A world connected through megacities

Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan discusses the challenges of managing the world’s second largest metropolis.

Members event, Panel
12 May 2022 — 6:00PM TO 7:00PM
Chatham House and Online

Large metropolitan areas were forced to react to the COVID-19 pandemic radically and rapidly. Attempting to stop the spread of a highly contagious virus and socially distance in the confined spaces of major cities proved particularly difficult. Managing the movements and actions of millions of people required enormous effort from the administration of capitals and large cities worldwide. Jakarta, the world’s second largest city, was no different. In fact, it is one of many emerging challenges facing the capital of the world’s third most populous democracy.

The impact of climate change means that Jakarta is struggling to keep back the Java Sea. The city is sinking at an alarming rate. It is estimated that one-third of the city could be submerged by 2050. Governor Anies will provide his insight and experiences in managing both these monumental challenges and more. As the world recovers from the pandemic and navigates turbulent geopolitical times, the governor will also provide his thoughts on how a large metropolis can be a catalyst for the global change needed to meet the growing challenges facing the world today.

The governor will be answering key questions including:

  • As the world seeks a path out of the pandemic, what are the major challenges that Jakarta is facing?

  • In large democracies such as Indonesia, what role do city governors and mayors have in advancing development and how has the pandemic altered the balance between local and national government?

  • Will Jakarta be able to face the threat of climate change and what plans is it putting into place to protect the city’s residents?

As with all Chatham House member events, questions from members drive the conversation.

This event is part of Chatham House’s ongoing work on realizing sustainability.

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