After COP23, it is now up to local and national leaders to act on their promises

By | 2017-11-22T15:30:16+00:00 November 22nd 2017|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

With COP23 now over, it is again up to nation states and local governments to act and implement their agreements. Wrapping up the reporting on the conference, Lou del Bello looks at coordinating climate action, and necessary changes in infrastructure and urban policy.

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Hurricane Irma and its impact on Haitian cities

By | 2017-11-16T14:29:34+00:00 November 16th 2017|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, DISASTER RISK REDUCTION, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , , , , |

With rising ocean water temperatures due to climate change, hurricanes are becoming stronger and last longer. This year, the Caribbean and parts of the US were hit by hurricane Irma, a particularly devastating storm. How can costal cities prepare for such disasters, and mitigate their effects? In an interview, Joseph Severe, Jean Frantz Jure and Nicolas Jean talk about the situation in Haiti.

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Towards sustainable cities: Implementing the NDCs and SDGs at the local level

By | 2017-11-20T16:48:54+00:00 November 15th 2017|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Cities and urban settlements play a key role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the commitments of the Paris Agreement. Nathaly Arguto and Stella Schroeder cast a spotlight on projects from Latin America, the region with the highest rate of urbanisation in the world, that contribute to implementing the global agendas for sustainability.

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COP23 enters second week: island states stress urgency to act

By | 2017-11-14T15:11:17+00:00 November 14th 2017|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

COP23 continues into its second week: Rising ambition for climate protection is not enough, say mayors as cities, regions and business claim their place at the UN table. Being at the frontline of climate change impacts, island states call for urgent practical actions. Lou del Bello reports from Bonn.

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Sustainable cities – towards a low-carbon and resilient future

By | 2017-11-09T15:06:06+00:00 November 9th 2017|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , , , , , |

What does a sustainable urban future look like? In a new video, municipal officials, urban experts and local residents from around the world talk about urban challenges, solutions for climate-friendly cities and future needs for low-carbon urban development.

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COP23 kicks off in Bonn: cities in the limelight

By | 2017-11-07T10:19:52+00:00 November 7th 2017|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , , , |

On November 6, the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) started in Bonn, Germany. Under the presidency of Fiji, for two weeks delegates from around the world are negotiating the implementation of the Paris Agreement with a focus on developing guidelines for transparency, emission reductions, provision of finance, and technology. What role do cities and regions play at COP23, and what is new compared to previous climate conferences? Lou del Bello reports from Bonn.

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Make or break: How the city of tomorrow will shape our future

By | 2017-10-25T21:56:29+00:00 August 15th 2017|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , , , , |

"Building cities able to accommodate half a billion people over the next 30 years is one of the biggest transformations of our planet and we have to get it right", Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General stated at the Langenburg Forum for Sustainability. Read the full speech here on URBANET

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Can a city become resilient? If so, to what and how?

By | 2017-10-25T21:57:58+00:00 May 10th 2017|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, DISASTER RISK REDUCTION, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , |

In the process of developing an urban resilience strategy – one that answers these questions, one that addresses the concerns of planners, developers, mayors, local government personnel, investors and concerned citizens – inevitably more questions arise. The most important one is arguably the question of 'resilience to what and why?' This was also discussed during the recent Resilient Cities Conference 2017 in Bonn.

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City Climate Action: How challenges can turn into opportunities

By | 2017-10-25T22:00:18+00:00 May 3rd 2017|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , , , |

In these days, climate and Bonn are thought together. As a matter of fact, adaptation to climate change, building resilience and dealing with loss and damages will challenge the world just as much as the necessity of mitigating global warming to no more than two degrees Celsius or less. Bonn is a hotspot for the joint efforts to get there. Already this 8 May, the Bonn Climate Talks will bring parties, observers and stakeholders together in the city at the Rhine.

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“Soon 20 percent of the land of Southern Bangladesh may be gone forever” – An interview with ANM Safiqul Alam, MD of Geomark

By | 2017-10-25T22:00:34+00:00 January 17th 2017|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , , , , |

Bangladeshi cities do not only have to face difficult climate conditions, but also increasing waves of urban migration and the problems associated with that. URBANET spoke to ANM Safiqul Alam, managing director of the software and planning company Geomark, about how Bangladesh is facing these challenges and why he is hopeful for the future of the country.

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“Local governments are better equipped” – An interview with John Bongat, mayor of Naga City

By | 2017-10-25T22:00:46+00:00 January 3rd 2017|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, DISASTER RISK REDUCTION, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , , , , |

John Bongat is the mayor of Naga City in the Philippines, one of the most disaster-prone cities in the world. URBANET talked to him about how he attempts to make Naga City more livable.

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Mozambique: Rehabilitation of the Chiveve River is improving the quality of life of Beira’s residents

By | 2017-10-25T22:00:59+00:00 December 9th 2016|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, DISASTER RISK REDUCTION, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In a four-part series, URBANET takes a closer look at specific projects that contribute to making cities more liveable. This second part describes how the coastal city of Beira in Mozambique mitigates floods and other climate change-related natural disasters, which usually effect the poorest communities the most severely. By rehabilitating the Chiveve River, the situation has improved significantly.

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Spotlight on livable cities, Part IV: Building livable cities

By | 2017-10-25T22:01:20+00:00 December 1st 2016|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, DISASTER RISK REDUCTION, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT, INCLUSION|Tags: , , , , , , , |

What do cities in India need to be more livable? In the four part series "Spotlight on livable cities", ISOCARP Vice-President Shipra Narang Suri aims to answer this question by approaching it from various angles, giving examples from different areas of urban planning. In this fourth part, she explains what is concretely being done against the factors that threaten the livability of India's cities and concludes by saying that there needs to be a fundamental shift in the way planners and policy-makers approach urban development.

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Integrated Resource Management in Asian cities: The Urban Nexus

By | 2017-10-25T22:01:31+00:00 October 11th 2016|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT, URBAN NEXUS|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The "Urban Nexus" is a theoretical and technical approach to integrated urban development. It introduces innovative and environmentally-friendly engineering solutions to improve the physical infrastructure of cities, and also promotes people-centered development. Our authors Ruth Erlbeck and Ralph Trosse describe how a low-cost, climate change resilient pilot house was built in the Philippines as part of the Nexus project.

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