Implementing a Nexus Approach to Sustainable Development in Urban Areas

By | 2018-04-17T11:05:33+00:00 April 17th 2018|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT, URBAN NEXUS|Tags: , , , , , |

This April, the second Nexus Conference will focus on the links and trade-offs between water, energy, and food—the “nexus”—in urban areas. Cities are at the forefront of the climate challenge and the heart of the global economy, so they are critical to implementing an integrated approach to meeting the SDGs and building climate resilience.

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“Climate change and gender issues cannot be taken apart” – an interview with Laids Mias-Cea from UN-Habitat (video)

By | 2018-03-08T13:36:01+00:00 March 7th 2018|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES, INCLUSION|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

What are the linkages between climate change and gender? Why are women and youth particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change? And how can we create an enabling environment that allows women and youth to participate in climate decision making? URBANET talked to Maria Adelaida “Laids” Mias-Cea, Regional Coordinator of UN-Habitat’s Cities and Climate Change Initiative (CCCI). Check out her video on the occasion of this year’s International Women’s Day.

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“In urban policy we need to get to where climate policy is today” (video)

By | 2018-02-22T10:43:39+00:00 February 22nd 2018|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, URBAN & METROPOLITAN GOVERNANCE|Tags: , , , , , , |

The issue of urbanisation is gaining attention and cities are increasingly recognised as having a crucial role to play in achieving sustainable development. However, urban development has yet to become an integral part of the global political agenda. URBANET talked to Ani Dasgupta, Global Director of the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, about what needs to change to make urban development a political priority.

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All WUFed out, but what comes next?

By | 2018-02-13T13:03:35+00:00 February 13th 2018|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES, URBAN & METROPOLITAN GOVERNANCE|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Ninth Session of the World Urban Forum has been closed today. Gregory Scruggs looks ahead and points out what tracks to follow that started at WUF9, concerning collect city-level data and the follow-up and review processes.

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New Report Explores How Cities Can Participate in the Follow-up and Review of Global Sustainability Agendas

By | 2018-02-12T10:39:16+00:00 February 12th 2018|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES, URBAN & METROPOLITAN GOVERNANCE|Tags: , , , , , |

At the Ninth Session of the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Cities Alliance has launched a new report that aims to help local and regional governments understand how they can participate in the follow-up and review process for global urban sustainability and climate agendas.

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New Urban Agenda implementation slow, if not steady

By | 2018-02-09T10:16:06+00:00 February 9th 2018|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES, URBAN & METROPOLITAN GOVERNANCE|Tags: , , , , , |

As the ninth session of the World Urban Forum gets into full swing in the humid heat of Kuala Lumpur, it has become increasingly clear that progress toward achieving the lofty ambitions of the New Urban Agenda has so far been slow, writes Gregory Scruggs. Fifteen months after Habitat III wrapped up in Quito, there is much talk of frameworks and action plans, but little in the way of fresh deliverables.

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The city of Yangzhou rebuilds its past to ensure a bright future

By | 2018-02-07T09:25:47+00:00 February 6th 2018|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES, INTEGRATED PLANNING|Tags: , , , , , |

Preserving cultural heritage while upgrading urban areas can be a challenging task for cities. Analyn Rubenecia and Chenzi Yiyang describe how the city of Yangzhou, China, designed its urban renewable project with an integrated approach. This puts Yangzhou on the right track toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Cities for a better world (video)

By | 2018-02-06T00:11:17+00:00 February 5th 2018|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, STÄDTE ALS AKTEURE STÄRKEN, URBAN & METROPOLITAN GOVERNANCE|Tags: , , , , , , |

Cities are irrefutably linked to human history and development. To learn more about the relevance of cities for global sustainable development and for achieving a better world, URBANET provides you with a short explainer video by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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Antananarivo, Madagascar: Partnership for water access transformation

By | 2017-12-14T15:43:24+00:00 December 14th 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, WATER & SANITATION|Tags: , , , , , , |

In order to reach the Sustainable Development Goals related to water, sanitation and hygiene, the government of Madagascar has drawn up an action plan and commissioned JIRAMA, the country’s state-owned electricity and water provider, to improve access to safe water supply.

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Towards sustainable cities: Implementing the NDCs and SDGs at the local level

By | 2017-11-20T16:48:54+00:00 November 15th 2017|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Cities and urban settlements play a key role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the commitments of the Paris Agreement. Nathaly Arguto and Stella Schroeder cast a spotlight on projects from Latin America, the region with the highest rate of urbanisation in the world, that contribute to implementing the global agendas for sustainability.

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Sustainable development in the metropolitan century: where do we stand one year after Habitat III?

By | 2017-10-27T17:12:12+00:00 October 27th 2017|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , , , , |

One year has passed since the historic adoption of the New Urban Agenda, two since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda. Is the implementation of the agendas on track? What are obstacles and how can we improve the process?

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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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