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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Making a world without HIV by 2030 possible: Mayors and local governments as change agents

By | 2017-09-26T14:47:50+00:00 September 26th 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

HIV/AIDS continues to be a major health crisis around the world, especially in cities. As part of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Alliance of Mayors and Municipal Leaders on HIV/AIDS in Africa has vouched to eliminate AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. Titus James Twesige explains the situation in Uganda and why mayors can drive positive change.

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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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“Local governments know the reality of their cities” – An Interview with Johana Hernández from the Northern Public Transport Company, Ecuador

By | 2017-10-14T15:31:36+00:00 February 7th 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, URBAN MOBILITY|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Many cities are facing traffic-related problems and are trying to find solutions that take into consideration the local conditions. Sometimes, these solutions clash with problem solving approaches by central governments. In her interview with URBANET, Johana Hernández from the Northern Public Transport Company in Ecuador talks about such challenges and her visions for inclusive mobility.

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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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The challenge of changing travel behaviours

By | 2017-10-14T15:40:45+00:00 December 20th 2016|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, URBAN MOBILITY|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Urban travel requirements are constantly changing, and so are the challenges that cities face in keeping their inhabitants mobile. In an interview with URBANET, Roger Behrens (University of Cape Town) talks about the importance of accessibility, the challenges for local governments and the changing travel dynamics in South Africa.

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“I want to stay.” New perspectives for migrants and refugees in Morocco

By | 2017-10-14T15:41:42+00:00 December 14th 2016|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, INCLUSION|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In a four-part series, URBANET takes a closer look at specific projects that contribute to making cities more liveable. This third part describes efforts to better integrate and reintegrate migrants, refugees and returning migrants into local life in Morocco.

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Spotlight on livable cities, Part II: The Changing Mechanisms of Planning

By | 2017-10-14T15:44:20+00:00 November 23rd 2016|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, HOUSING & INFORMALITY, INTEGRATED PLANNING|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

What do cities in India need to be more livable? In the four part series "Spotlight on livable cities", ISOCARP Vice-President Shipra Narang Suri aims to answer this question by approaching it from various angles, giving examples from different areas of urban planning. In this second part, she talks about urban building master plans, the land housing market in India's cities and the urban poor.

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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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Voices on Habitat, Part II

By | 2017-10-14T16:07:30+00:00 September 30th 2016|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , |

In the run-up to the German Habitat Forum in June 2016, people from all over the world were asked how they imagine the city of the future, what they expected from local, national and international authorities for their city, and how their city has evolved. The series "Voice on Habitat" projects an image of the

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Urban Governance for Sustainable Global Development: From the SDGs to the New Urban Agenda 

By | 2017-10-14T16:08:31+00:00 September 23rd 2016|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , |

“Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” - this is the call to action formulated in Sustainable Development Goal 11. Although this reflects an awareness of urban governance issues in regard to sustainable development, our author argues that many of these issues are still neglected and need to be further elaborated.

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Voices on Habitat, Part I

By | 2017-10-14T16:08:46+00:00 September 21st 2016|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , |

In the run-up to the German Habitat Forum in June 2016, people from all over the world were asked how they imagine the city of the future, what they expected from local, national and international authorities for their city, and how their city has evolved. The series "Voice on Habitat" projects an image of the issues that the New Urban Agenda has to tackle, and gives a voice to the people who will be directly affected by its implementation.

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“Successful cities need to be governed, not just administrated”

By | 2017-10-14T16:10:04+00:00 September 14th 2016|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES, GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, URBAN & METROPOLITAN GOVERNANCE|Tags: , , , , |

Commentary by Dr. Christoph Beier, Vice-Chair of the GIZ Management Board.

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