International Conference "Sustainable Urban Development in Latin American Megacities: Santiago 2030" October 27-28, 2010 (Santiago de Chile) [05.10.2010]
The conference has two aims. First, to close a three year joint German-Chilean project on sustainable urban development in the Santiago Metropolitan Region, financed by the German Helmholtz Association. The project involved several scientific and political partners in Chile, including the government of the Metropolitan Regional and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). The second aim is to generate a debate on major current issues in Latin American megacity development in order to move towards a new urban (research) agenda in the region.
The first aim involves presenting and discussing essential project findings with scientists and policy-makers associated with the Santiago case. Given that the country has recently changed government and thus decision-making is determined to some extent by new persons, the intension is to feed project results in the discussion about the shaping of the new urban and regional development agenda.
The second aim opens up the debate to other Latin American megacities. Starting from the Santiago research case, the aim is to compare and contrast this experience with other Latin American metropolitan regions and to move towards a new metropolitan research agenda for the twenty-first century for these megacities in order to stimulate new collaborations. By bringing together experts in urban planning and development from other Latin American countries, the aim is to start a discussion about this research agenda.
With this concept, the conference appeals to topic-related scientific communities, decision makers in policy and planning, and related NGOs.