Building the Urban Future

On the occasion of the 2024 WEF Special Meeting in Riyadh

From 28-29 April 2024, the Special Meeting on Global Collaboration, Growth and Energy for Development will be held by the World Economic Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA – As a member of the WEF’s Global Commission of Nature Positive Cities and the Davos Baukultur Alliance, Impact One will join over 700 leaders from all sectors and industries, alongside world’s top academics, politicians, business, youth, and civil society activists.

Invited by the forum for his expertise in spatial and urban development, CEO of Impact One Mikolaj Sekutowicz, will participate in the panel discussion entitled ‘Building the Urban Future’ to address the complexities of rapid urbanization, together with Michael Mainelli, Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of London, M.U.M. Ali Sabry, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka and James Scriven, CEO of IDB Invest. The panel will be facilitated by Shireen Shelleh, Partner and Managing Director, Center for Engineering and Planning in Palestine.

It is estimated that a surface area equivalent to the city of São Paulo, Milan, or Stockholm will be built every week until 2050 and 70% of the world’s population residing in cities by then as well. The need for high-quality design and construction has never been more critical. 

Often rushed, urbanization is outpacing population growth, while small towns and rural areas struggle with shrinking populations. Those despite communities and nature being under great pressure, there remain opportunities. This includes the potential for innovative urban development strategies to create vibrant, sustainable, and inclusive cities that enhance the quality of life for all residents.

The session offers a multi-stakeholder approach to delve into the planning, delivery and management of living environments; to explore the role of high-quality built environments; and to identify measures of enhancing the effectiveness of high-quality design and construction.

The panel will take place on Monday, 29 April 2024 from 11:30-12:30 AST at the King Abdul Aziz International Conference Center.


25 April 2024
25 April 2024
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