Urban & Metropolitan Governance

SPOTLIGHT ON: URBAN LABS AND INNOVATION

JAGA MISSION – Transforming Lives, Leaderships, and Liveability

By |2022-04-21T09:17:22+02:00April 21st 2022|Housing & Informality, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , |

The Indian state of Odisha has initiated a slum upgrading programme that acknowledges residents as city makers. Preeti Prada Panigrahi presents its advantages and successes.

SPOTLIGHT ON: WOMEN IN CITIES

Female Leadership in Local Government

By |2022-03-07T12:05:46+01:00March 7th 2022|Urban & Metropolitan Governance, Youth & Gender, , , |

Half of the world’s population is made up of women, but their representation in decision-making bodies at the local, national, and international level leaves much to be desired. Macoura Dao Coulibaly, Mayor of Foumbolo, Côte d'Ivoire, on strengthening women in local government.

Cities are Key to Changing Course and Transforming Education

By |2022-01-24T09:44:35+01:00January 24th 2022|Global Urban Debates, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , |

The world is at a turning point. The COVID-19 pandemic has acted as an accelerator of technological disruption and inequalities, interlocked with the existential threat of the climate crisis. The only way forward is to transform our future. This is no less than a universal educational project to empower every person from the earliest age and throughout life with the knowledge, competences, and attitudes to live in dignity and act for the common good. Since more than half of humanity lives in urban areas, cities have a major role to play in realising the right to education for citizens throughout the world.

Time to be Daring: Circular Cities Tackle the Climate Emergency

By |2021-10-04T11:04:28+02:00October 4th 2021|Multi Stakeholder Partnerships, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

In a world beset by multiple crises, mayors are multitaskers, crisis managers and frontline responders – and crises never wait in line. Katja Dörner, Mayor of Bonn and ICLEI Co-Chair for Climate Action on circular cities and Bonn’s promising path to becoming zero-waste.

The Future of the Brazilian City Statute

By |2021-09-30T10:42:18+02:00September 30th 2021|Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

On the 20th anniversary of the City Statute, it is essential to reflect on its legacy of social inclusion in Brazilian cities, recognise its strategic role within national urban frameworks throughout the world and understand how a more radical transformation of our cities can be inspired by mechanisms that this legislation offers.

Lifelong Learning and Participatory Governance: The Learning City Initiative

By |2021-09-21T10:29:37+02:00September 21st 2021|Multi Stakeholder Partnerships, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , |

Cities have immense potential to foster capacities for lifelong learning, argues Raúl Valdés-Cotera from the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities.

Urban Safety and Good Urban Governance: Examples from Kinshasa

By |2021-09-16T11:13:32+02:00September 16th 2021|Urban & Metropolitan Governance, Youth & Gender, , , , |

"Kulunas" – youth gangs – have been part of Kinshasa's neighbourhoods for two decades. Marc-André Lagrange and Thierry Vircoulon analyse their origins and why their ever more violent repression is not going to increase safety in Kinshasa.

Infrastructure Transparency in Metropolitan Kampala

By |2021-09-09T14:13:59+02:00September 9th 2021|Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

Efforts for infrastructure development will be in vain if the public is not involved in the process. Olive Kabatwairwe with meaningful insights and best practices from Uganda.

Transparent and Accountable: Ukrainian Cities Fight for Openness

By |2021-09-02T10:32:31+02:00September 2nd 2021|Smart & Digital Development, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , |

Local authorities often perceive publishing information about their activities as a tedious responsibility. But Ukrainian cities prove that digital openness is a chance for rising investments, growth of trust, and increased human resources. By Olena Ogorodnik from Transparency International Ukraine

The Challenge of Localising SDGs: Experiences from Bangladesh

By |2021-07-29T11:59:59+02:00July 29th 2021|Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , |

Translating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into practice at the local level remains a significant challenge for many countries. Dr Firdaus Ara Hussain and Redita Rokib on the challenges in Bangladesh – and on a promising model pursued by the Government of Bangladesh to overcome them.

Positioning Medellín for a more Sustainable Future

By |2021-07-13T11:49:43+02:00July 13th 2021|Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

Many transitional cities have worked hard to develop planning tools that make a difference in people’s lives. And while Colombia’s “City of Eternal Spring”, Medellín, has made significant progress, it should now take it to the next level to become fully compatible with global sustainability agendas. By Santiago Mejía-Dugand

Localising the SDGs: A Call for Urban Equality as a Guiding Principle

By |2021-07-06T10:26:45+02:00July 6th 2021|Global Urban Debates, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , |

Localising the global Sustainable Development Goals presents key challenges to policymakers everywhere. An ‘Urban Equality lens’ however, may help navigate some of the tensions, contradictions, and gaps in the Agenda. By KNOW Investigators

Climate Change Adaptation in Spain: When a Plan is not Enough

By |2021-06-22T08:36:07+02:00June 1st 2021|Climate Change & Resilience, Municipal & Climate Finance, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

Reducing carbon emissions is no longer enough to reduce the effects of climate change, making climate adaptation – the process of adjustment to climate change and entailing hazards – necessary. Cristina Bernal Aparicio takes a look at Spain's climate adaptation plan, its flaws, and its potential.

Jordan’s Swelling Cities: No More Time for Procrastination!

By |2021-05-12T11:19:00+02:00May 12th 2021|Climate Change & Resilience, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , |

Challenges to residents, resources, and the environment alike: Mohammad Asfour shares his observations on Jordan's rapid urbanisation.

Cities Are Still Not Doing Enough to Reduce Air Pollution

By |2021-07-12T16:12:54+02:00May 4th 2021|Urban & Metropolitan Governance, Urban Health, , |

Despite scientific evidence of the relation between air pollution and premature deaths, cities are hesitant to take bold action for clean air. Mark Nieuwenhuijsen and Sasha Khomenko on reasons and perspectives.

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