Towards the liveable city

By |2017-10-14T15:49:43+02:00November 16th 2016|basic infrastructure & housing, global urban debates, , , , , , |

The German government pushes for a New Urban Agenda oriented towards the vision of the “lebenswerte Stadt”, i.e. a city worth to live in, but is mostly translated with “liveable city”. But how do we define “liveable”? Our authors Alexandra Linden, Astrid Ley and Alexander Jachnow contend that it goes beyond “freedom from fear” and “freedom from want” as proposed by the UN. Liveability, construed as Quality of life shouldn’t just be determined by indicator models, but within a specific local context and in conjunction with international standards.

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COP22 through the Urban Lense

By |2017-10-14T15:51:29+02:00November 15th 2016|global urban debates, , , , , , |

Three weeks after the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is currently taking place in Marrakesh, Morocco. Sarah Schneider and Lisa Lebershausen look at the the international climate change conference through an urban lense.

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The SDGs go local! Why cities need to engage in integrated urban development

By |2017-10-14T16:07:07+02:00October 4th 2016|green & smart development, , , , |

For the Sustainable Development Goals to work, cities as key development actors need to apply integrated approaches. Different actors and levels of government must be provided with opportunities to collaborate in order to ensure inclusive, secure, resilient and sustainable urban development. Furthermore, coordinated territorial planning and cross-sectoral cooperation are significant for an effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

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Creating an enabling environment for sustainable cities

By |2017-10-14T16:19:23+02:00July 21st 2016|global urban debates, governance & finance, , , , , |

In many countries cities are struggling to satisfy even the basic needs of their population. Therefore, we need a more sober and objective assessment of the essential conditions that will need to be in place if cities are to properly perform the functions anticipated in the SDGs.

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Shortcut: The Berlin Recommendations for the Cities of Tomorrow

By |2018-08-02T12:22:25+02:00July 21st 2016|global urban debates, , , , , , , , |

In the course of the German Habitat Forum taking place on 1 and 2 June 2016 in Berlin the so called “Berlin Recommendations” were developed and ultimately passed by more than 1000 participants from 74 countries. Here are the recommendations in short.

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