Structure

After a brief introduction, the conference moves into three discussion sessions and three keynote speeches on Urbanisation in National Development, Inclusive Urbanisation, and Institutions and Urban Transformation. Each discussion session brings together a panel of high level policymakers, civil servants, private sector and civil society leaders who will share their reflections on the possible paths forward for shaping India's urban transition in the coming years. Each session will be anchored by a short brief on relevant evidence that distils the findings of a variety of analytical papers and ongoing research studies, and more detailed notes on evidence, methodology, and context will be available on the IUC and author websites. Keynote speeches from the Honorable Minister of Urban Development Kamal Nath, Honorable Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja, and Honorable Minister for Rural Development, Jairam Ramesh will create an opportunity to bring together key national leaders on a common platform to discuss the opportunities that urbanisation could create for inclusive national development. The final session will compare and contrast the diverging perspectives emerging from the panels, and summarise the research and action agendas that develop throughout the day.