Integrated Urban Development: How Innovative Policy is Transforming German Cities
Luncheon conversation on German integrated urban policy innovation with Dr. Oliver Weigel, director of urban policy at the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), as part of his visit to Washington, D.C.
Urban development is currently facing many challenges in Germany: globalization, climate change, demographic change, and threats to social cohesion following the migration crisis. The Leipzig Charter on Sustainable European Cities lays the foundation for new integrated urban policy in Europe, focusing on helping cities tackle problems of social exclusion, structural change, ageing, climate change and mobility. In response to the Leipzig Charter, Dr. Weigel has worked to support and develop integrated urban development policy throughout Germany in order to address in a cross-sector fashion the social, economic and ecological challenges of cities and regions. This discussion will focus Germany’s integrated urban development policy, how innovative and integrated policies are helping to ensure the resiliency of Germany cities, and how the ongoing refugee crisis is impacting German cities.