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A discussion with Senior Leaders and Government Officials about how to support cities in becoming more socially, environmentally, and fiscally sustainable

General Information

With most of the global population and capital goods now concentrated in urban areas, cities are key to social development and economic prosperity. Urbanization, globalization, and climate change are interacting in a way that is unprecedented, and urban service delivery systems are becoming increasingly interlinked.

This session explores the challenges and innovative approaches across multiple dimensions of sustainability at the city level – economic, environmental, and social – and how they contribute to shared prosperity. The session will illustrate opportunities offered by cities in terms of access to jobs, services, overall economic gains, and overall positive impacts on the environment.

It will also explore the significant challenges and trade-offs that policy-makers face in ensuring that these gains are socially inclusive, resilient, and that they are achieved in an environmentally sustainable manner.

This event will be open to the media, and is being livestreamed from Lima – please see http://live.worldbank.org/what-makes-a-sustainable-city.


  • Milton von Hesse, Minister of Housing, Construction and Sanitation, Peru
  • Erion Veliaj, Mayor, Tirana, Albania
  • Sami Mekki, Director General, Caisse des Prêts et de Soutien des Collectivités Locales, Tunisia
  • Mcebisi Hubert Jonas, Deputy Minister of Finance, South Africa
  • Joan Clos, Executive Director, UN-Habitat 

Closing Remarks:

Laura Tuck, Vice President, Sustainable Development, World Bank Group


Danny Leipziger, Executive Director, Growth Dialogue and former Vice President,


World Bank Media in Lima

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