Abu Dhabi, UAE, March 20, 2011 – More than 800 delegates and participants attended Global City 2011, Abu Dhabi, making the fifth edition of the forum the most successful Global City to date. Thought-provoking discussion surrounding issues of urban sustainability spurred networking and collaboration at this important event, presented under the Patronage of HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, in conjunction with the Abu Dhabi Council for Economic Development, Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, Department of Transport, Municipality of Abu Dhabi City, Western Region Development Council and the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
H.H. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research, UAE, welcomed dignitaries, delegates, speakers and members of the press to Abu Dhabi and to the forum, setting the tone for one of the most progressive events on urban sustainability to date: “Abu Dhabi is focusing on developing education, improving healthcare and providing adequate housing to all residents,” he said. “Our city’s objective is to be an important global hub for commerce, culture and art.”
The focus for the 2011 edition of this prestigious event, hosted once more by the Abu Dhabi government, is City Identity & Values. more.
16:30 – 17:30
March 16th 2011
Closing Keynote: Running a city like a private sector business
Hon. Adrian M. Fenty Mayor, Washington, DC (2007-2011)
The Wall Street Journal called Washington, DC Mayor Adrian M. Fenty: "arguably the city's most successful mayor." In his four years of service as Mayor, Fenty ran the government like a private sector business by cutting costs, reducing the size of the city's workforce and eliminating overly bureaucratic agencies. His approach yielded results as city services improved. As the Wall Street Journal further noted: "His time in office saw homicides drop, public schools on the mend and economic development..."
Fenty will discuss how applying private sector approaches can improve service delivery for all constituents.
15:00 - 16:00
March 15th 2011
Maximising the benefits from international mega-events
Chair : Vicente González Loscertales, Secretary General, Bureau International des Expositions
There is a “before” and “after” for the cities that host World Expos, the Olympics, World Cups and other major international events. Mega events such as these have the potential to shape a city’s identity and values, as well as accelerate social, economic and urban development. What strategies can be employed to ensure the massive investment programs connected to international events can bring lasting benefits to the city and its inhabitants? Discover how host cities, regions and countries can advance their long term strategic vision by maximizing the benefits of international mega events. Hear the expectations and plans from future hosts and case studies from past hosts.