“Participation is a prerequisite for sustainable urban development”

Franziska Schreiber & Kai Fischer| September 28th 2016|Categories: CREATING LIVABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , |

According to Franziska Schreiber and Kaj Fischer from the think tank adelphi, innovative participation processes make cities more livable. URBANET talked to both urbanisation experts about how municipalities and residents can work together to shape their city.

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Urban Governance for Sustainable Global Development: From the SDGs to the New Urban Agenda 

Eva Dick| September 23rd 2016|Categories: HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA|Tags: , , , , , , |

“Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” - this is the call to action formulated in Sustainable Development Goal 11. Although this reflects an awareness of urban governance issues in regard to sustainable development, our author argues that many of these issues are still neglected and need to be further elaborated.

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Voices on Habitat, Part I

URBANET| September 21st 2016|Categories: HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA|Tags: , |

In the run-up to the German Habitat Forum in June 2016, people from all over the world were asked how they imagine the city of the future, what they expected from local, national and international authorities for their city, and how their city has evolved. The series "Voice on Habitat" projects an image of the issues that the New Urban Agenda has to tackle, and gives a voice to the people who will be directly affected by its implementation.

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Municipalities in Eastern Serbia Champion Property Tax Collection

Daniela Kostadinova| September 20th 2016|Categories: STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS|Tags: , , , , , |

By doubling their revenues through property taxation, nine Eastern Serbian municipalities are now able to finance projects vital to their communities.

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“Successful cities need to be governed, not just administrated”

Christoph Beier| September 14th 2016|Categories: STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS|Tags: , , , |

Commentary by Dr. Christoph Beier, Vice-Chair of the GIZ Management Board.

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New Urban Agenda Text Agreed on in New York

Max Lohmann| September 13th 2016|Categories: HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA|Tags: , , |

After a final round of negotiations, Sept. 7 - 10 at UN Headquarters in New York, the member states agreed on the New Urban Agenda text to be adopted at the Habitat III conference this year, Oct. 17 – 21 in Quito. An agreement on the text was reached during extended negotiations, after a number of outstanding issues remained following the third Preparatory Committee Meeting in late July.

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Cycling in Bogotá and electric buses in Mexico City: CFF announces pilot projects

Aris Moro| September 8th 2016|Categories: REALISING INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT, STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

C40 Cities Finance Facility (CFF) have announced their first pilot projects for low-carbon, resilient transportation in megacities. Bogotá and Mexiko City will be implementing new bicycle roads and electric bus services.

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The Right to the City: “It is critical to urbanise informal settlements”

Matthias Nohn| September 7th 2016|Categories: CREATING LIVABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , |

In modern-day cities, issues such as affordable and good housing, or the question of who designs neighborhoods are very relevant and often imply a conflict of interests. URBANET talked to Harvard Loeb Fellow Matthias Nohn about the challenges and chances that cities face, and about what really constitutes the "Right to the City".

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