Mexico City at a Crossroads: Urban Challenges of the 21st Century

This two-day conference addresses current challenges hampering Mexico City’s urban development, sharing lessons learned so far and engaging in a dialogue with Harvard faculty and students on the city's direction going forward. Emerging from a complex history to take a role as a leading global metropolis, Mexico City is in flux, facing both the environmental challenges of its own massive scale as well as shifting territorialities and modalities of governance. The conference begins with a keynote address by Mexico City Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera on Friday evening, followed by a set of panels on Saturday that will showcase the work of a range of scholars and public officials who are seeking to understand the city’s health, transportation, water, and security challenges. The overall objective of the conference is to examine how Mexico City’s standing as a national powerhouse with global aspirations has enabled or constrained its capacities to effectively meet the urban challenges of the 21st century. In the process, the conference seeks to generate a dialogue across a range of different governance institutions ranging from the local to the regional to the national, asking questions about what forms of interinstitutional cooperation will most advance sustainability aims.

Friday, March 31, 2017, 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Urban Challenges in an Era of Climate Change - Keynote address
Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, Harvard Graduate School of Design, 48 Quincy Street

Speaker: Miguel Angel Mancera, Mayor of Mexico City
Introduction: Jorge Domínguez, Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico, Department of Government; Chair, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies

Saturday, April 1, 2017, 9:00am
Urban Challenges in an Age of Shifting Sovereignties

Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall

9:00 – 9:45am                    Arrival & Breakfast

10:00 – 12:00pm                Panel I: Environment & Infrastructure

12:00 – 12:15pm                Coffee Break

12:15 – 2:15pm                  Panel II: Health & Violence

2:15 – 3:15pm                    Lunch

3:15 – 5:15pm                    Panel III: Governance              

5:15 – 6:30pm                    Open Roundtable Discussion with Mayor Mancera

6:30 – 7:30pm                    Closing Reception