What characterises an ideal city, and how do we get there?

By | 2017-06-22T10:53:30+00:00 June 22nd 2017|Categories: REALISING INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , , , |

What do we envision the ideal city of the future to be like? How can we approach such an ideal in urban planning? According to Marco Dall’Orso, the (re)creation of urban environments needs to balance and integrate multiple strategies. Taking into account the quality of the socio-economic and built-natural environment, he develops a framework that can be used to analyse a city’s strengths, weaknesses, and possible trajectories for future development.

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“I think the Smart Cities are on the right track” – An interview with GP Hari, Kochi Metro Rail Ltd.

By | 2017-05-20T11:51:46+00:00 April 28th 2017|Categories: REALISING INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT, STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS|Tags: , , , , , , |

The city of Kochi in India is a Smart City, meaning that it is well connected and accessible, and over time is being developed into a clean, green and healthy city that is governed in a smart way. In an interview with URBANET, GP Hari from Kochi Metro Rail Ltd talks about how the city is tackling the Smart City approach and what the future might bring.

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Life in African Cities | Infographics

By | 2017-05-20T11:51:46+00:00 April 5th 2017|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , , , |

Are African cities cheap or expensive for their inhabitants? And by how much do cities grow each year? The URBANET infographics on African cities provide key figures and numbers on some interesting trends concerning urban life and development.

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“It’s a voluntary agreement, it depends on us”

By | 2017-05-20T11:51:57+00:00 October 16th 2016|Categories: HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA|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 challenges in achieving sustainable urban development for cities in Ghana

By | 2017-05-20T11:52:03+00:00 August 9th 2016|Categories: ENABLING CONDITIONS, STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS|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 | 2017-05-20T11:52:03+00:00 July 25th 2016|Categories: STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS, STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS|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 | 2017-05-20T11:52:03+00:00 July 21st 2016|Categories: ENABLING CONDITIONS, STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS|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 | 2017-05-20T11:52:03+00:00 July 21st 2016|Categories: ENABLING CONDITIONS, STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS|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 | 2017-05-20T11:52:03+00:00 July 21st 2016|Categories: STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS, STRENGTHENING FINANCING|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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How partnerships can help cities make the New Urban Agenda a reality

By | 2017-05-20T11:52:03+00:00 July 21st 2016|Categories: STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS, STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS|Tags: , , , , |

The vibrant, multi-level partnerships that have been formed in Accra through the Cities Alliance Land, Services and Citizenship programme show why inclusive partnerships are our best chance of achieving sustainable development.

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Integrated capacity building for urban governance, planning and management

By | 2017-05-20T11:52:03+00:00 July 21st 2016|Categories: ENABLING CONDITIONS, STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS|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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Shortcut: The Berlin Recommendations for the Cities of Tomorrow

By | 2017-05-20T11:52:03+00:00 July 21st 2016|Categories: HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA|Tags: , , , |

In the course of the German Habitat Forum taking place on 1 and 2 June 2016 in Berlin the so called “Berlin Recommendations” were developed and ultimately passed by more than 1000 participants from 74 countries. Here are the recommendations in short.

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“Cities are the future driving force in Asia”

By | 2017-05-20T11:52:04+00:00 July 21st 2016|Categories: STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS, STRENGTHENING FINANCING|Tags: , , , , , |

There is no shortage of ideas for sustainable development projects in Asia. However, often the financial resources provided for environmental and climate protection projects as well as waste water, energy or infrastructure projects is scarce. The Cities Development Initiative for ASIA (CDIA) supports Asian cities in finding investors and building their infrastructure. In an interview with Urbanet CDIA-Coordinator for GIZ Claudia Hermes explains how the CDIA works and what the idea behind it is.

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