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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“Create housing as a solution” – An interview with Ani Dasgupta, global director of WRI Ross Centre for Sustainable Cities

By | 2017-10-14T15:34:10+00:00 January 25th 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES, HOUSING & INFORMALITY|Tags: , , , , |

What are the most pressing issues in low income housing? How can cities be given better opportunities to realise sustainable development? What are the key issues of sustainable urban development? Ani Dasgupta, Global Director of the WRI Ross Centre for Sustainable Cities, spoke to URBANET about how to tackle these questions and why scaling and counting are important when working towards sustainable urban development.

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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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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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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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Youth: Habitat III’s Force to Be Reckoned With

By | 2017-10-14T16:12:48+00:00 August 30th 2016|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES, GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, PARTICIPATION|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The UN Major Group for Children and Youth is the officially mandated space for young people to participate in UN processes. How does their involvement play out in regard to the Habitat III negotiations and the New Urban Agenda? And what are their demands?

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