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Cities in the World: A New Perspective on Urbanisation

Cities are not only home to around half of the global population but also major centers of economic activity and innovation. Yet, substantial differences in the way cities, metropolitan, urban, and rural areas are defined across countries hinder robust international comparisons and an accurate monitoring of SDGs. The recent OECD-European Commission report Cities in the World: A New Perspective on Urbanisation addresses this void and provides new insights on urbanisation by applying two new definitions of human settlements to the entire globe: the Degree of Urbanisation and the Functional Urban Area.

What are current urbanisation trends globally and across Asia? How the shape of cities is changing and how this impact sustainability? What can policy makers do to address urban-rural divides? Come and join us on the 27 of November for a discussion with speakers from the OECD, ERIA as well as ASEAN organisations and the European Commission.

Opening remarks:

  • Giulia Ajmone Marsan, Director, Strategy and Partnership, ERIA

Presentation of OECD report:

  • Paolo Veneri, Head of Unit, OECD

Panel discussion:

  • Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi, Secretary General, UCLG Asia Pacific
  • Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Senior Energy Economist, ERIA
  • Lewis Dijkstra, Head of the Economic Analysis Sector, DG REGIO, European Commission
  • Benazir Syahril, Project Officer for ASEAN Connectivity, ASEAN Secretariat

Closing remarks:

  • Rudiger Ahrend – Head of Division, OECD

Date and Time:

27 November 2020, 3.30 PM to 5 PM Jakarta Time (UTC+7)


Online (link to meeting room to be provided after registration)



Starting Date

27 November 2020

End Date

27 November 2020




Virtual Room

Contact Info

Ms Lina Maulidina

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