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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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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Sustainability in the urban realm – current challenges in the German context

By | 2017-10-14T15:12:54+00:00 June 1st 2017|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , |

The factory and power plant chimneys which once belched smoke, blighting our urban landscapes, have largely disappeared. Our rivers are no longer open sewers, and quality of urban life has improved immeasurably. Where centres of heavy industry once polluted the environment, there are now eco-friendly cities – like Essen, the European Green Capital. So is it all good in Germany? This question was also discussed at the Annual Conference of the German Council for Sustainable Development on 29 May.

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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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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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