona

Joel L. Cuello

Joel L. Cuello

University of Arizona

Daniele Fattibene

Daniele Fattibene

IAI, Rome

Luis Gomez

Luis Gomez

Commissioner for Economic Promotion, Enterprise and Innovation, City of Barcelona

Waleed Hazbun

Waleed Hazbun

American University of Beirut

Borja M. Iglesias

Borja M. Iglesias

University of Lleida, Network for Strengthening the Informal City (NSIC), Consultant to the United Cities Local Governments (UCLG), Barcelona

Jean-Charles Lardic

Jean-Charles Lardic

Deputy Head of General Management of Services and Director of Prospective in the City of Marseille, Member of United Cities Local Governments (UCLG)

Patrick Le Galès

Patrick Le Galès

Sciences Po

Enrico Letta

Enrico Letta

Dean, Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) at Sciences Po and former Prime Minister of Italy

Dominique Lorrain

Dominique Lorrain

Director of Research, French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Ibraham Kareem

Ibraham Kareem

Takween Integrated Community Development, Cairo

Marie Karner

Marie Karner

Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz

Elena Maestri

Elena Maestri

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC), Milano

Pascal Menoret

Pascal Menoret

Brandeis University

Farida Naceur

Farida Naceur

University of Batna, Algeria and Laboratoire RIVES, Lyon and Belmessous Fatiha, CNRS, Lyon

Olgu Okumus

Olgu Okumus

Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), Barcelona

Miquel Rodríguez Planas

Miquel Rodríguez Planas

IESE Business School, Barcelona

James Russell

James Russell

Naval Postgraduate School, Monterrey, USA

Wolfgang Schuster

Wolfgang Schuster

Chairman Telekom Foundation, Honorary President of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) and former Mayor of Stuttgart

Azza Sirry

Azza Sirry

Housing and Building National Research Center (HBRC), Cairo and Metropolis Associate

Tony Sfeir

Tony Sfeir

CRO Byblos – 100 Resilient Cities

Eric Verdeil

Eric Verdeil

Sciences Po

Eckart Woertz

Eckart Woertz

Scientific Advisor to the Kuwait Chair, Sciences Po, PSIA and Senior Research Fellow, CIDOB

“Wise Cities” in the Mediterranean? Challenges of Environmental Sustainability ACTIVITAT REALITZADA

17:00h Thursday, March 8 - Amphitheater Jacques Chapsal

Welcome Remarks. Enrico Letta, Dean, Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) at Sciences Po and former Prime Minister of Italy

Key Note: Cities, Education and Integration. Wolfgang Schuster, Chairman Telekom Foundation, Honorary President of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) and former Mayor of Stuttgart

Mega Cities in the Mediterranean. Dominique Lorrain, Director of Research, French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Tunis: A City in Political and Socio-economic Transition. Khaled Ben Abdesslem, MedCities, Tunis

Q&A.  Moderator: Eckart Woertz, Scientific Advisor to the Kuwait Chair, Sciences Po, PSIA and CIDOB

08:30h Friday, March 9: Registration (Salle Goguel)

09:00h Session 1

Conceptual Discussion: “Wise Cities”, Enabling Participation, Managing Discontent
Moderator: Eckart Woertz, Scientific Advisor to the Kuwait Chair, Sciences Po, PSIA and CIDOB

Wise Cities in the Mediterranean: Conceptual framework and issuesJosep Coll, Consultant and CIDOB Senior Associate, Barcelona

Alexandria and other Egyptian coastal cities: Development challenges of “second cities”Azza Sirry, Housing and Building National Research Center (HBRC), Cairo and Metropolis Associate

Locating the next Wise Cities in Urban Systems: The multilevel challenges of MENA’s emerging urban regions. Borja M. Iglesias, University of Lleida, Network for Strengthening the Informal City (NSIC), Consultant to the United Cities Local Governments (UCLG), Barcelona 

NGOs and neighborhood initiatives: The case of Cairo. Ibraham Kareem, Takween Integrated Community Development, Cairo

10:15h Session 2

Environmental Sustainability of Cities in the Mediterranean

Moderator:  Patrick Le Galès, Sciences Po

Environment and Urban Security Risks. James Russell, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterrey, USA

Energy Transitions and Urban Governance. Eric Verdeil, Sciences Po

100 Resilient Cities Strategy: The case of Byblos, Lebanon. Tony Sfeir, CRO Byblos – 100 Resilient Cities

How can regional cooperation in the Mediterranean support cities’ efforts in energy transition?. Olgu Okumus, Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), Barcelona

Q&A (30 minutes)

11:30h Coffee Break

12:00h Session 3

Social Sustainability of Cities in the Mediterranean
Moderator: Josep Coll, Consultant and CIDOB Senior Associate, Barcelona

Preservation of Urban Cultures and Traditions: The history of urbanization in the Mediterranean.  Marie Karner, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz

Runaway Urbanization in Tunis: Rethinking the Territorial Box of the Metropolis.  Max Ajl, Cornell University

Mediterranean Cities and Vertical Farming: Fostering Sustainable Local Food Production and Building Neighborhood Esprit de Corps. Joel L. Cuello, University of Arizona

Informal Settlements’ Dwellers in Algeria: How local initiatives and practices contribute to improve living conditions. Farida Naceur, University of Batna, Algeria and Laboratoire RIVES, Lyon and Belmessous Fatiha, CNRS, Lyon

Q&A (30 minutes)

13:15h Lunch

14:30h Session 4

Economic Dynamics and Cities in the Mediterranean
Moderator: Eric Verdeil, Sciences Po 

Building a prospective Mediterranean vision of local development through new economic and governance models, keeping man before technology.  Jean-Charles Lardic, Deputy Head of General Management of Services and Director of Prospective in the City of Marseille, Member of United Cities Local Governments (UCLG)

Tourism: Opportunities and Pitfalls. Waleed Hazbun, American University of Beirut

Public Private Partnerships in an urban context: Case study of the New Cairo Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Miquel Rodríguez Planas, IESE Business School, Barcelona 

A smarter Rome: critical assessment of the new Food Waste Management Plan.  Daniele Fattibene, IAI, Rome 

Q&A (30 minutes)

15:45h Coffee Break

16:15h Session 5

Beyond the Mediterranean – Views from Neighboring Regions: The Gulf and Sub-Saharan Africa
Moderator: Farah Al-Nakib, American University of Kuwait 

Why have Saudi cities sprawled in the last fifty years, and what does this mean for politics and religion?Pascal Menoret, Brandeis University 

The Aftermath of a Master Plan: An exploration into the forces shaping the Kuwaiti City.  Sharifah Alshafan, LSE, London and Supreme Council for Planning and Development, Kuwait

Jeddah: A “Wise Old City” Facing the Challenges of Sustainability?. Elena Maestri, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC), Milano 

Urbanization in Sub-Saharan Africa. Julia Bello-Schünemann, Lagos / Institute for Security Studies, Pretoria 

Q&A (30 minutes)

17:45h Concluding remarks

Luis Gomez, Commissioner for Economic Promotion, Enterprise and Innovation, City of Barcelona