Spotlight on: COP27

Decarbonising Global Urban Transport: The COP27 Presidency Initiative LOTUS

By |2022-11-29T10:37:21+01:00November 29th 2022|Global Urban Debates, Green & Smart Development, , , |

There is no panacea, no silver bullet: Only a holistic approach to technology and urban mobility will ensure sustainable transport for the sake of people and planet. Led by the Egyptian COP27 Presidency, the Low Carbon Transport for Urban Sustainability (LOTUS) initiative was launched. By Christopher Dekki

Spotlight on: Risk and Crisis Management

(Re)thinking Car-Free Urban Spaces: Kigali’s Imbuga City Walk

By |2022-11-03T11:40:06+01:00October 27th 2022|Urban Mobility, , , , , |

We have adapted to living in cities surrounded by cars and asphalt. Josephine Malonza argues on the need to rethink city life and takes us on a stroll along the Imbuga City Walk in Kigali.


Sustainable, Low-Carbon Transport: A Catalyst for Better Public Health and Transforming Our Cities

By |2022-09-06T10:43:46+02:00September 6th 2022|Climate Change & Resilience, Urban Health, Urban Mobility, , |

Christopher Dekki calls upon cities and policymakers to embrace a systems-thinking approach that takes the nexus between public health and transport as a starting point for action.


Affordable Cities Start With Inclusive Transport and Mobility Systems

By |2022-07-06T10:15:12+02:00July 6th 2022|Climate Change & Resilience, Urban Mobility, , , |

Public transport should be a priority of urban planning that focuses on affordable cities for all, argues Christopher Dekki.

Reimagining Cities

By |2021-08-25T11:41:13+02:00August 25th 2021|Global Urban Debates, , , , |

For the world’s growing urban populations, the “new normal” must mean better and sustainable places to live and work, and ways to travel, for all – not just a privileged few. By Barbara Norman and Peter Newman

Paving the way for sustainable urban mobility: TUMI celebrates one-year anniversary

By |2017-10-17T15:16:45+02:00October 17th 2017|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Urban Mobility, , , , , |

From Cairo to Brasilia to Kaohsiung: the TUMI initiative offers exciting opportunities for international collaboration and learning on sustainable urban mobility. Launched at Habitat III last year, TUMI now celebrates its one-year anniversary. For URBANET, Armin Wagner takes stock of what has been achieved so far.

Curiosity and caution: How should cities approach autonomous driving?

By |2017-10-14T14:49:10+02:00October 10th 2017|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Urban Mobility, , , |

Is autonomous driving the eco-friendly future of urban mobility? Many advocates of this new technology seem to be convinced of it. However, there may be downsides to the use of autonomous vehicles. With the Ecomobility World Festival and Congress 2017 taking place this month in Kaohsiung, URBANET's authors Monika Zimmermann and Michael Glotz-Richter assess the pro and con arguments and call for cities to approach autonomous transport with caution.

How sustainable mobility can transform Africa’s cities

By |2021-07-23T14:44:57+02:00May 31st 2017|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Urban Mobility, , , , , , |

Over the next 15 years, African cities will add 300 million new urban residents—fully two-thirds above today’s urban population. This unprecedented demographic shift presents a tremendous opportunity for economic uplift and poverty reduction, but these benefits hinge on the ability of African cities to dramatically improve the delivery of infrastructure and services to drive future growth.

“In terms of speed, there is no one-size-fits-all solution” – Interview with Carlos Pardo from Despacio

By |2021-02-23T15:42:54+01:00April 25th 2017|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Urban Mobility, , , , , |

In his interview with URBANET, Carlos Pardo talks about urban roads shared equally by cyclists, pedestrians and drivers, that we can save money by slowing down traffic and how we can convince people to act more environmentally friendly.

“Local governments know the reality of their cities” – An Interview with Johana Hernández from the Northern Public Transport Company, Ecuador

By |2017-10-14T15:31:36+02:00February 7th 2017|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Urban Mobility, , , , , , , , |

Many cities are facing traffic-related problems and are trying to find solutions that take into consideration the local conditions. Sometimes, these solutions clash with problem solving approaches by central governments. In her interview with URBANET, Johana Hernández from the Northern Public Transport Company in Ecuador talks about such challenges and her visions for inclusive mobility.

Access to finance a key consideration for urban leaders at the C40 Mayors’ Summit

By |2021-11-03T16:42:16+01:00December 21st 2016|Governance & Finance, Municipal & Climate Finance, , , , , |

In early December, mayors, city delegates and urban experts met in Mexico City for the sixth biennial C40 Mayors’ Summit. The summit emphasised the key role cities play in global low-carbon, resilient, and inclusive development. Providing our cities with adequate access to financing is one of the most pressing issues that need to be addressed.

The challenge of changing travel behaviours

By |2021-02-23T15:50:16+01:00December 20th 2016|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Urban Mobility, , , , , |

Urban travel requirements are constantly changing, and so are the challenges that cities face in keeping their inhabitants mobile. In an interview with URBANET, Roger Behrens (University of Cape Town) talks about the importance of accessibility, the challenges for local governments and the changing travel dynamics in South Africa.

Live from Quito, Day 1: The official opening of Habitat III

By |2017-10-14T15:56:51+02:00October 18th 2016|Global Urban Debates, , , , , |

Habitat III, the long-awaited global conference on urbanisation, was officially opened on Monday morning. Read URBANET's report on the first day of the conference!

Transforming transport: A new initiative for sustainable urban mobility was launched in Quito

By |2017-10-14T15:57:15+02:00October 18th 2016|Global Urban Debates, , , , , , |

At Habitat III, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) presented a new initiative to tackle the dire need for worldwide sustainable urban mobility solutions. With the “Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI)”, the Ministry and its partners are planning to support cities on their route to make accessible, sustainable transport available to their citizens.

Towards a Global Transition in Urban Transport Concepts

By |2019-03-05T09:47:02+01:00October 14th 2016|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Urban Mobility, , , , |

Rapid urbanisation comes with growing volumes of traffic and air pollution, which creates an urgent need for sustainable and integrated urban mobility solutions. To find such solutions is one of the key goals that the German Development Cooperation wants to achieve in the Habitat III process. A newly published brochure lays out the ideas of how to get there.

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