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Posted on Friday, April 12, 2019 - 13:54
The Cities and Climate Change Science Conference (co-sponsored by Cities Alliance, C-40, Future Earth, ICLEI, Local Governments for Sustainability, SDSN, UCLG, UN-Habitat, UNEnvironment and WCRP) took place in Edmonton, Canada in March 2018. It brought together practitioners, policy makers and scientists to develop a global research agenda for “advancing the science we need for the cities we want... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 16:59
Cities are constantly adapting to climate change –– whether it’s installing flood barriers or planting trees, adaptation is a crucial part of climate action planning. To help cities document the progress and impacts of climate change adaptation initiatives, we’ve partnered with Ramboll Consulting to develop a framework that cities can use to monitor, evaluate and report (MER) on their adaptation... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 14:36
Transit-oriented development, commonly known as TOD, is a planning and design strategy that focuses on creating urban development patterns which facilitate the use of public transit,walking and cycling, as primary modes of transport and which supports vibrant, diverse and livable communities. This is achieved by concentrating urban densities, communities and activities within a 5-10 minute... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 11:19
Based on the experiences and inputs from Atlanta, Barcelona and Île-de-France, the pilot project, Metroairports, investigated, between 2017 and 2019, the interactions of airports within the territory where they are located.The report shows the results of the case studies of four airport areas (Barcelona-El Prat, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson and Paris Charles de Gaulle - Paris Orly) that were... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 12:37
A new generation of infrastructure projects that harness the power of nature can help achieve development goals, including water security and climate resilience. In this report from the World Bank and World Resources Institute, both organizations are calling for green infrastructure, such as mangroves and wetlands, to play a bigger role in traditional infrastructure planning. Integrating nature... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 16:50
In 2018,an estimated 27 percent (13 million) of Kenya’s population lived in cities and towns, of varied sizes, across the country. Towards the year 2050, this share will approach 50 percent of the total country population, which will be an equivalent of 44 million people. Kenya is thus undergoing an urban transition, which will induce structural transformations in social, economic and spatial... Read more
Posted on Monday, March 25, 2019 - 11:20
The World Happiness Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness that ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be. This year’s World Happiness Report focuses on happiness and the community: how happiness has evolved over the past dozen years, with a focus on the technologies, social norms, conflicts and government policies that have driven those... Read more
Posted on Friday, March 8, 2019 - 13:24
This Toolkit provides minimum standard guidelines and practical tools for creating safer and more accessible public transportation systems for women in African cities. It aims at showing public transport operators how to improve their services for women  and at local and national government authorities. UN-Habitat and the Flone Initiative developed the Toolkit based on the research conducted in... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 16:12
As major engines of economic growth, cities have the tools, knowledge, and ability to drive the circular economy agenda forward and unlock economic, environmental, and social benefits for cities. This paper forms a guide to the project: Circular Economy in Cities. The project lays out a suite of reference resources for urban policy makers and change makers. It includes a vision for the circular... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 14:20
The increasing levels of violence against women in cities and metropolis leads to a complete insecurity in the streets and public areas. This report on gender equality and women in urban development, addresses the lack of safety that they face everyday. It presents the findings of a review of the policies and programmes that metropolitan governments have established to proactively respond to... Read more

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