MEDIA ADVISORY: AsiaPacific Breakfast Briefing -- Asia’s Emerging Urban Crises
Dr. Allen Clark
Senior Fellow, Research Program
East-West Center

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.
Bank of Hawai‘i Main Branch Executive Dining Room 6th floor  

  • The presentation is open to news coverage.

    To attend,or arrange for an interview, contact Karen Knudsen, Director of External Affairs, East-West Center at 944-7195 or [email protected]

  • Attendance is by invitation. Bank of Hawaii sponsors the East-West Center AsiaPacific Breakfast Briefings.  Attendees are members of the EWC Foundation and other invited business and community leaders.


In 2008, for the first time in history, more than ½ of the world’s population (approx. 3.3 billion people) will live in urban areas.  Dr. Allen Clark will discuss the global implications of this massive structural shift in populations from rural to urban living.  In Asia, with 11 of the world’s 22 largest cities, over 44 million people move to the cities every year (almost 100 individuals per minute) requiring 20,000 new dwellings and 150 miles of new highways every day.  This rapid urbanization of Asia presents many opportunities (jobs, growth, development) as well as problems (slums, poverty, disease) but for the longer term raise serious questions in terms of security/stability, environmental degradation, food supply and sustainability.

Dr. Clark specializes in policy and decision making for sustainable development in developing countries and has worked in over 75 nations.  He received his PhD in Geology from the University of Idaho, with post-graduate studies in Mineral Economics at Stanford University.



The EAST-WEST CENTER is an education and research organization established by the U.S. Congress in 1960 to strengthen relations and understanding among the peoples and nations of Asia, the Pacific, and the United States.  The Center contributes to a peaceful, prosperous and just Asia Pacific community by serving as a vigorous hub for cooperative research, education and dialogue on critical issues of common concern to the Asia Pacific region and the United States.  Funding for the Center comes from the U.S. government, with additional support provided by private agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations, and the governments of the region.