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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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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From Blade Runner to Habitat IV, Part II: How livelihoods can make or break the City of Tomorrow

By | 2017-10-14T15:37:33+00:00 January 12th 2017|Categories: DECENT WORK, GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Part I presented two subsequent paradigms related to the world of work, Fordism and Post-Fordism. Subsequently, it was argued that there are two contrasting trends in the world of (urban) labour: flexibility and stability. This is the second and concluding part of the article, which includes considerations about policies.

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From Blade Runner to Habitat IV – How livelihoods can make or break the City of Tomorrow

By | 2017-10-14T15:38:45+00:00 January 10th 2017|Categories: DECENT WORK, GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , , , , , |

"Our Struggle for Global Sustainability will be won or lost in cities", said Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations. The present article argues that our struggle for good urbanisation will be won or lost depending on the opportunities and conditions of work.

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Habitat III – Looking back on a milestone in the global urban development debate

By | 2017-10-14T15:53:56+00:00 November 1st 2016|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , , , |

On October 20, 2016, the New Urban Agenda was adopted, setting the priorities and expectations for the next 20 years of urban development against the backdrop of growing urbanisation. The Habitat III conference in Quito, which hosted a vast array of events besides the official negotiations reflected the themes of the New Urban Agenda and the hopes attached to it. Here is a review of the events and atmosphere in Quito.

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Impressions of Habitat III

By | 2017-10-14T15:55:40+00:00 October 28th 2016|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , |

After Habitat III, we want to look back on the exciting week of the conference: URBANET has put together some visual impressions for those who did not have the chance to be there, but also for those who attended and brought great memories home with them. Enjoy!

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“We need political commitment by national and local governments”

By | 2017-10-14T15:55:55+00:00 October 24th 2016|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , |

Now that the New Urban Agenda has been adopted, everyone is talking about implementation. URBANET talked to GIZ’s Günter Meinert about what it takes to make the New Urban Agenda a reality.

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Live from Quito, Day 4: Closing Day

By | 2017-10-14T15:56:15+00:00 October 21st 2016|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , , |

Yesterday, the Habitat III conference came to an end. As a milestone for sustainable urban development, the delegates adopted the New Urban Agenda. Read URBANET's full report on Quito, Day 4!

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Live from Quito, Day 3: Partnerships, Smart Cities, and urban-rural linkages

By | 2017-10-14T15:56:28+00:00 October 20th 2016|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Yesterday at Habitat III, Sarah Nandudu from Slum Dwellers International and Mayor Manuel Fernando Velarde Dellepiane of San Isidro district in Lima, Peru, talked about networking and Smart Cities. To find out what else happened, read URBANET's report on the events of the third day of the conference!

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Live from Quito, Day 1: The official opening of Habitat III

By | 2017-10-14T15:56:51+00:00 October 18th 2016|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , |

Habitat III, the long-awaited global conference on urbanisation, was officially opened on Monday morning. Read URBANET's report on the first day of the conference!

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Transforming transport: A new initiative for sustainable urban mobility was launched in Quito

By | 2017-10-14T15:57:15+00:00 October 18th 2016|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , , |

At Habitat III, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) presented a new initiative to tackle the dire need for worldwide sustainable urban mobility solutions. With the “Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI)”, the Ministry and its partners are planning to support cities on their route to make accessible, sustainable transport available to their citizens.

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After Habitat III – How to implement the New Urban Agenda

By | 2017-10-14T15:57:27+00:00 October 17th 2016|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , , |

The official Habitat III conference has not yet started, but a whole range of initiatives and representatives of organisations already shared their views on how to implement the New Urban Agenda once it has been adopted.

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“It’s a voluntary agreement, it depends on us”

By | 2017-10-14T15:57:40+00:00 October 16th 2016|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , , |

At the "Co-producing sustainable cities?" conference in September 2016, we talked to Günter Meinert of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ GmbH) about his hopes for the Quito conference.

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Quito Side Event: Follow-up and Review of the New Urban Agenda

By | 2017-10-17T17:07:12+00:00 October 14th 2016|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , |

On Monday, 17 October 2016, from 3 pm – 4:15 pm, the Quito side event "Follow-up and Review of the New Urban Agenda" is taking place. The panel discussion will bring together stakeholders, experts and decision-makers to discuss options for follow-up and review (FUR) of the New Urban Agenda (NUA). The panel discussion will be moderated by William Cobbett, with Rafael Tuts (tbc), Sirly Castro Tuirán, and Dr. Peter Kurz as discussants. Come and join us!

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