Asia-Pacific Weeks Berlin 2015 – Smart Cities

Asia-Pacific is the world’s largest economic region with the highest growth rates. Economic integration, the transfer of knowledge and cultural exchange will play key roles in the ongoing development of Asia and Europe.

Since 1997, the Asia-Pacific Weeks Berlin have been providing a forum for major topics in business and politics, science and research, and also culture and society.

The focus lies on Smart Cities and the challenges facing Berlin and the rapidly growing metropolises of Asia. The goal is to achieve sustainable economic and social urban development that offers solutions for population growth and environmental pressures. Innovative concepts are needed not only for digital infrastructure, mobility, energy and water supply, but also for education, creative freedom and political participation.

Our global future will be marked by an ever greater degree of urbanization. By the year 2030, it is estimated that up to 80% of people in industrialized countries and an average of 50% in developing countries will be living in cities.

Worldwide consumption of energy and resources is becoming increasingly concentrated in urban areas. Cities will therefore be assuming a key role in addressing the major challenges of the 21st century: water and energy supply, transport and mobility, sustainable urban development, and climate protection.

But large cities also offer opportunities: They enable higher levels of efficiency and provide favorable overall conditions for economic growth and productivity. Intelligent urban policies can improve the quality of life and employment for residents.

The challenges in store for cities demand creative solutions – together with business, government administration and politics.

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