Islands of Integrity™: Replicating La Paz’s Successful Anti-corruption Experience

By |2019-08-02T10:01:39+02:00August 1st 2019|urban & metropolitan governance, , , , |

How can cities effectively tackle corruption? Through a transformative process that involves those who are part of the problem, argue Ronald MacLean Abaroa and Ana Vasilache, who have developed their own successful anti-corruption methodology.

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Transforming Cities for Inclusion

By |2019-07-16T11:39:36+02:00July 16th 2019|urban & metropolitan governance, , , , |

Inclusion of all citizens is a challenge to rapidly urbanising societies. Federico Batista Poitier outlines how the Global Compact on Inclusive and Accessible Cities is an important tool in this regard, providing local governments with a framework that allows them to measure inclusion in their municipalities.

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Municipalities Are Learning Sustainability

By |2019-07-11T10:56:06+02:00July 11th 2019|urban & metropolitan governance, , , , |

Across Germany, municipal governments are increasingly engaged in sustainable development. Thus, they are playing a key role in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, which will be assessed at the High-level Political Forum 2019. Robert Böhnke from the German Council for Sustainable Development outlines the learning processes that led and lead to municipalities' increased engagement.

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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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Act Globally, Act Locally

By |2019-02-14T13:07:39+02:00February 14th 2019|economic development, smart & digital development, , , , , |

An oft mentioned phrase in development parlance is “think globally, act locally”. Yet, when the change we seek is improved livelihoods globally, is local action enough? Doug Ragan, Rolf Wichmann, and Raphael Obonyo claim that local action is critical yet can’t be done in isolation of national and international realities. In their article, they explore different interventions that can be utilised to address the issue of improving youth livelihoods through interventions from the local to the global.

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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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From Ambition to Reality: Why COP24 Needs to Acknowledge the Crucial Role of Local Governments

By |2018-12-03T10:46:42+02:00December 3rd 2018|climate change & resilience, global urban debates, , , , , |

COP 24 is the place to further enhance the much-needed dialogue and collaboration between local and national governance with regards to their climate change policies, says Lou del Bello.

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Promoting Healthy Municipalities in Central America and the Caribbean

By |2018-10-04T14:06:54+02:00October 4th 2018|health & education, , , , , |

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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Policy Reform, not Evictions! The Case of Slum Urbanisation in Khartoum, Sudan

By |2018-09-20T10:51:39+02:00September 20th 2018|housing & informality, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , |

A radical reform of Khartoum’s housing policy is required to improve the living conditions of slum dwellers. For this, we need to examine the socio-economic situation of the urban poor and of those who live in the city’s informal settlements.

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San Francisco Climate Summit Not Global Enough for Developing World Leaders

By |2018-09-18T08:56:03+02:00September 17th 2018|climate change & resilience, global urban debates, urban & metropolitan governance, , , |

For three days San Francisco became a climate change hub, filled with conferences and workshops. Still the Global Climate Action Summit turned out to be focused on the cities of the Global North.

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Climate Dance in San Francisco

By |2018-09-18T08:56:39+02:00September 11th 2018|climate change & resilience, global urban debates, urban & metropolitan governance, , , |

This month, representatives of subnational governments are getting together at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. They are hoping to push national governments to adopt more ambitious climate targets.

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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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Creating Decent Jobs Through Waste Pickers Cooperatives

By |2018-05-02T17:36:53+02:00May 2nd 2018|decent work, energy & waste, , , , , |

In precarious working environments, cooperatives hold an immense potential to increase social and economic inclusion of marginalized groups. Sonia Dias uses the examples of waste pickers cooperatives to illustrate how the concept of cooperatives helps implement the four pillars of the International Labor Organisation’s Decent Work Agenda—and calls on policy makers to create a favourable environment for this organisational form.

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“Climate change and gender issues cannot be taken apart” – an interview with Laids Mias-Cea from UN-Habitat (video)

By |2018-03-08T13:36:01+02:00March 7th 2018|global urban debates, inclusion, , , , , , , , , |

What are the linkages between climate change and gender? Why are women and youth particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change? And how can we create an enabling environment that allows women and youth to participate in climate decision making? URBANET talked to Maria Adelaida “Laids” Mias-Cea, Regional Coordinator of UN-Habitat’s Cities and Climate Change Initiative (CCCI). Check out her video on the occasion of this year’s International Women’s Day.

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“In urban policy we need to get to where climate policy is today” (video)

By |2018-02-22T10:43:39+02:00February 22nd 2018|climate change & resilience, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , , , |

The issue of urbanisation is gaining attention and cities are increasingly recognised as having a crucial role to play in achieving sustainable development. However, urban development has yet to become an integral part of the global political agenda. URBANET talked to Ani Dasgupta, Global Director of the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, about what needs to change to make urban development a political priority.

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