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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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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