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The 11th Metropolis World ​Congress to be held in Hyderabad this October will see a resurgent India with a new energy coming with the election of Mr Narendra Modi as the new Prime Minister. Already there have been statements about re-energising the education system and of building many new cities across the country. It will be the large number of existing and proposed cities on the sub continent that will most gain from the pro development policies of the Modi government.

The 11th Metropolis World Congress in Hyderabad is expecting more than 2000 delegates from over 100 international cities and elected and public officials from over 100 Indian tier one and tier two cities. Be part of it and join us now!

Metropolis Training and Global Capacity Building programs were identified as one of the key global agenda during the Metropolis Strategic meeting in Barcelona. During the Barcelona Strategic Meeting, the Metropolis executive board, member cities, associate organisations and key knowledge partners emphasised on the need of customised training programs in strategic regions and cities to further expand the learning networks and knowledge platform of Metropolis members and stakeholders.

Among others Berlin, WHO Kobe, Paris, Barcelona, Mashhad and Medellin shared compelling examples of Training on urban management and sustainability. The Metropolis Secretariat has drawn a ‘Training and Capacity Building’ global agenda to visit and engage with strategic partners in Guangzhou, Chengdu, New Delhi, Buenos Aires, Johannesburg, Medellin, Kobe, MITI Headquarter in Seoul and MITI regional centres.       

Taking this message forward, the Secretary General Mr Alain LeSaux and delegation of Metropolis visited the National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi to meet with the key stakeholders and international development agencies, representing the learning and capacity building networks in South Asia.  

Ahmedabad, the Indian city in the state of Gujarat which was ratified as a new Metropolis member on 19 July 2013 in Johannesburg, received a Metropolis delegation at the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation offices on 12 September 2013.

The meeting featured the presence of the Mayor of the city, the Honorable Ms. Meenaxiben Dashrathbhai Patel, the Municipal Commissioner, Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, the chair of the Standing Committee, Mr. Bhupendra Patel, and other senior members from the municipal corporation.

The 6th edition of  Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2013 on Inclusive Urban Development, will take place on Thursday 17th of October 2013 in the city of Ahmedabad. The event is organised by the Government of Gujarat (India)in partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and PwC as the Knowledge partner. Metropolis encourages all the City Managers of its member cities to engage in this event on inclusive urban practices.

This summit aims to cover wide-ranging views from national and international experts on various aspects of Urban Planning and social inclusion for all, Affordable Housing and Slum Rehabilitation, Multi-modal Affordable Transport, Sustainable Waste Management. It will provide a unique platform for sharing knowledge and technology which have stood thetest of time.

Jagan Shah has been appointed Director of the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), New Delhi. Former Director, Prof Chetan Vaidya, is now the Director of School of Planning and Architecture (SPA).

During 13,14 and 15 March 2013 Metropolis participated, as one of the support institutions, in one of the largest Urban Infrastructure conferences in India, Municipalika – making cities better. The three day conference in Delhi NCR focused on governance, urban reforms in India, energy, environment and affordable housing.

Municipalika 2013,the 11th International Conference and Exhibition, is being organized under the theme Good Urban Governance for Safe, Healthy, Green, Inclusive and Smart Cities at India Expo Mart (Greater Noida) from 13th to 15th March, in New Delhi.

A delegation from India formed by authorities of several provinces was received by the Metropolis Regional Secretary for Latin America, Edson Aparecido in São Paulo. The group learned about the Plan of Action of São Paulo Macro metropolises and the experience of EMPLASA in metropolitan planning. The visit deepens the exchange between the State of São Paulo and India started last July at inaugural workshop of Metropolis Initiative on Strategic Planning held in New Delhi.

The host city for Metropolis World Congress 2014, Hyderabad received the Metropolis delegation with enormous enthusiasm for a series of preparatory visits and meetings during April 4-11, 2012. “We are very happy that Hyderabad has been accepted to be the host. The city has all infrastructure facilities we need. We are surprised at the high-level of interest and facilities,” says Alain Le Saux, Metropolis Secretary General.

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