Asian Development Bank and University of Diponegoro

Developing Asia is home to 17 of the 33 megacities with more than 10 million residents. More than half of the region’s 4 billion population lived in urban areas in 2019 and a billion more are expected to migrate to cities in the next 30 years. By 2050, the region’s urbanization rate could reach 64%. Improving quality of life, and social and economic opportunities in these Asia’s fastgrowing cities are instrumental in fulfilling their potential as engines of economic prosperity and hubs for sustainability.

Creating Livable Asian Cities, published by the Asian Development Bank in April 2021, examines the region’s urbanization challenges. It presents solutions across five priority areas, namely: smart and inclusive urban planning; sustainable transport that provides equitable access to services and opportunities; sustainable energy sources that are less polluting; innovative finance to bridge resource gaps; and greater climate and disaster resilience.
The publication is available for download at

The international webinar will allow participants to discuss major challenges faced by Asian cities such as poor planning, a lack of affordable housing, inequalities, pollution, climate vulnerabilities, and urban infrastructure deficits. Participants will also deliberate on some proposed solutions to tackle these challenges, with focus on smart and inclusive planning, sustainable transport and energy, innovative financing, and resilience and rejuvenation.

– Date: Wednesday, 9 June 2021, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon (GMT +7)
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– Language of event: English