Safer Cities for Children

By |2018-02-21T11:58:54+02:00February 15th 2018|global urban debates, inclusion, , , , |

Rapid and unplanned urbanization has many negative consequences, especially for children and young people. Many children live in urban areas without safe spaces to play, learn, and develop. Frank Mischo explains why city leaders and planners must pay more attention to the needs and rights of urban children.

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All WUFed out, but what comes next?

By |2018-02-13T13:03:35+02:00February 13th 2018|global urban debates, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , , , , |

The Ninth Session of the World Urban Forum has been closed today. Gregory Scruggs looks ahead and points out what tracks to follow that started at WUF9, concerning collect city-level data and the follow-up and review processes.

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New Report Explores How Cities Can Participate in the Follow-up and Review of Global Sustainability Agendas

By |2018-02-12T10:39:16+02:00February 12th 2018|global urban debates, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , , |

At the Ninth Session of the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Cities Alliance has launched a new report that aims to help local and regional governments understand how they can participate in the follow-up and review process for global urban sustainability and climate agendas.

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New Urban Agenda implementation slow, if not steady

By |2018-02-09T10:16:06+02:00February 9th 2018|global urban debates, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , , |

As the ninth session of the World Urban Forum gets into full swing in the humid heat of Kuala Lumpur, it has become increasingly clear that progress toward achieving the lofty ambitions of the New Urban Agenda has so far been slow, writes Gregory Scruggs. Fifteen months after Habitat III wrapped up in Quito, there is much talk of frameworks and action plans, but little in the way of fresh deliverables.

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The city of Yangzhou rebuilds its past to ensure a bright future

By |2018-08-02T12:14:29+02:00February 6th 2018|global urban debates, integrated planning, , , , , , , |

Preserving cultural heritage while upgrading urban areas can be a challenging task for cities. Analyn Rubenecia and Chenzi Yiyang describe how the city of Yangzhou, China, designed its urban renewable project with an integrated approach. This puts Yangzhou on the right track toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Cities for a better world (video)

By |2018-02-06T00:11:17+02:00February 5th 2018|climate change & resilience, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , , , |

Cities are irrefutably linked to human history and development. To learn more about the relevance of cities for global sustainable development and for achieving a better world, URBANET provides you with a short explainer video by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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Heading for Kuala Lumpur: The challenge of implementing Sustainable Urban Solutions

By |2018-02-06T00:22:20+02:00January 30th 2018|global urban debates, , , , |

In less than a week, the 9th session of the World Urban Forum, the largest international stakeholder gathering of passionate urbanists, will kick off in Malaysia. Franz Marré looks ahead and shows why WUF9 is an important platform for strategic discussion and arena for innovation.

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World Urban Forum will set stage for a busy 2018

By |2018-02-07T13:52:50+02:00January 30th 2018|global urban debates, , , , , , , , |

Around 20,000 urbanists are poised to gather in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for the ninth session of the World Urban Forum. However, WUF9’s preparations for a quadrennial report will not be taking place in a vacuum. The conference comes only at the beginning of a busy year, writes Gregory Scruggs.

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More than window dressing? Stakeholders and partnerships in the New Urban Agenda and other UN global agreements on sustainable development

By |2018-01-24T14:07:38+02:00January 24th 2018|global urban debates, , , , , , |

Over the course of seventy years, stakeholders have become increasingly involved in UN processes. Non-state players have taken on advocacy or advisory roles for their specific issues, and have helped shape norms and debates about global concerns. Eugénie L. Birch traces the path that has led to increasing stakeholder engagement and explores its effect on the New Urban Agenda.

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National Urban Policies: a policy lever to foster a New Urban Agenda? – Part II

By |2018-01-10T14:44:29+02:00January 10th 2018|global urban debates, , , , , |

The New Urban Agenda calls upon nation states to implement National Urban Policies to achieve integrated and coherent sustainable urban development. In the first part of this article, author Rene Peter Hohmann displays current discussions on National Urban Policies and their possible categorisation as this question remains open. To reflect on the various policy intentions that national governments may pursue under an umbrella of National Urban Policies, this second part will examine a variety of case studies more closely.

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National Urban Policies: a policy lever to foster a New Urban Agenda? – Part I

By |2018-01-10T14:46:45+02:00January 3rd 2018|global urban debates, , , , , |

National Urban Policies are recognised as an effective and necessary tool to achieve sustainable and inclusive urban development as envisioned in the New Urban Agenda. However, it is still unclear what constitutes a National Urban Policy and how such a policy could help catalyse the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. In order to bring some light into these discussions, Rene Peter Hohmann reviews the current body of academic literature as well as policy assessments to analyse and categorise a sample of 19 countries with an explicit National Urban Policy in place.

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Sustainable cities – towards a low-carbon and resilient future

By |2017-11-09T15:06:06+02:00November 9th 2017|climate change & resilience, green & smart development, , , , , , |

What does a sustainable urban future look like? In a new video, municipal officials, urban experts and local residents from around the world talk about urban challenges, solutions for climate-friendly cities and future needs for low-carbon urban development.

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Voices on 1 year New Urban Agenda

By |2017-10-25T16:19:15+02:00October 19th 2017|global urban debates, , , , , , |

This month, the New Urban Agenda (NUA) celebrates its first anniversary. What has happened since its adoption at Habitat III in Quito? We asked Billy Cobbett (Cities Alliance), Mei Yi (Mayor of Jingdezhen, China), Eugénie L. Birch (Professor at the University of Pennsylvania), Yang Jun (Mayor of Suzhouto), María Alejandra Vicuña Muñoz (Minister of Urban Development and Housing of Ecuador) to take stock of the past 12 months’ implementation actions.

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Live from Quito, Day 2: Inter-municipal partnerships

By |2017-10-14T15:56:38+02:00October 19th 2016|global urban debates, , , , , |

Strengthening cities as actors for sustainable development is one of the main targets of the New Urban Agenda. Inter-municipal partnerships, which enable cities to learn from each other, where at the heart of yesterday's discussions in Quito. Read URBANET's report to find out more!

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“It’s a voluntary agreement, it depends on us”

By |2017-10-14T15:57:40+02:00October 16th 2016|global urban debates, , , , , , |

At the "Co-producing sustainable cities?" conference in September 2016, we talked to Günter Meinert of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ GmbH) about his hopes for the Quito conference.

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