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Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 10:27
Youth as Agents of Peace: Somalia is the first joint country study conducted by the United Nations and the World Bank aimed at translating into practice the principles of the UNSC Resolution 2250, through direct and local engagement with young people and their communities in one of the most fragile and conflict-ridden areas on the African continent. Focusing on young people is particularly... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 11:50
In a context of increasing globalization of trade, of rising international flows of goods and people, and the resulting global rise in air traffic, international airports have become strategic assets for the development and attractiveness of nations. The present report is the main outcome of the "Sustainable Airport Areas" Metropolis initiative, aiming to create a common ground of good practices... Read more
Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 15:30
The Child Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI) was launched in 1996 to respond to the challenge of realizing the rights of children in an increasingly urbanized and decentralized world. The initiative works by bringing together local stakeholders and UNICEF to create safe, inclusive and child-responsive cities and communities. The importance of cities and communities in policymaking that directly... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 14:31
This report takes stock of discussions held between academics and country practitioners during a series of seminars organised in 2017 by the OECD and the European Commission that focused on opportunities to improve the design and delivery of regional development policies. What can governments do to enhance economic development in regions and cities ? What lessons can be drawn from theory and... Read more
Posted on Monday, March 26, 2018 - 16:58
Through the International Conferences of Local and Regional Authorities on Water, held during each World Water Forum, the World Water Council and its long-standing partners such as United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the Global Water Operators’ Partnership Alliance (GWOPA)/UN-Habitat are working with local governments to strengthen the... Read more
Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 10:59
The national urban-rural divide narrative is one that touts (or bemoans) the all-consuming growth of our nation’s largest cities and laments rural communities as devoid of economic potential. But this isn't the whole story.  In a challenge to the conventional narrative, Bridging the Urban-Rural Economic Divide finds that stronger links between urban and rural areas are key to spurring local,... Read more
Posted on Friday, March 9, 2018 - 10:36
The supply of affordable and adequate housing has been overwhelmed by the demand of the millions of rural poor who have migrated to cities in hope of finding better employment, health care, and better educational opportunities. According to UN estimates, the urban population of the developing world alone will increase from 2.7 billion in the year 2011 to 5.1 billion by 2050. To accommodate the... Read more
Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 16:03
In February, SDI launched a landmark publication titled “Know Your City: Slum Dwellers Count,” showcasing the extraordinary contribution of the Know Your City (KYC) campaign to creating understanding and taking action to reduce urban poverty and exclusion. Over the next weeks, we will post a new chapter from the book every Monday and related material on our social media platforms daily. The idea... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 11:11
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated by the world’s greatest cities are as much as 60% higher than currently estimated, when also accounting for the impact of trade in goods and services between cities and the rest of the world. New analysis by C40 Cities, the University of Leeds, University of New South Wales, and Arup examined the GHG emissions associated with goods and services consumed by... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 12:16
“As the pace of technological change rapidly accelerates, Cities Outlook 2018 couldn’t be more relevant. The future of work in UK Cities is a subject that will dominate local and national level policy making and is of huge importance in Wakefield and the Key Cities. This report is essential reading for city leaders on what the impact of these changes could mean, as well as for understanding the... Read more

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