Panelists debated what cities in the Western Hemisphere can do to adapt to climate change, improve livability, and become more inclusive. ... Play Video
On February 26, the Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative of the Inter-American Development Bank and AS/COA launched the Winter 2014 issue of Americas Quarterly entitled “Our Cities, Our Future.” A group of experts gathered in Washington, D.C. to discuss how cities across the Americas are coping with challenges such as rapid urbanization, climate change, and social inclusion. Panelists assessed a key question: what are cities doing to adapt to climate change, improve livability, and become more socially integrated?
Gustavo Arnavat, United States Executive Director, Inter-American Development Bank
Tim Docking, Lead, Emerging Markets Funding Group, IBM Public Sector
Abha Joshi-Ghani, Director for Knowledge Exchange and Learning (WBIKL), World Bank Institute
Ellis Juan, General Coordinator, Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative, Inter-American Development Bank
Michael Sorkin, Director, Graduate Program in Urban Design, City College of New York
Christopher Sabatini, Editor in Chief, Americas Quarterly; Senior Director of Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (Moderator)
Panelists discussed harnessing microfinance and green solutions as a way to close Latin America’s energy gap. ... Play Video
On January 28, AS/COA hosted a public panel on microfinace and clean energy solutions to increase energy access in Latin America. Financial organizations can bridge the gap through innovative mechanisms for clean energy, which in turn can achieve a triple bottom-line impact. Panelists talked about the business case for clean energy finance in Latin America, explained the challenges and opportunities involved in entering this sector, and discussed measuring financial, social, and environmental impact.
Gregory Watson, Head, Strategic Planning and Team Leader, Clean Energy, Multilateral Investment Fund, Inter-American Development Bank (Download his presentation)
Amy Wang, Investment Officer, Global Social Investment Funds, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas
Nicola Armacost, Managing Director, Arc Finance, USA
Christian Gómez, Jr., Director of Energy, Council of the Americas (Moderator)