Creating a low-carbon and equitable future: Cities IPCC sets blueprint for urban transformation

By | 2018-03-09T13:16:31+00:00 March 9th 2018|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , |

At the end of three intensive days of Cities IPCC, scientists, policymakers and development experts set a global blueprint on how cities can be better places to live and meet the challenge of climate change. Stephen Leahy takes a look back and ahead.

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“Climate change and gender issues cannot be taken apart” – an interview with Laids Mias-Cea from UN-Habitat (video)

By | 2018-03-08T13:36:01+00:00 March 7th 2018|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES, INCLUSION|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

What are the linkages between climate change and gender? Why are women and youth particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change? And how can we create an enabling environment that allows women and youth to participate in climate decision making? URBANET talked to Maria Adelaida “Laids” Mias-Cea, Regional Coordinator of UN-Habitat’s Cities and Climate Change Initiative (CCCI). Check out her video on the occasion of this year’s International Women’s Day.

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Cities and scientists join forces in the fight against climate change

By | 2018-03-09T13:14:42+00:00 March 5th 2018|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , , , |

More than 700 climate scientists and city planners have gathered in Edmonton this Monday for the CitiesIPCC—Cities and Climate Change Science Conference. The three-day gathering marks the first time cities rather than nation states are offered a seat at the table of the U.N.'s top scientific authority on global warming. At day one, data collection and analysis for effective emissions reduction and their potential for social inclusion has been the main focus, writes Stephen Leahy.

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A Better Climate for Cities: CitiesIPCC Aims to Launch a New Research Agenda

By | 2018-03-01T11:39:51+00:00 February 28th 2018|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES, HOUSING & INFORMALITY, INCLUSION, NATIONAL URBAN POLICIES|Tags: , , , , , , , |

At next week’s CitiesIPCC conference, the urban and climate communities will brave the cold of Edmonton, Canada, to discuss some of the century’s hottest issues. From March 5-7, more than 700 delegates will seek to close a significant gap in our collective understanding of the role of cities in adapting and responding to climate change, and launch a global research agenda to inform the IPCC. Julie Greenwalt explains how the organising partner Cities Alliance is working to ensure that issues critical to the Global South will be emphasised at this landmark event.

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Safer Cities for Children

By | 2018-02-21T11:58:54+00:00 February 15th 2018|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES, INCLUSION|Tags: , , , , |

Rapid and unplanned urbanization has many negative consequences, especially for children and young people. Many children live in urban areas without safe spaces to play, learn, and develop. Frank Mischo explains why city leaders and planners must pay more attention to the needs and rights of urban children.

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All WUFed out, but what comes next?

By | 2018-02-13T13:03:35+00:00 February 13th 2018|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES, URBAN & METROPOLITAN GOVERNANCE|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Ninth Session of the World Urban Forum has been closed today. Gregory Scruggs looks ahead and points out what tracks to follow that started at WUF9, concerning collect city-level data and the follow-up and review processes.

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New Report Explores How Cities Can Participate in the Follow-up and Review of Global Sustainability Agendas

By | 2018-02-12T10:39:16+00:00 February 12th 2018|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES, URBAN & METROPOLITAN GOVERNANCE|Tags: , , , , , |

At the Ninth Session of the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Cities Alliance has launched a new report that aims to help local and regional governments understand how they can participate in the follow-up and review process for global urban sustainability and climate agendas.

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New Urban Agenda implementation slow, if not steady

By | 2018-02-09T10:16:06+00:00 February 9th 2018|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES, URBAN & METROPOLITAN GOVERNANCE|Tags: , , , , , |

As the ninth session of the World Urban Forum gets into full swing in the humid heat of Kuala Lumpur, it has become increasingly clear that progress toward achieving the lofty ambitions of the New Urban Agenda has so far been slow, writes Gregory Scruggs. Fifteen months after Habitat III wrapped up in Quito, there is much talk of frameworks and action plans, but little in the way of fresh deliverables.

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The city of Yangzhou rebuilds its past to ensure a bright future

By | 2018-02-07T09:25:47+00:00 February 6th 2018|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES, INTEGRATED PLANNING|Tags: , , , , , |

Preserving cultural heritage while upgrading urban areas can be a challenging task for cities. Analyn Rubenecia and Chenzi Yiyang describe how the city of Yangzhou, China, designed its urban renewable project with an integrated approach. This puts Yangzhou on the right track toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Heading for Kuala Lumpur: The challenge of implementing Sustainable Urban Solutions

By | 2018-02-06T00:22:20+00:00 January 30th 2018|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , |

In less than a week, the 9th session of the World Urban Forum, the largest international stakeholder gathering of passionate urbanists, will kick off in Malaysia. Franz Marré looks ahead and shows why WUF9 is an important platform for strategic discussion and arena for innovation.

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World Urban Forum will set stage for a busy 2018

By | 2018-02-07T13:52:50+00:00 January 30th 2018|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Around 20,000 urbanists are poised to gather in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for the ninth session of the World Urban Forum. However, WUF9’s preparations for a quadrennial report will not be taking place in a vacuum. The conference comes only at the beginning of a busy year, writes Gregory Scruggs.

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More than window dressing? Stakeholders and partnerships in the New Urban Agenda and other UN global agreements on sustainable development

By | 2018-01-24T14:07:38+00:00 January 24th 2018|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , , , |

Over the course of seventy years, stakeholders have become increasingly involved in UN processes. Non-state players have taken on advocacy or advisory roles for their specific issues, and have helped shape norms and debates about global concerns. Eugénie L. Birch traces the path that has led to increasing stakeholder engagement and explores its effect on the New Urban Agenda.

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National Urban Policies: a policy lever to foster a New Urban Agenda? – Part II

By | 2018-01-10T14:44:29+00:00 January 10th 2018|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , |

The New Urban Agenda calls upon nation states to implement National Urban Policies to achieve integrated and coherent sustainable urban development. In the first part of this article, author Rene Peter Hohmann displays current discussions on National Urban Policies and their possible categorisation as this question remains open. To reflect on the various policy intentions that national governments may pursue under an umbrella of National Urban Policies, this second part will examine a variety of case studies more closely.

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National Urban Policies: a policy lever to foster a New Urban Agenda? – Part I

By | 2018-01-10T14:46:45+00:00 January 3rd 2018|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , |

National Urban Policies are recognised as an effective and necessary tool to achieve sustainable and inclusive urban development as envisioned in the New Urban Agenda. However, it is still unclear what constitutes a National Urban Policy and how such a policy could help catalyse the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. In order to bring some light into these discussions, Rene Peter Hohmann reviews the current body of academic literature as well as policy assessments to analyse and categorise a sample of 19 countries with an explicit National Urban Policy in place.

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

By | 2017-12-14T15:17:12+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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