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Women’s Growing Need for Safe Mobility

By | May 23rd 2018|Categories: PUBLIC SPACES, URBAN MOBILITY|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Until today, women around the world experience harassment and even assault when moving in public spaces, including on public transport services. In Nairobi, Kenya, the Flone Initiative is combatting gender-based violence by supporting victims, and by training service providers to effectively prevent behaviour that compromises women’s safety and right to mobility.

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A City of Life: Medellín’s Plan to Protect and Promote Urban Biodiversity

By | May 16th 2018|Categories: DISASTER RISK REDUCTION, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , |

Three years ago, the city of Medellín adopted a novel approach to manage and conserve biodiversity, launching Colombia’s first local action plan on urban biodiversity: “Medellín, a city of life.” Maria Mejia and Juliana Echeverri argue that this effort should inspire other cities to explore new methods and concepts that link biodiversity to human well-being, resilience, and economic development.

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Interview: “Diversity is part of our DNA” (Peter Kurz, Mayor of Mannheim)

By | May 8th 2018|Categories: Inclusion, PARTICIPATION|Tags: , , |

The city of Mannheim has always been an intercultural city with an urban community characterised by diversity. But like many other cities in Germany, Mannheim is feeling the impacts of the sudden influx of refugees in 2015. Through various projects and initiatives, the city strives to maintain an urban society which is characterised by a spirit of openness and understanding. URBANET talked to Mannheim’s mayor Dr. Peter Kurz about the city’s approach to diversity and the chances that can arise from being a diverse city.

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The Urban Spring of May 1st

By | May 3rd 2018|Categories: DECENT WORK, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , , |

Cities throughout the world face the challenge of how to create more – and decent – jobs. On Labour Day, Edmundo Werna makes the case for an extensive urban dialogue as a necessary condition for a proactive employment policy.

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Creating Decent Jobs Through Waste Pickers Cooperatives

By | May 2nd 2018|Categories: DECENT WORK, ENERGY & WASTE|Tags: , , , , |

In precarious working environments, cooperatives hold an immense potential to increase social and economic inclusion of marginalized groups. Sonia Dias uses the examples of waste pickers cooperatives to illustrate how the concept of cooperatives helps implement the four pillars of the International Labor Organisation’s Decent Work Agenda—and calls on policy makers to create a favourable environment for this organisational form.

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The Talanoa Dialogue: How Cities and Regions Can Deliver on the Promise of the Paris Agreement

By | April 27th 2018|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, PARTICIPATION, PEER-LEARNING & CO-PRODUCTION|Tags: , , , , , |

Why should urban, regional and national decision-makers alike pay attention to the Talanoa Dialogue? This process, which was initiated by the Fijian COP23 Presidency, presents an exciting opportunity to align the national and subnational spheres of climate action. Throughout 2018, URBANET will report on the issue in a new series of articles.

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Climate-resilient Housing in Mozambique’s Coastal Cities

By | April 25th 2018|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, HOUSING & INFORMALITY|Tags: , , , , , , |

Constructing a house is a rite of passage to adulthood in most peri-urban areas of Mozambique. While it is common for people to build their own homes using traditional techniques, it often reproduces vulnerability as most of these self-built houses are easily damaged even by low or medium magnitude weather events. How can resilient construction techniques prompt behaviour change in house construction and generate income?

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Interview: “We have started to become more resilient” – Ronaldo Golez, Mayor of Dumangas, Philippines

By | April 24th 2018|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, URBAN AGRICULTURE|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The agricultural sector of the municipality of Dumangas in the Philippines is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. We spoke to its mayor Ronaldo Golez about strategies to become more resilient and to empower local communities.

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