Collaborate Groups, projects & programmes, discussions, Q&A

Posted on Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 16:02
Dunia Ludlow considers that its approval is a great achievement that will avoid the exaggerated expulsion of families of the city, will be counted on an Advisory and advisory council. After the demonstration of the people 's voice to sign a petition statement requesting remove Article 21, Section C, Section 7, which went against the capital gain property in the draft  Constitution of the City of Mexico, to the own Miguel Angel Mancera, Head of government called to arrest the controversial article arguing that it was "misunderstood". To differentiate the issues between this controversial... Read more
Posted on Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 11:17
University of Strathclyde’s Robert Rogerson talks about the relevance of this field, career opportunities, and more Over half of the world’s population is now living in cities, generating 80 per cent of the global carbon emissions. To achieve a sustainable future for cities, professionals are required who have the holistic perspective to see beyond one single aspect of city life, and the ability to develop and deliver viable strategies that address various problems. The University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, offers an MSc Global Sustainable Cities programme that aims at producing city leaders,... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 10:10
There’s a lot of talk in cities today about building “resilience” against disasters, social strife and economic shocks. But the flip side of that quest is to understand what makes cities fragile in the first place. That’s the idea behind the Fragile Cities Data Visualization, a project launched recently by the Igarapé Institute, United Nations University, World Economic Forum and 100 Resilient Cities initiative. The tool generates a fragility “score” for 2,100 cities around the globe, based on data on population growth, air pollution, terrorist killings and other metrics. Those scores, along... Read more
Posted on Friday, December 30, 2016 - 09:57
The Tokyo-based psychiatrist Layla McCay founded the Center for Urban Design and Mental Health over a year ago, and it’s grown at a more rapid pace than she expected. “Be careful of finding an unmet need,” she jokes, noting that much of her time is now spent running the center. The organization aims to harness knowledge about urban design and mental health that is already out there, but isn’t being shared as much as it could, particularly with policymakers who can implement it. The center also works to foster more research. “For instance,” McCay says, “we know that green space is good for... Read more
Posted on Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 11:35
Last week in Paris, French President Francois Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo welcomed government and civil-society leaders from around the world to discuss ways of bringing transparency to government decision making. This summit of the Open Government Partnership was mostly focused on what national governments can change. The five-year old partnership has more than 70 countries participating in joint efforts with civil society to implement commitments toward fighting corruption, engaging citizens and making public data more open. This year, cities and other subnational governments were... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 08:25
National governments, local authorities, big business and others came together this month for the first time to start plotting out how exactly they will implement the major climate accord struck last year at cliff-hanger negotiations in Paris. By happenstance, their timing was both good and bad. The Paris Agreement came into surprise effect at the beginning of November, after enough governments took unprecedentedly quick action to ratify their pieces of the accord. Around that same time, the U. S. government sprang another surprise with global implications: the election of Donald Trump, a... Read more
Posted on Friday, November 18, 2016 - 10:01
As the Centre embarks on a massive drive to skill 20 crore people by 2022, one big challenge ahead is to ensure the financial survival of skilled rural youth engaged in jobs in urban areas, as wages and infrastructure are inadequate, says Ajay Chhangani, co-founder and CEO of Rise India, an education and skill development group, which is aiming at a turnover of ₹100 crore in three years via organic and inorganic growth. Edited excerpts from an interaction: Rise India began operations with education. When did you get into training drivers? We started training drivers with a partner, Shriram... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 14:45
Almost half of the world’s total population – around 3.5 billion people – are affected by malnutrition, be it undernutrition where they are not getting enough to eat, or micronutrient deficiency where they are not getting essential vitamins and minerals through their diet, or over-nutrition where they suffer from obesity, being overweight and other complications. The international community has acknowledged the importance of addressing these health concerns through Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2, which aims to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 10:06
The election of Donald Trump has left the Democratic party defanged. Despite winning the popular vote, the Democrats now face four years of a radically right wing executive and at least two years in the minority in both houses of Congress. But as they cast around for succor, there is still one major institution they overwhelmingly control: cities. Of the 20 biggest US cities, only Fort Worth (Texas), San Diego (California), and Jacksonville (Florida) have Republican mayors. Across the whole US, the more densely inhabited the area was in the 2016 presidential election, the more likely it was ... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 08:50
Where does the United Nations see mayors fitting into the new implementation discussion on climate and sustainable cities? An interview with David Nabarro, the secretary-general’s special adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Cities are receiving major focus at international climate talks currently taking place in Morocco, the first formal follow-up to last year’s successful adoption of a new global accord to seek to contain global warming. Yet climate action is just one part of a broader new push by countries around the world to bring new attention to issues of... Read more