Serbian Pavilion


1th November 2021   |   3:35 p.m. (duration 25 minutes)

Urbanisation of Rural Areas

Whether in rural or urban settings, access to safe and affordable living conditions is a fundamental right. With over 70% of the world’s population due to live in cities by 2050, and over a billion already living in informal settlements, it is more important than ever to build resilient and sustainable habitats supported by networks of inclusive infrastructure and services.

Cities remain centres of activity attracting billions of new dwellers: the world’s urban population is expected to grow by 3 billion additional citizens by 2050. The immense demands this will put on existing and new infrastructure, as 60 percent of the area expected to be urban by 2030 has not yet been built is staggering. Sound development and urban management is becoming more crucial than ever for the ability of countries to advance on the path towards sustainable development.

Fireside Chat Topics:

(A fireside chat is an informal conversation between a moderator and the guest)

  • Challenges and opportunities of rural transformation
  • Improving living conditions in rural areas
  • How can urbanization be a catalyst for rural development
  • How will the agricultural sector lead the way for rural economic development in the future?
  • Speaker: Hon. Tatjana Matic - Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunication (Serbia)

    Moderator: Laura Buckwell, Former News Anchor, Event Host and MC (UAE)


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