Green Infrastructure in Mexico: A Booster for Healthier Cities

By |2018-10-18T10:47:43+00:00October 17th 2018|green & smart development, health & education, Uncategorized, urban mobility, Tags: , , , , |

Citizens of Mexico City face serious health issues – due to failures in urban planning, says Auribel Villa. Green infrastructure development significantly supports cities' ways towards becoming healthier and thus more liveable.

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Promoting Healthy Municipalities in Central America and the Caribbean

By |2018-10-04T14:06:54+00:00October 4th 2018|health & education, Tags: , , , , |

Municipal efforts to improve access to health care can reduce existing inequalities in Central America and the Caribbean, says Agustín Muñoz del Guayo.

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Shortcomings of Brazil’s Minha Casa, Minha Vida Programme

By |2018-09-27T09:14:37+00:00September 27th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, global urban debates, housing & informality, urban & metropolitan governance, Tags: , , , |

Brazil's social housing programme Minha Casa, Minha Vida prides itself on having delivered an enormous amount of affordable housing. But putting a roof over people's heads is not sufficient if the settlements are located on the far outskirts of a city, depriving residents of access to urban resources, claims Clarisse Cunha Linke.

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6 Features That Make Brazil’s Affordable Housing Programme Good for People and the Environment

By |2018-09-26T12:28:21+00:00September 26th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, global urban debates, housing & informality, urban & metropolitan governance, Tags: , , , |

“Minha Casa, Minha Vida” (My House, My Life) is Brazil’s largest affordable housing project to this day. Priscila Pacheco describes the buildings’ sustainability features that benefit the residents and the environment.

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Fostering Multilevel Governance: The Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues

By |2018-09-25T10:34:17+00:00September 25th 2018|global urban debates, urban & metropolitan governance, Tags: , , , , , |

The Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues are a highly efficient tool towards achieving the goals set in the Paris Agreement. This can be seen in examples from Togo, the Philippines, Indonesia, South Africa, and Ecuador, writes Jisun Hwang from the ICLEI.

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Infographics: Urban Development in Brazil

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

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

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Urban Regeneration: Viewpoints of a Mexican City

By |2018-09-12T13:23:53+00:00September 12th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, housing & informality, Tags: , , , , |

The city of Morelia, Mexico is planning to combat urban sprawl by densification and regeneration. With “District 4.0”, the city is hoping to attract investments from the creative-digital industries.

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Towards sustainable cities: Implementing the NDCs and SDGs at the local level

By |2018-08-02T15:15:46+00:00November 15th 2017|climate change & resilience, global urban debates, green & smart development, Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Cities and urban settlements play a key role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the commitments of the Paris Agreement. Nathaly Arguto and Stella Schroeder cast a spotlight on projects from Latin America, the region with the highest rate of urbanisation in the world, that contribute to implementing the global agendas for sustainability.

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What does the Integral Implementation of the New Urban Agenda mean?

By |2017-10-15T20:15:33+00:00July 7th 2017|global urban debates, Tags: , , , , |

Latin America and the Caribbean is one of the most urbanised regions of the planet. At the same time it is also the world’s most unequal region, a region where poverty and wealth coexist and antagonise each other daily, especially in urban spaces. Today, 80 per cent of the Latin American population lives in cities, with half of the urban population in LAC concentrated in rapidly growing intermediate cities. But what are the main challenges cities in Latin America and the Caribbean have to face? And which integral approaches do cities pursue to overcome them?

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Women’s Right to the City: Reflections on Inclusive Urban Planning

By |2017-10-14T15:11:30+00:00June 7th 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, inclusion, Tags: , , , , , |

Traditional city design and planning often fails to recognise the complex and unequal relations between men and women in our society, says URBANET's author Ana Falú. While women’s right to the city was largely left unattended until the recent past, it is important to understand that women have always been active participants in the building of cities. Still, many challenges remain. The progress and success of city policies depends on the capacity to ensure equal conditions and opportunities for people of all genders.

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“We need to develop urban rights” – An interview with Claudio Orrego, mayor of Santiago de Chile

By |2018-08-02T12:43:56+00:00March 30th 2017|governance & finance, urban & metropolitan governance, Tags: , , , , , , |

Santiago de Chile is one of the most well-developed and safe cities in Latin America. We spoke to its mayor Claudio Orrego not only about what metropolitan governance means in Santiago, but also about the current situation in Chile, how urban justice can be enforced and why it is so important to invest in public goods for the urban poor.

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“Some very important elements were left out of the New Urban Agenda” – Interview with Lorena Zárate from Habitat International Coalition

By |2017-10-14T15:24:42+00:00March 16th 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, inclusion, Tags: , , , , , , , , |

National and local governments must value and support community-driven development, says Lorena Zárate. In her interview with URBANET, she discusses viable and non-viable approaches to housing, democracy, and everybody's Right to the City.

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Gender equity and land ownership in Bolivia

By |2017-10-14T15:25:54+00:00March 13th 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, housing & informality, Tags: , , , , , , , |

In Bolivia, up until recently only men were recognised in titles of land ownership. If these men passed away or left, their wives or partners legally had no rights to the land and property they lived on. To change this, Habitat for Humanity International started a campaign to legally recognise women as land owners in Bolivia.

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“Communities do not have to be socially divided” – Interview with José Morales, former National Director of Housing and Human Settlements, Ecuador

By |2017-10-14T15:29:07+00:00March 2nd 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, housing & informality, Tags: , , , , , , |

José Morales, the former National Director of Housing and Human Settlements at the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing in Ecuador, gives his view on the country's housing situation and social inequality.

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