Paving the way for sustainable urban mobility: TUMI celebrates one-year anniversary

By | 2017-10-17T15:16:45+00:00 October 17th 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, URBAN MOBILITY|Tags: , , , , , |

From Cairo to Brasilia to Kaohsiung: the TUMI initiative offers exciting opportunities for international collaboration and learning on sustainable urban mobility. Launched at Habitat III last year, TUMI now celebrates its one-year anniversary. For URBANET, Armin Wagner takes stock of what has been achieved so far.

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Curiosity and caution: How should cities approach autonomous driving?

By | 2017-10-14T14:49:10+00:00 October 10th 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, URBAN MOBILITY|Tags: , , , , , |

Is autonomous driving the eco-friendly future of urban mobility? Many advocates of this new technology seem to be convinced of it. However, there may be downsides to the use of autonomous vehicles. With the Ecomobility World Festival and Congress 2017 taking place this month in Kaohsiung, URBANET's authors Monika Zimmermann and Michael Glotz-Richter assess the pro and con arguments and call for cities to approach autonomous transport with caution.

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Disorder in Public Transportation in Major Cities of Sub-Saharan Africa: The case of Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

By | 2017-10-14T15:03:14+00:00 August 22nd 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, URBAN MOBILITY|Tags: , , , , |

Like most major cities in Sub-Saharan Africa, Abidjan has a traffic problem: Congestion, pollution and extortion amongst public transport providers means that the basic service of mobility can only be provided to citizens on a limited scale. Alexis Gueu analyses the situation.

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Make or break: How the city of tomorrow will shape our future

By | 2017-10-25T21:56:29+00:00 August 15th 2017|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , , , , |

"Building cities able to accommodate half a billion people over the next 30 years is one of the biggest transformations of our planet and we have to get it right", Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General stated at the Langenburg Forum for Sustainability. Read the full speech here on URBANET

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“Transport as usual is not an option”

By | 2017-10-14T15:12:15+00:00 June 6th 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, URBAN MOBILITY|Tags: , , , , , |

More than 80 transport practitioners engaged in TUMI Conference on Urban Mobility Governance at the side of the International Transport Summit 2017. Read Mathias Merforth and Sophia Sünder's report about the event on URBANET.

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How sustainable mobility can transform Africa’s cities

By | 2017-10-14T15:13:35+00:00 May 31st 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, URBAN MOBILITY|Tags: , , , , , , |

Over the next 15 years, African cities will add 300 million new urban residents—fully two-thirds above today’s urban population. This unprecedented demographic shift presents a tremendous opportunity for economic uplift and poverty reduction, but these benefits hinge on the ability of African cities to dramatically improve the delivery of infrastructure and services to drive future growth.

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“In terms of speed, there is no one-size-fits-all solution” – Interview with Carlos Pardo from Despacio

By | 2017-10-14T15:18:27+00:00 April 25th 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, URBAN MOBILITY|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In his interview with URBANET, Carlos Pardo talks about urban roads shared equally by cyclists, pedestrians and drivers, that we can save money by slowing down traffic and how we can convince people to act more environmentally friendly.

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Making Cities Safer for Women and Girls, Part II

By | 2017-10-14T15:27:38+00:00 March 9th 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, INCLUSION, PUBLIC SPACES|Tags: , , , , , |

The experiences of women and girls in cities, and their use of the city and its public spaces, are strongly impacted by their gender. Violence and the threat of violence is a pervasive problem that affects communities and cities everywhere. In their two-part contribution, our authors Kathryn Travers, Margaret Shaw, and Kassandra McCleery analyse the gendered realities of urban space and how to make it safer and inclusive for all urban citizens.

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Making Cities Safer for Women and Girls, Part I

By | 2017-10-14T15:28:07+00:00 March 8th 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, INCLUSION|Tags: , , , , , , |

The experiences of women and girls in cities, and their use of the city and its public spaces, are strongly impacted by their gender. Violence and the threat of violence is a pervasive problem that affects communities and cities everywhere. In their two-part contribution, our authors Kathryn Travers, Margaret Shaw, and Kassandra McCleery analyse the gendered realities of urban space and how to make it safer and inclusive for all urban citizens.

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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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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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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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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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Towards a Global Transition in Urban Transport Concepts

By | 2017-10-14T15:58:16+00:00 October 14th 2016|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, URBAN MOBILITY|Tags: , , , |

Rapid urbanisation comes with growing volumes of traffic and air pollution, which creates an urgent need for sustainable and integrated urban mobility solutions. To find such solutions is one of the key goals that the German Development Cooperation wants to achieve in the Habitat III process. A newly published brochure lays out the ideas of how to get there.

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