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Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 15:38
Urbanization is one of the most important global trends of the 21st century. It has the potential to contribute to the “re-design” of our world supporting the creation of sustainable and inclusive cities for all. About 6.25 billion people, 15% of them with disabilities, are predicted to be living in urban centers by 2050. Urban environments, infrastructures, facilities, and services, depending... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 12:34
The 2016 Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM Report) is both masterful and disquieting. This is a big report: comprehensive, in-depth and perspicacious. It is also an unnerving report. It establishes that education is at the heart of sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), yet it also makes clear just how far away we are from achieving the SDGs. This report... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 14:48
1. The urban sphere is part of the fabric of humanitarian crises War rages in Syria. The earth heaves in Ecuador. Ebola spreads in West Africa. As we try to make sense of these events and struggle with how to address them, how many of us consider urban planning and policies as part of the solution? The humanitarian impacts of disasters, both natural and man-made, are increasingly concentrated in... Read more
Posted on Monday, October 17, 2016 - 10:53
WASHINGTON, October 12, 2016 – Natural disasters – such as Hurricane Matthew – and climate change are having devastating effects on cities and the 4 billion people who live in them today.  By 2030, without significant investment into making cities more resilient, natural disasters may cost cities worldwide $314 billion each year, up from around $250 billion today, and climate change may push up... Read more
Posted on Monday, October 17, 2016 - 10:30
Arup analyses the impact of key urban drivers on different energy scenarios and recommends key innovations. Our paper for the World Energy council assess the concept of urban energy and how innovation paired with smart technology can be one factor of many to improve the energy in cities. More than half of the global population now lives in a city - cities account to over half of global energy... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 14:44
In a world struggling with low growth, the ten member states of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) represent a genuinely exciting prospect among emerging markets. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) expects growth in the region, already the world’s sixth largest economic bloc, to average 4.6% annually in the next five years. Much of this growth will come from ASEAN’s urban... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 10:08
Focus: Urbanisation “Improve people’s lives” Experts at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) want special economic zones (SEZs) to serve the purpose of smart urbanisation. ADB economist Jong Woo Kang explained matters an interview. Page 12 Special opportunities The current rate of urbanisation is unprecedented in human history and presents major challenges. However, there also are unprecedented... Read more
Posted on Monday, October 3, 2016 - 12:26
It is seemingly a strange notion that there should be different perspectives on urban ecology, especially when urban areas worldwide exhibit similar characteristics in the broader era that we now commonly call the anthropocene. The diversity of “Southern” perspectives draws on the cultural diversity of the “South”, which  is rooted in the ecological diversity of this geographical collective.... Read more
Posted on Monday, October 3, 2016 - 12:09
Over the last two centuries there has been a growing acceptance of social and political liberalism as the desirable basis for societal organisation. Economic theory has tried to accommodate itself to that position and has developed increasingly sophisticated models to justify the contention that individuals left to their own devices will self-organise into a socially desirable state. However, in... Read more
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 - 10:54
Nearly 60% of all refugees now live in cities, a trend that will continue as camps increasingly become an option of last resort. Already, this urban shift is catalysing monumental changes across the sector, including in how humanitarians think about, and embark upon, community-based protection. The ‘communities’ at the heart of community-based protection are not predetermined.... Read more

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