Cities in Asia contribute to economic, social and technological transformation by providing opportunities for economies of scale, products, income, services and social experimentation. They play a vital role in productivity gains through innovation, trade, globalization of capital and the growth of service industries. However, urbanization in Asia has led to an increasing incidence of urban poverty and inequity, deteriorating quality of the urban environment and deficiencies in access to basic urban services, including water supply and sanitation, urban shelter, waste management, energy, transport and health. This session will focus on emerging trends in urbanization in Asia; the role of cities in national development; what and why of urban governance; and urban challenges and innovations in Asia.
Dr. Shabbir Cheema
Director, Asia-Pacific Governance and Democracy Initiative
Senior Fellow, East-West Center
Dr. Shabbir Cheema is a re-known scholar of governance and urban management, a former Director of the Governance Division of United Nations Development
Programme, and an alumnus of East-West Center. He has taught at the University of Science, Malaysia, University of Hawaiʻi and New York University. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard University's Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation. He earned his Ph.D. degrees from the University of Hawaiʻi. Dr. Cheema is a Member of the UN-ESCAP Committee of Experts on HABITAT III and the Pacific Basin Research Center, and the Advisory Board of Environment and Urbanization.