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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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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Cities & Climate Change | Infographics

By | 2017-11-08T15:18:41+00:00 November 8th 2017|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

How does climate change impact cities and urban citizens around the world, and what can cities do to not further contribute to global warming? URBANET's infographics show current trends regarding issues such as water and energy supply, solid waste management, and urban green.

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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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Cities are key for successful global climate policy

By | 2017-11-01T16:24:45+00:00 November 1st 2017|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) starts next week. It is often stated that cities are key for implementing 2030 Agenda and the New Urban Agenda. But what exactly is needed for cities to fulfil this important role? Dirk Messner and Benno Pilardeaux call for better coordination, increased recognition on the global level, and more financial support.

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Sustainable development in the metropolitan century: where do we stand one year after Habitat III?

By | 2017-10-27T17:12:12+00:00 October 27th 2017|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , , , , |

One year has passed since the historic adoption of the New Urban Agenda, two since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda. Is the implementation of the agendas on track? What are obstacles and how can we improve the process?

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Voices on 1 year New Urban Agenda

By | 2017-10-25T16:19:15+00:00 October 19th 2017|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , , |

This month, the New Urban Agenda (NUA) celebrates its first anniversary. What has happened since its adoption at Habitat III in Quito? We asked Billy Cobbett (Cities Alliance), Mei Yi (Mayor of Jingdezhen, China), Eugénie L. Birch (Professor at the University of Pennsylvania), Yang Jun (Mayor of Suzhouto), María Alejandra Vicuña Muñoz (Minister of Urban Development and Housing of Ecuador) to take stock of the past 12 months’ implementation actions.

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The challenge of localising the SDGs: A reflection about Brazil

By | 2017-10-04T17:01:53+00:00 October 4th 2017|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , , , , |

To attain the SDGs, local implementation is key, and cities bear a special responsibility in that regard. But what does the situation really look like on the ground – is there enough awareness and commitment to this global process? Daphne Besen analyses the situation in metropolises and small and medium size cities in Brazil.

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UN Urban without a future, but some common ground builds up

By | 2017-10-14T16:33:45+00:00 September 8th 2017|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , , |

This week's high-level meeting on UN Habitat in New York City has shown that member states are committed to the Habitat process, but view critically the proposals put forward by an independent assessment panel. URBANET reports on the outcomes of the meeting.

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Habitat Reform – Business as usual will yield results as usual

By | 2017-10-14T15:01:24+00:00 September 1st 2017|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , , , |

Next week, the two-day high-level meeting of the General Assembly on UN-Habitat will take place in New York. Member states of the United Nations will gather there and discuss future reform steps for UN-Habitat. Franz Marré provides some thought-provoking reflections on the reforms proposed by the high-level panel and says that business as usual is not an option.

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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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Accelerating the Synergetic Implementation of the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda

By | 2017-10-14T15:07:25+00:00 July 12th 2017|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , , , |

This week, the UN High Level Political Forum is reviewing the implementation process of the Sustainable Development Goals in New York City. The theme: Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world. Felix Dodds from the Global Research Institute criticizes the missing involvement of urban development actors and calls for a conference on local implementation.

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What does the Integral Implementation of the New Urban Agenda mean?

By | 2017-10-15T20:15:33+00:00 July 7th 2017|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , |

Latin America and the Caribbean is one of the most urbanised regions of the planet. At the same time it is also the world’s most unequal region, a region where poverty and wealth coexist and antagonise each other daily, especially in urban spaces. Today, 80 per cent of the Latin American population lives in cities, with half of the urban population in LAC concentrated in rapidly growing intermediate cities. But what are the main challenges cities in Latin America and the Caribbean have to face? And which integral approaches do cities pursue to overcome them?

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