About Gregory Scruggs

Gregory Scruggs writes about cities and culture. He was formerly a senior correspondent with Citiscope, where he covered the global debate leading up to the United Nations Habitat III Summit, for which a won a United Nations Correspondents Association Award in 2017. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

San Francisco Climate Summit Not Global Enough for Developing World Leaders

By |2018-09-18T08:56:03+00:00September 17th 2018|climate change & resilience, global urban debates, urban & metropolitan governance, Tags: , , |

For three days San Francisco became a climate change hub, filled with conferences and workshops. Still the Global Climate Action Summit turned out to be focused on the cities of the Global North.

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Climate Dance in San Francisco

By |2018-09-18T08:56:39+00:00September 11th 2018|climate change & resilience, global urban debates, urban & metropolitan governance, Tags: , , |

This month, representatives of subnational governments are getting together at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. They are hoping to push national governments to adopt more ambitious climate targets.

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All WUFed out, but what comes next?

By |2018-02-13T13:03:35+00:00February 13th 2018|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 Urban Agenda implementation slow, if not steady

By |2018-02-09T10:16:06+00:00February 9th 2018|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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World Urban Forum will set stage for a busy 2018

By |2018-02-07T13:52:50+00:00January 30th 2018|global urban debates, Tags: , , , , , , , |

Around 20,000 urbanists are poised to gather in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for the ninth session of the World Urban Forum. However, WUF9’s preparations for a quadrennial report will not be taking place in a vacuum. The conference comes only at the beginning of a busy year, writes Gregory Scruggs.

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