Asia’s future is urban. Cities are booming in Asia because they are hubs of economic and social opportunities for people and enterprises. Increasing urbanization, however, does not necessarily translate to increasing opportunities for the residents of cities.

ADB will launch Creating Livable Asian Cities, which explores how Asia’s fast-growing cities can fulfill their potential as seedbeds of innovations, prosperity, inclusiveness, and sustainability.

The book features 19 articles that unwrap the challenges hampering the cities to reach their redevelopment potentials and propose possible technological and institutional solutions focused on five priority themes. The book is aimed at helping cities to address multiple challenges and capitalize on opportunities by sharing knowledge solutions on innovations, technological and digital advancements, and the good practices in urban governance.

Specifically, the book highlights five key priorities to create livable Asian cities focused on:

  • smart and inclusive planning
  • sustainable energy
  • sustainable transport
  • innovative finance
  • resilience and rejuvenation

The publication calls for renewed attempts to respond to urban solutions with a different perspective amid the pandemic. Getting these essentials right in cities today is vital in order to adapt to the demands of tomorrow.

The book launch will be followed by a panel discussion on pressing and emerging issues related to livable cities in the region.


The event aims to:

  • formally launch the Creating Livable Asian Cities publication and generate interest among a wider external audience;
  • share the highlights of the publication, particularly its five priority themes: smart and inclusive planning, sustainable transport, sustainable energy, innovative financing, and resilience and rejuvenation; and
  • tackle pressing and emerging issues related to creating livable cities through a panel discussion with internal and external experts.

Target participants

Representatives from government agencies, think tanks, academe, development agencies, the private sector, and other interested members of the public

Resource speakers

Panel discussion:

  • Mr. Stefanos Fotiou, Director, UNESCAP
  • Ms. Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi, Secretary General, United Cities and Local Governments Asia-Pacific
  • Mr. Atsushi Koresawa, Regional Representative, Asia and the Pacific, UN Habitat
  • Ms. Maria Vassilakou, Former Vice Mayor, Vienna
  • Mr. Robert Guild, Chief Sector Officer, ADB

How to register

You may join the virtual book launch and panel discussion via Zoom:

Meeting ID: 91304950950

Passcode: Launch29


There is no registration fee.

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