Municipal Commissioner of Mumbai, Dr J M Phatak, will be among the high-profile set of mayors and leaders who will gather in Abu Dhabi next month to participate in a conference to determine the blueprint for successful urban living over the next 10 to 100 years.
City managers and planners from cities such as Seoul, Lyon, Paris, Beijing, Jeddah, Riyadh and San Francisco will take part in the Mayors Panel of Global City 2009, the two-day international forum to be held in the UAE capital from April 7–8.
The Global City 2009 conference, currently in its fourth edition, is taking place in the Middle East for the first time.
Besides Pathak, the conference will also feature Lyon Mayor Gérard Collomb, Secretary General of Eurocities, Belgium Paul Bevan, Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon and Patrick Devedjian, the minister responsible for economic stimulus plan, France and President of the World Business Districts Network for Sustainable Development, among others.
"In recent years many cities around the world have experienced unprecedented growth and revival in infrastructure, tourism, industry, service or residential projects. However, this wave of development is not always in keeping with the core nature of our cities and could lead to long-term concerns such as sprawl and congestion," Phatak said.