Sustainable cities – towards a low-carbon and resilient future

By | 2017-11-09T15:06:06+00:00 November 9th 2017|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , , , , , |

What does a sustainable urban future look like? In a new video, municipal officials, urban experts and local residents from around the world talk about urban challenges, solutions for climate-friendly cities and future needs for low-carbon urban development.

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Voices on 1 year New Urban Agenda

By | 2017-10-25T16:19:15+00:00 October 19th 2017|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , , |

This month, the New Urban Agenda (NUA) celebrates its first anniversary. What has happened since its adoption at Habitat III in Quito? We asked Billy Cobbett (Cities Alliance), Mei Yi (Mayor of Jingdezhen, China), Eugénie L. Birch (Professor at the University of Pennsylvania), Yang Jun (Mayor of Suzhouto), María Alejandra Vicuña Muñoz (Minister of Urban Development and Housing of Ecuador) to take stock of the past 12 months’ implementation actions.

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Live from Quito, Day 2: Inter-municipal partnerships

By | 2017-10-14T15:56:38+00:00 October 19th 2016|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , , |

Strengthening cities as actors for sustainable development is one of the main targets of the New Urban Agenda. Inter-municipal partnerships, which enable cities to learn from each other, where at the heart of yesterday's discussions in Quito. Read URBANET's report to find out more!

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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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Learning from peers – Shaping Africa’s urban development

By | 2017-10-14T16:06:42+00:00 October 5th 2016|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, PEER-LEARNING & CO-PRODUCTION|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In September 2016, Cities Alliance organised a workshop in Accra, Ghana, to encourage mutual learning between Cities Alliance’s members and active partners in Africa and to create synergies and increase collaboration efforts. The official delegation from Mozambique used this opportunity for an extended study trip in order to exchange with their Ghanaian peers.

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“Participation is a prerequisite for sustainable urban development”

By | 2017-10-14T16:08:03+00:00 September 28th 2016|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, PARTICIPATION|Tags: , , , , , |

According to Franziska Schreiber and Kaj Fischer from the think tank adelphi, innovative participation processes make cities more livable. URBANET talked to both urbanisation experts about how municipalities and residents can work together to shape their city.

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New study: Follow-up and Review of the New Urban Agenda

By | 2017-10-14T16:11:47+00:00 September 6th 2016|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , |

Against the background of Habitat III in Quito in October, “Considerations for the Follow-up and Review of the New Urban Agenda” develops recommendations for the follow-up and review of the New Urban Agenda. These recommendations reflect lessons learned from relevant international agreements and urban initiatives, and also consider how all relevant actors can be encouraged to participate in the follow-up and review of the New Urban Agenda.

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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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Internally Generated Funds – How local governments in Ghana can generate their own money

By | 2017-10-14T16:14:38+00:00 August 11th 2016|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, MUNICIPAL & CLIMATE FINANCE|Tags: , , , , , , , |

A colourful video overview how local governments in Ghana can increase their Internally Generated Funds and what benefits they provide.

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The challenges in achieving sustainable urban development for cities in Ghana

By | 2017-10-14T16:15:16+00:00 August 9th 2016|Categories: DECENTRALISATION, GOVERNANCE & FINANCE|Tags: , , , , , , |

What are the challenges Ghanaian cities face in achieving sustainable development? Isaac Ashai Omdatten, Mayor of Tema, describes how he makes his city more livable.

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“One actor alone doesn’t have the solution” – leading urban change collectively

By | 2017-10-14T16:18:27+00:00 July 25th 2016|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, MULTI-STAKEHOLDER PARTNERSHIPS, PEER-LEARNING & CO-PRODUCTION|Tags: , , , , , , |

Multi-stakeholder partnerships and the capacity to lead change collectively are decisive if we aim for the creation of a sustainable urban future. In an interview with Urbanet, Petra Kuenkel, Executive Director of the Collective Leadership Institute, presented her insights on the success factors of urban development partnerships and their implications for the New Urban Agenda.

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The challenges of urbanisation – How cities have to reinvent themselves

By | 2017-10-14T16:19:00+00:00 July 21st 2016|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES, GOVERNANCE & FINANCE|Tags: , , , , , |

Across the world, people are relocating to cities. They are the places in which global challenges emerge, but at the same time, where change and progress are shaped. The New Urban Agenda has to support cities to fulfil their role as central actors for sustainable development.

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Creating an enabling environment for sustainable cities

By | 2017-10-14T16:19:23+00:00 July 21st 2016|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES, GOVERNANCE & FINANCE|Tags: , , , , , |

In many countries cities are struggling to satisfy even the basic needs of their population. Therefore, we need a more sober and objective assessment of the essential conditions that will need to be in place if cities are to properly perform the functions anticipated in the SDGs.

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Financing sustainable development: the role of cities as the key for necessary investments

By | 2017-10-17T17:10:46+00:00 July 21st 2016|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, URBAN & METROPOLITAN GOVERNANCE|Tags: , , , , , , |

In order for cities to be able to fulfil their role as actors and spaces for sustainable development, they require solid financing. The growing need for investment in respect of infrastructure poses a great challenge for cities across the globe to find new ways for them to be able to increase their often scarce resources.

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Integrated capacity building for urban governance, planning and management

By | 2017-10-14T16:21:41+00:00 July 21st 2016|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, INTEGRATED PLANNING|Tags: , , , , |

To create the best possible outcomes for city projects and planning, local governments need appropriate capacities at all levels. These capacities exist in different forms and in an urban context are arguably especially important on a local level.

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