“There are huge health risks in not dealing with solid waste” – An interview with Graham Alabaster from UN-Habitat (video)

By | 2018-03-29T02:24:02+00:00 April 6th 2018|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, ENERGY & WASTE, HEALTH & EDUCATION|Tags: , , , , |

What are the linkages between solid waste management and urban health? And how can city governments improve waste management systems to reduce health risks? On the occasion of World Health Day, URBANET talked to Graham Alabaster, Chief of Sanitation and Waste Management at UN-Habitat.

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Cities are Engines of Transformation – and Urban Health is the Fuel

By | 2018-04-05T16:53:45+00:00 April 4th 2018|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, HEALTH & EDUCATION|Tags: , , , , , |

The benefits of cities are rarely distributed equitably. Particularly for the poor and disadvantaged, cities have a high rate of health hazards and risks. To address these dangers, city leaders need to take a multidisciplinary, rights-based approach. Maria Jose Amilibia argues that by leveraging cities’ unique opportunity to scale up essential services, we can truly transform the urban health landscape.

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Managing Water in Secondary Cities: Interview with Mathew Kurian

By | 2018-03-20T11:12:56+00:00 March 16th 2018|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, WATER & SANITATION|Tags: , , , |

As World Water Day approaches, URBANET interviewed Mathew Kurian of UN University about managing water supplies in secondary cities. Although often overshadowed by megacities, secondary cities face slightly different—but just as significant—water challenges as their larger neighbours. Kurian argues that secondary cities could be important laboratories for innovative financing mechanisms, but that we must first disrupt the entrenched dis-incentives that promote business as usual.

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Antananarivo, Madagascar: Partnership for water access transformation

By | 2017-12-14T15:43:24+00:00 December 14th 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, WATER & SANITATION|Tags: , , , , , , |

In order to reach the Sustainable Development Goals related to water, sanitation and hygiene, the government of Madagascar has drawn up an action plan and commissioned JIRAMA, the country’s state-owned electricity and water provider, to improve access to safe water supply.

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Why should we deal with abandoned urban spaces?

By | 2017-12-01T12:55:53+00:00 November 29th 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, INTEGRATED PLANNING|Tags: , , , , , |

Cities are constantly transforming, and societal development leaves marks in urban space. When industries decline or parts of cities are abandoned due to migration, urban wastelands or gaps in the built environment are left behind. How can cities make use of these empty spaces? Anja Graner looks at repurposing wastelands and the “dense city”.

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Paving the way for sustainable urban mobility: TUMI celebrates one-year anniversary

By | 2017-10-17T15:16:45+00:00 October 17th 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, URBAN MOBILITY|Tags: , , , , , |

From Cairo to Brasilia to Kaohsiung: the TUMI initiative offers exciting opportunities for international collaboration and learning on sustainable urban mobility. Launched at Habitat III last year, TUMI now celebrates its one-year anniversary. For URBANET, Armin Wagner takes stock of what has been achieved so far.

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Curiosity and caution: How should cities approach autonomous driving?

By | 2017-10-14T14:49:10+00:00 October 10th 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, URBAN MOBILITY|Tags: , , , , , |

Is autonomous driving the eco-friendly future of urban mobility? Many advocates of this new technology seem to be convinced of it. However, there may be downsides to the use of autonomous vehicles. With the Ecomobility World Festival and Congress 2017 taking place this month in Kaohsiung, URBANET's authors Monika Zimmermann and Michael Glotz-Richter assess the pro and con arguments and call for cities to approach autonomous transport with caution.

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Making a world without HIV by 2030 possible: Mayors and local governments as change agents

By | 2017-09-26T14:47:50+00:00 September 26th 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

HIV/AIDS continues to be a major health crisis around the world, especially in cities. As part of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Alliance of Mayors and Municipal Leaders on HIV/AIDS in Africa has vouched to eliminate AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. Titus James Twesige explains the situation in Uganda and why mayors can drive positive change.

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Carbon Credits: cleaner and safer cooking stoves in the Maputo slums

By | 2017-10-14T14:57:24+00:00 September 20th 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, ENERGY & WASTE|Tags: , , , , , , |

Traditional cooking stoves consume a lot of energy and emit harmful fumes, leading to high rates of premature deaths. Improved cooking stoves are addressing this issue, making it possible for poor households to save money and reduce illnesses related to emissions. Looking at the example of Maputo, Mozambique Rosario Loayza and Alessandro Galimberti explain the benefits of such efficient kitchen appliances.

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How Tangerang City Revamps its Solid Waste Management

By | 2017-10-14T14:59:54+00:00 September 12th 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, ENERGY & WASTE|Tags: , , , , , |

Tangerang City in Indonesia has made a big leap from polluted to award winning green city. Watch the video and read the report by the Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) to find out how the city improved its solid waste management.

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Upscaling Sanitation for the Urban Poor in Kenya

By | 2017-10-14T15:02:14+00:00 August 29th 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, WATER & SANITATION|Tags: , , , , , , |

Providing access to urban sanitation is challenging because of space limitations, complex land tenure and higher public health concerns in crowded settlements. This is especially true for low-income urban areas. For URBANET, Jane Njagi describes how this challenge has been tackled in Tharaka Nithi County, Kenya.

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Disorder in Public Transportation in Major Cities of Sub-Saharan Africa: The case of Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

By | 2017-10-14T15:03:14+00:00 August 22nd 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, URBAN MOBILITY|Tags: , , , , |

Like most major cities in Sub-Saharan Africa, Abidjan has a traffic problem: Congestion, pollution and extortion amongst public transport providers means that the basic service of mobility can only be provided to citizens on a limited scale. Alexis Gueu analyses the situation.

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“(Mis-)Educating the Ghettoes of our world” – is there a Collective Neglect of the Role of Education for Youth in Violent Cities Around the World?

By | 2017-10-14T15:06:37+00:00 July 26th 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, HEALTH & EDUCATION|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The world’s population is becoming younger, and the majority of people under the age of 25 are living in the rapidly growing cities of Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Reports claim that a disproportionate proportion of youth live in impoverished, unplanned, and often highly violent urban settlements where they are more likely to be both victims and perpetrators of urban violence. What education strategies are needed in order to improve their situation?

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Cities should be built for people – Let us start with creating safe public spaces for everyone

By | 2017-10-14T15:09:03+00:00 June 30th 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, PUBLIC SPACES|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In South Africa, historical shortcomings in city planning by the apartheid regime, rapid urbanisation, and a lack of economic opportunities have increased inequity and social exclusion. Faced with high rates of violence and crime, citizens are getting involved in enhancing safety in public spaces. Margo Weimers and her co-authors present an example from the city of Johannesburg.

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What characterises an ideal city, and how do we get there?

By | 2017-10-14T15:09:50+00:00 June 22nd 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, INTEGRATED PLANNING|Tags: , , , |

What do we envision the ideal city of the future to be like? How can we approach such an ideal in urban planning? According to Marco Dall’Orso, the (re)creation of urban environments needs to balance and integrate multiple strategies. Taking into account the quality of the socio-economic and built-natural environment, he develops a framework that can be used to analyse a city’s strengths, weaknesses, and possible trajectories for future development.

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