India's ClimateSmart Cities Assessment Framework empowers cities to tackle climate change. It's a progressive initiative with tangible actions that aims to improve the lives of citizens while building resilience to climate-related shocks.
Green & Smart Development
The Western Balkans have been steadily working towards decarbonisation, a critical step for the region which relies heavily on coal. However, the region has faced several crises in recent times. Pippa Gallop of CEE Bankwatch Network offers a timely analysis of the Western Balkans' long-term planning for a just transition, including the role of the European Union.
Solar energy solutions need to be scaled up to address electricity shortages in both emergency and mid-term responses to the crisis in Ukraine. Vladlena Martsynkevych is convinced: Ukraine is ready for a better, greener future.
There is no panacea, no silver bullet: Only a holistic approach to technology and urban mobility will ensure sustainable transport for the sake of people and planet. Led by the Egyptian COP27 Presidency, the Low Carbon Transport for Urban Sustainability (LOTUS) initiative was launched. By Christopher Dekki
Grzegorz Puda, Polish Minister of Development Funds and Regional Policy, writes on how Polish cities have managed to transform into friendly metropolises bustling with city life. What were the development paths, how did they learn to capitalise on their advantages? Those questions will certainly be among topics that Poland will be presenting at the World Urban Forum (WUF) in Katowice.
The COVID-19 pandemic and its lockdowns have put immense pressure on global logistics: movement came to a halt while demand for goods remained the same. How can this demand be met in cities without causing a traffic nightmare – especially thinking about last mile deliveries? Payal Pandya shares some ideas from Dublin, Ireland.
For Cities With The Courage To Try, Anything Is Possible: Small-Scale Test Actions Towards A More Circular Economy
Many cities carry out small-scale test actions, seeking to accelerate their transition to a more circular economy. Eileen Crowley reflects on the limitless advantages and opportunities provided to cities that are willing to embrace a culture of experimentation.
Lack of communication between citizens and municipal administrations can seriously hinder the sustainable development of urban environments. Digital tools are here to help, to increase people’s participation in co-creating more liveable, human-centred cities.
A fresh perspective on urban-rural linkages allows us to re-envision urban fringe areas as zones for innovative businesses, growth, and prosperity. By Kaustubh Das
Country-wide sustainable solutions can be assured only if regional connectivity and urban-rural linkages that support livelihoods in rural communities, towns, and smaller cities are considered alongside urban and regional growth strategies. Vassiliki Kravva and Ben Smith present an example from the UK-funded Sustainable Urban Economic Programme (SUED) in Kenya.
How are rapid urbanisation, urban poverty, and slums' emergence interconnected in Nigeria? And what areas of urban governance should local governments focus on if they are to successfully tackle urban poverty? Bassey Bassey shares some reflections.
Advanced by the COVID-19 pandemic, cities are experiencing a surge in technological innovation. Among them, civic technologies hold promising solutions towards more citizen participation, argues Francesca Esses.
Sustainability should be more than just finding ways that allow us to continue our current lifestyle, argues Chrisna du Plessis. Regenerative design strives for a future where human civilisation evolves as one part of nature that is following its own laws of circularity.
Сan additive manufacturing technologies help to build sustainable cities of the future and to provide more affordable housing options for everyone? Amadu Sou shows how 3D printing can be applied in cutting-edge urban development.