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Science and business can make many things possible. In today's fast-moving world, however, we need dialogue more than ever before – between executives and researchers, and among policy-makers and ordinary citizens. The aim of Future Dialogue is to create a forum for this conversation. The platform brings together scientists, business leaders, city policy-makers to discuss new approaches to sustainable urban development.
The first Future Dialogue in Berlin in 2009 took a look at how the world is tackling the big challenges of our time: climate change, healthcare and urbanization. In the second Future Dialogue in Beijing in 2010, the focus was on new approaches to the energy issues confronting us – today, tomorrow and in the future.
Moving ahead Future Dialogue 2011 focused on "Sustainable cities: Mastering the challenges and opportunities of rapid urbanization". The conference, co-hosted by Max Planck Society and Siemens in partnership with Economist Conferences, UN-HABITAT/World Urban Campaign and the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, sought to find solutions to help Indian cities overcome challenges of rapid urbanization. Future Dialogue is furthermore a key event of the programme series “Germany and India: Infinite opportunities”
A few key facts:
Indian Cities are facing big challenges for the environment, economy and quality of life. The following facts (source: McKinsey Global Institute's report India's urban awakening: Building inclusive cities, sustaining economic growth) highlight the need for sustainable technology and infrastructure solutions to overcome the challenges.
Filling the demand gap for energy-efficient and sustainable infrastructure