International Conference on Sustainable Development through “Quality Infrastructure Investment”

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January 20-21, 2016

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The World Bank in commemoration of the launch of the Phase III of the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) partnership will host the first annual International Conference on Sustainable Development through “Quality Infrastructure” on January 20-21, 2016.


In May 2015, the Government of Japan announced the “Partnership for Quality Infrastructure” to promote cooperation and collaboration with other development partners in the area of quality infrastructure investment. The World Bank Group considers investments in infrastructure development in developing countries as indispensable for achieving its twin goal of eliminating poverty and promoting shared prosperity, and shares Japan’s view that infrastructure investment that incorporates elements of (1) economic efficiency (2) social inclusion (3) safety and resilience (4) environmental sustainability (5) convenience and comfort are vital for sustainable development.

In this international conference, practitioners in infrastructure and urban development from various countries, the World Bank Group, the Government of Japan, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and other international organizations will participate and share experience on quality infrastructure as below.

Main Discussion Points:

  • Developing a shared understanding of the attributes of a quality infrastructure and the relationship between quality infrastructure and economic growth
  • Deliberating on methods to effectively realize quality infrastructure investment
  • Promoting understanding of various efforts to promote quality infrastructure
  • In-depth coverage of the dimensions of quality infrastructure including: economic efficiency, social inclusion, safety and resilience, environmental sustainability, and comfort and convenience


Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Thursday, January 21, 2016


The World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center

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The World Bank

Co-organized by:

Government of Japan (MOF, MOFA, MLIT)


Sessions 1-2 on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 will be webcast live.
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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

13:30-14:00Session 1Welcome and Objective Setting
14:00-14:50Session 2Keynote Session on Urban Development and Quality Infrastructure**
14:50-15:35Session 3Perspectives on Quality Infrastructure Investment
15:50-16:35Session 4Japanese Perspectives on Quality Infrastructure Investment
16:35-17:50Session 5Regional, Spatial and Jurisdictional Elements of Quality Infrastructure


Thursday, January 21, 2016

9:00-9:20Session 1 Opening Session on Operationalizing Quality Infrastructure Dimensions of Economic Efficiency, Inclusiveness, Safety and Resilience, Sustainability, Convenience and Comfort
9:20-10:30Session 2Addressing Economic Efficiency through Quality Infrastructure
10:45-11:45Session 3Addressing Social Inclusion through Quality Infrastructure
11:45-13:00Session 4 Addressing Safety and Resilience through Quality Infrastructure
14:00-15:00Session 5Addressing Environmental Sustainability through Quality Infrastructure
15:10-16:10Session 6Addressing Convenience and Comfort: Livability/Social Urbanism: Stakeholder Led Urban Design to ensure Quality Infrastructure
16:10-17:10Session 7 Capacity Building for Quality Infrastructure
17:10-17:20 Closing

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The Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) serves as a platform for exchange of knowledge and experience on development through partnerships with various public and private organizations in Japan and other countries. The program helps to support the World Bank Group’s knowledge strategy which focuses on becoming a “Solutions Bank” to more effectively support its clients in applying evidence-based solutions to development challenges.  With its unique mix of information and communications technology (ICT) facilities, connectivity, and expertise, coupled with a strong partner network, TDLC is very well placed to deliver knowledge and to support dialogue and consultation on development challenges and solutions with a broad range of stakeholders all across the globe. TDLC is funded by the Government of Japan and managed by the Social, Urban, Rural and Resiliency Global Practice (GSURR) of the World Bank Group.

**Keynote Session: “Urban Development and Quality Infrastructure” by Peter Calthorpe
Peter Calthorpe is owner and founder of Calthorpe Associates, an award-winning firm devoted to sustainable urban design and planning globally. He has been named one of 25 “innovators on the cutting edge” by Newsweek for his work redefining the models of urban revitalization, suburban growth and regional planning in America. His published work includes Sustainable Communities, The Regional City: Planning for the End of Sprawl and Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change. Calthorpe is globally recognized for first introducing the concept of Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) in 1993 in his book, The Next American Metropolis: Ecology, Community, and the American Dream. In this work, he provided extensive guidelines and illustrations of their broad application, paving the way for a new age of planning practices that favor sustainable transit.



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