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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Why Cities Matter: Integrated Implementation of the 2030 Agenda

By |2019-07-09T11:32:05+02:00July 9th 2019|urban & metropolitan governance, , , , |

As international actors gather for the 2019 High Level Political Forum, cities have to be understood to be key players in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, writes Lennard Kehl, advisor in the GIZ Sector Project "Integrated Implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Cities and City-Regions".

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Boosting Urban Development in Africa Through New Mechanisms of Financing

By |2019-06-18T10:30:27+02:00June 18th 2019|municipal & climate finance, , , , , |

With the sectors for development and finance closely intertwined, a municipality's financing mechanism of choice significantly influences its development path. Khady Sarr, Programme Director of the Dakar Municipal Finance Programme, outlines several models and explains the advantages of bond loans – for municipalities and investors alike.

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Innovation for Better Quality of Life in Cities and Communities: First UN-Habitat Assembly

By |2019-05-31T10:33:24+02:00May 31st 2019|global urban debates, , , , , , |

From 27-31 May 2019, the first UN-Habitat assembly is taking place in Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi. Reuben Kyama reports directly from the conference.

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How Can Urban Flood Management in Vietnam Become More Sustainable?

By |2019-05-28T10:10:29+02:00May 28th 2019|climate change & resilience, water & sanitation, , , , |

More than one third of Vietnam's population is living in cities, requiring effective sanitation and stormwater services. Yet their provision is limited, with an estimation of less than 10 per cent of wastewater being treated in urban areas. Sebastian Malter argues that a diversification of drainage systems will support sustainable urban development.

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Infographics: Urban Development in Viet Nam

By |2019-05-02T08:37:03+02:00May 2nd 2019|basic infrastructure & housing, global urban debates, green & smart development, housing & informality, , , , , |

URBANET’s latest infographic series with interesting facts and figures about urbanisation and urban development in Viet Nam.

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Promoting Sustainable Urban Development Through Impact Innovation

By |2019-01-24T13:54:57+02:00January 10th 2019|economic development, smart & digital development, , , , , |

Human-centred impact innovation can be an extraordinary source of social and economic growth for cities and metropolitan areas in developing regions that drives growth of urban communities, supporting equitable and sustainable development and inclusive prosperity.

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Liveable Cities Need Sustainable Solutions

By |2018-09-13T09:37:42+02:00September 4th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, climate change & resilience, green & smart development, , |

Climate change poses new and specific challenges to the way we think about building. Christine Lemaitre from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) calls out to architects, planners, and builders to respond to this challenge instead of waiting for the entailing problems to solve themselves.

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“Being a smart city means making smart decisions” – interview with Mario Arauz from the city of Guadalajara

By |2018-03-28T11:12:56+02:00March 28th 2018|smart & digital development, , , , , |

Known as a technology hub, Guadalajara is Mexico’s answer to Silicon Valley. No wonder then that the city is in the process of transforming itself into a smart city. URBANET talked to Mario Arauz, Director of Government Innovation and Intelligent Cities, about Guadalajara’s take on the smart city concept.

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“I believe that technology can foster democracy” – interview with Kalpana Viswanath from Safetipin

By |2018-03-26T15:42:32+02:00March 26th 2018|inclusion, smart & digital development, , , , , |

Kalpana Viswanath from Safetipin, a mobile app developed to support community and women's safety, points out what she is currently missing in the smart city debate and explains to URBANET how technology can actually be used in an inclusive way to promote democracy and citizenship.

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Mitigation Through Innovation: Sustainable Water Supply in Windhoek

By |2018-03-22T10:21:51+02:00March 22nd 2018|urban nexus, water & sanitation, , , , , |

Windhoek—the capital city of Namibia, the most arid country in Sub-Saharan Africa—has long met its severe water challenges through innovation. But its growing population is increasing its demand for water while climate change exacerbates scarce supplies. On the occation of World Water Day 2018, Pierre van Rensburg highlights the city's innovative augmentation strategies to keep the crisis from becoming a catastrophe.

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Managing Water in Secondary Cities: Interview with Mathew Kurian

By |2018-03-20T11:12:56+02:00March 16th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, water & sanitation, , , , |

As World Water Day approaches, URBANET interviewed Mathew Kurian of UN University about managing water supplies in secondary cities. Although often overshadowed by megacities, secondary cities face slightly different—but just as significant—water challenges as their larger neighbours. Kurian argues that secondary cities could be important laboratories for innovative financing mechanisms, but that we must first disrupt the entrenched dis-incentives that promote business as usual.

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Severing Mumbai’s Slums: Structural Violence Through Spatial Transformation

By |2018-03-15T12:06:56+02:00March 15th 2018|inclusion, integrated planning, , , |

Almost half of Mumbai’s 12 million inhabitants live in informal settlements—“slums”—that are diverse and vibrant living and working spaces. Though unofficially nurtured by the city, these settlements are officially treated as illegal. Today, Mumbai’s state is radically transforming the city through market-led slum redevelopment. Lalitha Kamath and Himanshu Burte argue that the government is inflicting structural violence on the city’s slum dwellers by reshaping Mumbai’s physical space.

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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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