Infrastructure and SDGs in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

By |2019-04-30T08:44:32+02:00April 30th 2019|basic infrastructure & housing, governance & finance, , , , , , ,

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, commits to implementation of the SDGs. To this end, the city focusses on sustainable construction, always ensuring to align the SDGs with national policies.

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COP24: Outcomes Strengthen Multilevel Governance for Raising Ambition

By |2019-03-28T11:43:01+02:00March 28th 2019|climate change & resilience, governance & finance, , , ,

Multilevel governance is essential to the implementation of resilient infrastructure in cities around the world. For our spotlight on urban infrastructure, Jisun Hwang, Senior Climate Advocacy and Policy Officer at ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, sums up what COP24 holds for local governments' resilience strategies.

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Promoting Innovative Financing Solutions for Cities

By |2019-03-14T13:36:29+02:00March 14th 2019|climate change & resilience, governance & finance, municipal & climate finance, , , ,

About 75 per cent of the infrastructure that needs to be in place by 2050 does not exist today. Getting such an immense scale of infrastructure development right will be critical to whether or not the world locks into a high- or low-carbon growth path. The newly established City Finance Lab tries to contribute innovative, replicable and scalable solutions to reach this ambitious goal.

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Urban Futures: Youth Participation in the Baltics and the Balkans

By |2019-02-19T10:37:37+02:00February 19th 2019|governance & finance, , , , ,

Citizen participation in urban planning is a quite new concept to begin with. And, even if implemented, cities often neglect to extend the concept to those, whose lives will be most affected by a city's development: Youth

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COP24: What Does it Mean for Cities and Regions?

By |2018-12-17T15:14:22+02:00December 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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Lagos: The Gaps Between Urban Policy and Urban Reality

By |2018-10-30T11:24:28+02:00October 30th 2018|governance & finance, mutli stakeholder partnerships, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , ,

In Lagos, Nigeria, Public Private Partnerships (PPP) are common in urban planning projects. But whom do they benefit: people or profit? Dr Taibat Lawanson argues that the city's urban development strategy focusses too much on PPPs and thus favours profit over people – and calls to the state government to shift its focus back to a policy that benefits all citizens.

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SDG Indicators for Municipalities

By |2018-10-10T09:23:35+02:00October 10th 2018|governance & finance, mutli stakeholder partnerships, Uncategorized, , , ,

While the SDGs represent truly global goals, their implementation relies on local efforts. The initiative “SDG Indicators for Municipalities” by various stakeholders in Germany offers an extremely useful tool that allows to measure progress while paying attention to the specifics of individual municipalities.

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Infographics: Urban Development in Brazil

By |2018-10-23T10:06:23+02:00September 13th 2018|global urban debates, governance & finance, housing & informality, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , , ,

URBANET’s latest infographic series provides you with interesting facts and figures about urbanisation in Brazil.

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Mexico: Climate Finance from State to Municipal Level

By |2018-08-29T13:49:34+02:00August 29th 2018|governance & finance, municipal & climate finance, , , ,

Fulfilling Mexico’s ambitious NDC depends largely on the ability of subnational entities to mitigate climate change. Emily Castro explains how the country approaches its goals.

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The Lagos Water Crisis: Any Role for the Private Sector?

By |2018-08-28T11:35:39+02:00August 28th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, governance & finance, urban & metropolitan governance, water & sanitation, , , , , ,

Lagos is suffering from severe water shortage due to profit-oriented politics. Akinbode Oluwafemi points out the conflicts and problems around the privatisation of the water sector and offers alternative solutions for one of the world’s most populous cities.

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Why the Smart Cities Movement Will Change Indian Cities Profoundly

By |2018-08-16T09:34:26+02:00August 14th 2018|global urban debates, governance & finance, smart & digital development, ,

The concept of 'smart cities' is celebrated globally as one solution to the problems of urbanisation. Jagan Shah argues that in India, the Smart Cities Mission helps to overcome outdated structures in urban planning and governance.

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Land Governance: Catalyst for Sustainable Urban Development

By |2018-08-02T15:37:15+02:00August 2nd 2018|global urban debates, governance & finance, , , , , ,

Without land reforms, sustainable urbanisation is set to fail, argues Danilo Antonio from UN-Habitat. In his article, he outlines the conflicting interests around land governance issues and points out ways to secure land access and property rights for all urban dwellers.

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Localisation is Mobilisation: The 2030 Agenda in Asia-Pacific

By |2018-07-23T12:46:15+02:00July 19th 2018|governance & finance, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , , ,

It is important to think locally when implementing the SDGs, argues Christopher Dekki. Countries in Asia-Pacific, such as Laos and Sri Lanka, are examples of this successful approach.

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“The SDGs Are Critical in Everything That We Do”

By |2018-07-12T15:20:35+02:00July 12th 2018|governance & finance, , , , ,

Political will is a huge factor for effective SDG implementation. Yet, it is equally important that people understand the SDGs as something that directly benefits their daily lives. We spoke to Dr. Isaac Mensa-Bonsu from Ghana’s National Development Planning Commission about their lessons learned in implementing the SDGs.

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Interview: The Power of Decentralisation

By |2018-07-12T15:21:16+02:00July 10th 2018|decentralisation, governance & finance, , , , , ,

Ghana is one of the frontrunner countries dedicated to implementing the SDGs. Highlighting the local perspective, one area of implementation is the revision of the country's National Urban Policy. URBANET spoke to Sylvanus K. Adzornu from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development about key drivers for successful implementation of SDGs.

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