Monuments for Our Neighbourhood: How Urban Conservation Contributes to Liveable Cities

By |2019-11-12T12:07:26+01:00November 12th 2019|global urban debates, , , |

How does the preservation of cultural heritage link to a city's well-being? May al-Ibrashy, coordinator of Cairo-based initiative Athar Lina, describes how urban conservation can become a tool for urban development.

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Setting the Stage for the Next Frontier of the Municipal Movement

By |2019-11-07T09:31:46+01:00November 7th 2019|global urban debates, , , , |

In the spirit of equality, Durban will be the theatre of the largest gathering and most important triennial event for cities and local and regional governments across the world: the 2019 UCLG World Congress and World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders. Responding to the current main challenges that are facing local or regional governments from around the world, the summit will put equality, and in particular, gender equality, at the heart of its ambitious programme.

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Cultivating Urban Queer Inclusivity in Berlin, Nairobi, and Santiago

By |2019-11-05T10:01:19+01:00November 5th 2019|global urban debates, , , |

“Queer cities” and queer urban spaces can accelerate inclusivity and safety for all. This article by Katie Cashman and Waldo Soto relates queer expression to urban life by way of the impressions of queer* citizens in three cities: Santiago, Berlin, and Nairobi.

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Infographics: Urban Development in Egypt

By |2019-10-22T11:22:16+02:00October 22nd 2019|global urban debates, , , , , |

URBANET's latest infographic series takes you to Egypt, offers interesting facts and figures about urbanisation and urban development – in a country that already saw cities and urban life 5,500 years ago. Urban and Rural Population The graphic displays the growth of Egypt's rural and urban population. Today, more Egyptians are living in rural

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Beyond Urban: City-Region Food Systems for Resilient and Sustainable Development

By |2019-10-21T09:48:16+02:00October 17th 2019|climate change & resilience, global urban debates, , , |

A large share of the world's population lives in urban areas, making cities a major cause of climate change. Food is especially relevant in this regard, calling for strategies that make food systems contribute to urban resilience. How this may look like can be seen when looking at the City Regions Food System presented by Michela Carucci, Roman Malec, and Guido Santini.

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Localizing Global Agendas

By |2019-09-25T11:13:51+02:00September 25th 2019|climate change & resilience, global urban debates, , , , , , |

The 2019 SDG Summit will mark the first quadrennial review of the 2030 Agenda. It assesses where we are, how far we have come since its adoption – and what needs to be done, as we enter the next decade, to achieve the ambitious global goals to leave no one and no place behind.

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UN-Habitat Working with Partners and City Leaders on Climate Action

By |2019-09-23T08:46:42+02:00September 19th 2019|climate change & resilience, global urban debates, , , |

With the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit up ahead next week, UN-Habitat's Executive Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif explains why ambitious climate action depends on cities and presents four new initiatives, which will be launched at the Summit.

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Building Community in the East of Mexico City

By |2019-09-17T10:49:57+02:00September 17th 2019|global urban debates, , , , |

In neglected parts of Mexico City, the work of the NGO ENSAMBLE shows how investing into community and togetherness can change poor urban areas for the better, including all residents in a highly participative process.

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Infographics: Urbanisation and Urban Development in Mexico

By |2019-08-27T11:23:55+02:00August 27th 2019|global urban debates, , , , , , |

It is well-known that Mexico City counts among the five largest cities in the world. Yet, the history of urbanisation in the country has more interesting facts to offer. Learn more in URBANET’s latest series of infographics.

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‘Leaving No-One Behind’ in Urban Climate Actions

By |2019-07-23T12:06:18+02:00July 23rd 2019|climate change & resilience, global urban debates, , , , |

Home to an increasing majority of the world’s population, cities are at the forefront of the fight against climate change and rising inequality. While it is recognised that these challenges need to be tackled together, one can also witness a growing awareness of the trade-offs that can occur in cases when urban climate projects insufficiently cater for the needs of vulnerable communities. Mathilde Bouyé and Delfina Grinspan outline how climate projects need to be designed in order to leave no one behind.

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Mumbai’s Young People Stake Their Claim to Play

By |2019-07-02T10:01:29+02:00July 2nd 2019|global urban debates, , , , , |

Mumbai, as many other Indian cities, has failed to provide its children and youth with open spaces for playing. But there is a growing movement that demands its right to play – with considerable success, as Doel Jaikishen from Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action (YUVA) writes.

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Innovation for Better Quality of Life in Cities and Communities: First UN-Habitat Assembly

By |2019-05-31T10:33:24+02:00May 31st 2019|global urban debates, , , , , , |

From 27-31 May 2019, the first UN-Habitat assembly is taking place in Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi. Reuben Kyama reports directly from the conference.

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Infographics: Urban Development in Viet Nam

By |2019-09-03T11:28:05+02:00May 2nd 2019|basic infrastructure & housing, global urban debates, green & smart development, housing & informality, , , , , , |

URBANET’s latest infographic series with interesting facts and figures about urbanisation and urban development in Viet Nam.

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COP24: What Does it Mean for Cities and Regions?

By |2018-12-17T15:14:22+01:00December 17th 2018|climate change & resilience, global urban debates, governance & finance, , , , , , , |

COP24 in Katowice, Poland, has come to an end. Environmental journalist Lou del Bello sums up what its outcomes hold for cities and regions.

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Migration: An Essential Pillar of Human Civilisation

By |2018-12-11T10:44:57+01:00December 11th 2018|global urban debates, , , |

Migration has always been a catalyst of knowledge, of culture, of science – an aspect that often goes unmentioned in the recent, heated debates on migration. On the occasion of the Global Compact for Migration, Christopher Dekki outlines how important migration is to urban areas, while at the same time emphasising the role cities and communities have to play in these dynamics.

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