Investing in the Future

Sustainable cities roundtable
in partnership with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty
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14 October 2014
15:00 - 18:00 Europe/Zurich

City mayors and urban design innovators in a discussion on the most promising investment initiatives and policy practice for building sustainable cities. This event was organized by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN-SDSN), led by Jeffrey Sachs, in collaboration with UNCTAD.

Elements for the debate

  • What role for private investment in addressing pressing challenges faced by mega cities, including to uplift the urban poor?
  • What governance structure, including for foreign investment, will create more inclusive cities?
  • How best can the private sector contribute to the maintenance and sustainable development of mega cities?


Deputy Secretary General, UNCTAD
Minister of Commerce and Industry of Oman
Metropolitan Chief Executive, City of Tamale, Ghana
Deputy Head, Durban Investment Promotion Authority, eThekwini Municipality, South Africa
CEO of Economy and Finance, Barcelona City Council
Global Head, Urban Development, Siemens
Vice President, CSR, Ericsson AB, Sweden
Director of Sustainable Use of Energy, Ministry of Energy, Mexico


Director, Sustainable Development Solutions Network, United States of America