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Spotlight on: cop27

COP27: Equipping Today’s Cities for Tomorrow’s Climate Crises

By |2022-11-22T09:26:54+01:00November 21st 2022|Global Urban Debates, , , , |

Lou Del Bello reports from COP27 and highlights some of the key topics, such as the war in Ukraine and the Summary for Urban Policymakers. The 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference was held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

Spotlight on: COP27

Needing No Less Than a Revolution – Building For a Sustainable Future Climate

By |2022-11-10T13:56:23+01:00November 8th 2022|Climate Change & Resilience, Global Urban Debates, , , , , |

To get cities back on track to avoid building towards a climate crisis, actions must start today. Donovan Storey and Etta Madete Mukuba on sustainable design principles, alternative building materials, and technologies.

Spotlight on: Risk and Crisis Management

The Global Housing Crisis: A Crisis Unlike Any Other

By |2022-10-25T13:26:13+02:00October 25th 2022|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Global Urban Debates, , , |

Echoes of the same story can be heard in cities across the globe – homelessness is on the rise and the cost of housing is increasing at an alarming rate while the availability of decent housing dwindles. Kirsten McRae with recent statistics on the global housing crisis and why we should no longer financialise our most basic human good.

Spotlight on: Risk and Crisis Management

From Burden to Economic Asset: Palestine Refugee Camps in Jordan

By |2022-10-20T14:08:41+02:00October 20th 2022|Economic Development, Global Urban Debates, , , , |

When faced with stereotypical images of refugee camps as isolated places without ways of contribution or interaction the example of Palestine refugee camp Marka proves these expectations wrong. Dina Dahood Dabash sheds light on factors that contributed to the current agency of the Marka camp in Jordan.

Spotlight on: Risk and Crisis Management

Designing Urban Resilience to Confront a Risky World

By |2022-10-04T10:54:16+02:00October 4th 2022|Climate Change & Resilience, Global Urban Debates, , , |

Building-in the ability of city institutions and infrastructure to anticipate, respond to, bounce back, and learn from shocks and stresses is more essential than ever. By Robert Muggah, Co-Founder of one of the world's leading social policy think tanks.

Spotlight on: Young Voices

Leave No One Behind – A Promise to the Urban Poorest

By |2022-08-23T10:55:41+02:00August 23rd 2022|Global Urban Debates, Youth & Gender, , , , , |

Leave on one behind is a catchy phrase which is used in various contexts so often that one might forget it is also a promise. One that is unfulfilled, Franka Bernreiter argues and reminds us that neither slums nor the responsibility to create sustainable cities are exclusive to the Global South.

Spotlight on: Young Voices

Empowering the Next Generation of Urban Changemakers

By |2022-09-06T17:31:40+02:00August 19th 2022|Global Urban Debates, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, Youth & Gender, , , , |

Young people have fantastic ideas how to create liveable cities of the future - we need an environment that fosters their creativity, says Mario Raimundi Pruss from the Young City Makers Programme.

The World Cities Report – Which Road Will We Take?

By |2022-08-16T10:14:52+02:00August 16th 2022|Climate Change & Resilience, Global Urban Debates, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

Ben Arimah presents UN-Habitat’s World Cities Report 2022, the crossroads we're at, and the options we've got.

SPOTLIGHT ON: WORLD URBAN FORUM

World Urban Forum 11: Now is the Time to Transform National Urban Policies into Local Action

By |2022-07-04T12:15:04+02:00July 4th 2022|Global Urban Debates, |

Laura Puttkamer concludes URBANET’s spotlight on the eleventh session of the World Urban Forum in Katowice, Poland.

SPOTLIGHT ON: WORLD URBAN FORUM

Transforming Our Cities for a Better Urban Future: Can We?

By |2022-06-28T09:19:00+02:00June 28th 2022|Climate Change & Resilience, Global Urban Debates, , , , |

Climate change is the biggest challenge our cities are currently facing. Lance Jay Brown on the urgent need to transform them – and on the many ideas on how to do it.

SPOTLIGHT ON: WORLD URBAN FORUM

The World Needs to Get to Grips With Urban Crisis Response

By |2022-06-28T13:45:26+02:00June 17th 2022|Global Urban Debates, , , |

Filiep Decorte, Director for Emergency Response, UN-Habitat, outlines how WUF11 has adapted its programme in response to the war in Ukraine.

SPOTLIGHT ON: WORLD URBAN FORUM

Transforming Cities for a Liveable Future for All

By |2022-06-14T09:03:59+02:00June 14th 2022|Global Urban Debates, , , , |

Making cities liveable for all remains one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. By Ingolf Dietrich, Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany.

SPOTLIGHT ON: WORLD URBAN FORUM

WUF11: Transforming our Cities for a Better Urban Future

By |2022-06-07T10:20:51+02:00June 7th 2022|Global Urban Debates, , , , |

Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), invites you to the 11th edition of the most important global conference on sustainable urbanisation.

SPOTLIGHT ON: LIVEABLE CITES

Conceptualising The Liveable African City

By |2022-05-03T11:28:38+02:00May 3rd 2022|Global Urban Debates, Housing & Informality, , , , , |

What does liveability mean from an African cities' perspective and how do we get there? Taibat Lawanson presents an unconventional and compelling take on this question.

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