New publication: Health in Megacities and Urban Areas

Krämer, Alexander; Khan, Mobarak Hossain; Kraas, Frauke (Eds.)

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Siemens, GlobeScan and MRC publish Megacity Report

Please see the following website for further information, inclusing a summary of the Megacity Report and photographs of megacities:

IP-Issue: Megastädte

November 2006 Edition of the publication series "Internationale Politik" by the DGAP (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik e.V.)

Among the contributions:
- Kraas, F. and U. Nitschke: Megastädte als Motoren globalen Wandels
More information on the topics of this issue:

Urban Age - a worldwide series of conferences investigating the future of cities

Now online:
Contributions from the latest summit in Berlin (November 2006):

Earth Sciences for Society
- an International Year of Planet Earth

Organised under the auspices of the
International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS)

The United Nations General Assembly, meeting in New York, has proclaimed the year 2008 to be the United Nations International Year of Planet Earth. The Year's activities will span the three years 2007-2009.

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Megacities are one of the eight broad themes. More information on this topic can be found in the brochure Megacities - going deeper, building safer
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Research on the Sustainable Development of Megacities of Tomorrow

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany - BMBF - has launched a new project with the focus on "Research on the Sustainable Development of Megacities of Tomorrow".

Further information can be obtained here:

  • Project Information pdf document
  • BMBF - The Federal Ministry of Education and Research

  • Megacities III: Working models and strategic solutions

    24.-26.11.2003, Schloss Eichholz, Wesseling

    The results of this conference are summarised in a strategy paper for political decision makers. In spring 2004 an international scientfic publication will be presented Further information is available at, and

    A documentation of the conference can be found here:


  • For the german press statement go to

    Special Issue on Megacities

    The recent thematic focus of Germany´s most traditional geographic journal "Petermanns Geographische Mitteilungen" (PGM) concentrates on Megacities.

    The contributions are:

  • Frauke Kraas: Megacities as global risk areas
  • Thomas Krafft, Tanja Wolf, Surinder Aggarwal: A new urban penalty? Environmental and health risks in Delhi
  • Ben Wisner: Social planning and activism for earthquake risk reduction in megacities: the cases of Mexico City and Los Angeles
  • Guenter Mertins: Juengere sozialraeumlich-strukturelle Transformationen in den Metropolen und Megastaedten Lateinamerikas
  • Martin Coy: Paris - aktuelle Entwicklungstendenzen und Ansaetze der Stadterneuerung in einer europaeischen Megastadt
  • Martin Seger, Friedrich Palencsar: Istanbul - der Weg zurueck zur Weltstadt

    Furthermore, short contributions on: modelling of socioeconomic disparities in Rio de Janeiro; publications review on megacity contributions; report on SARS; urban development in mediterranean countries; historical view on ethnic groups in the Osmanian Reich.

    Further information, download files and subscription of PGM can be found under:

  • Updates of the GaWC

    The Website of the Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network keeps you constantly informed about news from the Network such as new research bulletins:


  • Newsletter Archive:

    Newsletter No.5

    12th June 2006
    The latest Newsletter has been sent to all members of the Task Force. You can download the online version as a pdf-document via the following link:

    [Click here for Newsletter Nr.5]

    Newsletter No.4

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    Newsletter No.3

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    Newsletter No.2

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    Newsletter No.1

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