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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Sustainability in the urban realm – current challenges in the German context

By | 2017-10-14T15:12:54+00:00 June 1st 2017|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , |

The factory and power plant chimneys which once belched smoke, blighting our urban landscapes, have largely disappeared. Our rivers are no longer open sewers, and quality of urban life has improved immeasurably. Where centres of heavy industry once polluted the environment, there are now eco-friendly cities – like Essen, the European Green Capital. So is it all good in Germany? This question was also discussed at the Annual Conference of the German Council for Sustainable Development on 29 May.

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City Climate Action: How challenges can turn into opportunities

By | 2017-10-14T15:17:13+00:00 May 3rd 2017|Categories: DISASTER RISK REDUCTION, 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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Access to finance a key consideration for urban leaders at the C40 Mayors’ Summit

By | 2017-10-14T15:40:03+00:00 December 21st 2016|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, MUNICIPAL & CLIMATE FINANCE|Tags: , , , , , , |

In early December, mayors, city delegates and urban experts met in Mexico City for the sixth biennial C40 Mayors’ Summit. The summit emphasised the key role cities play in global low-carbon, resilient, and inclusive development. Providing our cities with adequate access to financing is one of the most pressing issues that need to be addressed.

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Towards the liveable city

By | 2017-10-14T15:49:43+00:00 November 16th 2016|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , , |

The German government pushes for a New Urban Agenda oriented towards the vision of the “lebenswerte Stadt”, i.e. a city worth to live in, but is mostly translated with “liveable city”. But how do we define “liveable”? Our authors Alexandra Linden, Astrid Ley and Alexander Jachnow contend that it goes beyond “freedom from fear” and “freedom from want” as proposed by the UN. Liveability, construed as Quality of life shouldn’t just be determined by indicator models, but within a specific local context and in conjunction with international standards.

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COP22 through the Urban Lense

By | 2017-10-14T15:51:29+00:00 November 15th 2016|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , , |

Three weeks after the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is currently taking place in Marrakesh, Morocco. Sarah Schneider and Lisa Lebershausen look at the the international climate change conference through an urban lense.

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The SDGs go local! Why cities need to engage in integrated urban development

By | 2017-10-14T16:07:07+00:00 October 4th 2016|Categories: GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , , |

For the Sustainable Development Goals to work, cities as key development actors need to apply integrated approaches. Different actors and levels of government must be provided with opportunities to collaborate in order to ensure inclusive, secure, resilient and sustainable urban development. Furthermore, coordinated territorial planning and cross-sectoral cooperation are significant for an effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

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Voices on the New Urban Agenda

By | 2017-10-14T16:17:24+00:00 July 26th 2016|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , |

From 1 to 2 June 2016 more than 1.000 urban development experts met in Berlin during the German Habitat Forum. We asked several of the attendees what they think should be at the core of the New Urban Agenda. Here are their answers.

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Creating an enabling environment for sustainable cities

By | 2017-10-14T16:19:23+00:00 July 21st 2016|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES, GOVERNANCE & FINANCE|Tags: , , , , , |

In many countries cities are struggling to satisfy even the basic needs of their population. Therefore, we need a more sober and objective assessment of the essential conditions that will need to be in place if cities are to properly perform the functions anticipated in the SDGs.

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Shortcut: The Berlin Recommendations for the Cities of Tomorrow

By | 2017-10-14T16:22:42+00:00 July 21st 2016|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , , , |

In the course of the German Habitat Forum taking place on 1 and 2 June 2016 in Berlin the so called “Berlin Recommendations” were developed and ultimately passed by more than 1000 participants from 74 countries. Here are the recommendations in short.

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