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Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 09:32
Significance More than 50% of people now live in urban areas. By 2050 this proportion will be 70%. Urbanization is associated with increased levels of mental illness, but it’s not yet clear why. Through a controlled experiment, we investigated whether nature experience would influence rumination (repetitive thought focused on negative aspects of the self), a known risk factor for mental illness... Read more
Posted on Monday, August 22, 2016 - 12:05
The demography of cities in the 21st century will be shaped, to a large extent, by migration. This paper argues that the rights-based approach to urban policy advocated in the preparatory work of Habitat III, the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development to be held in October 2016 in Quito, Ecuador, may not be conducive to this goal. The approach lacks a contextual and dynamic... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 19:18
On 1 January 2016, the world officially began implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development—the transformative plan of action based on 17 Sustainable Development Goals—to address urgent global challenges over the next 15 years. This agenda is a road map for people and the planet that will build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals and ensure sustainable social and... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 11:27
New Urban Agenda Zero draft’, released 6 May 2016 Zero draft (Spanish/unofficial) Zero draft (Portuguese/unofficial) Translations for each of these papers are available here Comments by member states and stakeholders on these papers are available here Issue Papers The first major output of the Habitat III process took place in May 2015, when agencies from across the United Nations and others... Read more
Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 11:24
From Habitat II to Habitat III: Twenty Years of Urban Development   The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) started in 1976 with the UN Conference on Human Settlements in Vancouver, Canada, at a time when the governments began seriously to perceive the cities under their jurisdictions as “emerging futures” in their own right. Opening the event, Canadian Prime Minister... Read more
Posted on Monday, May 9, 2016 - 14:23
Preamble For the first time in history, more than half of humanity lives in urban areas. By 2050, this proportion will reach nearly 70%, making urbanization one of the 21st century’s most transformative trends, intensifying its social, economic, political, cultural, and environmental challenges and opportunities. Since the first United Nations Conference on Human Settlements in Vancouver in 1976... Read more
Posted on Monday, April 4, 2016 - 16:23
UCLG explains why all 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda matter to local governments in a new guide for local leaders. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a cause for celebration for local and regionalgovernments the world over. Even before the confirmation of the final 17 SDGs, the inclusive nature of the Post-2015 process itself represented a major victory for all... Read more
Posted on Friday, February 26, 2016 - 15:19
Despite numerous studies on townships, research into township economies and related commercial real estate markets is limited. The majority of studies refer to the economy only as part of a broader discussion about other themes such as housing. And, while the information in these studies is useful, it is not captured and discussed within an overarching conceptual framework, which would allow the... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 09:00
If there was any doubt in your mind about the onslaught of climate change to our survival on this planet, the Paris Agreement of 2015 provides strong consensus that the problem is very real. It demands the immediate and collective action of governments, the private sector, you, and me. Keep in mind that while climate change is seen mostly as an environmental problem, it is more accurately a... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 09:44
Introduction The current economic situation in Europe creates concerns for and barriers to the deployment of local sustainable energy services. Therefore, much attention needs to be placed on developing and introducing innovative financing models, as well as redefining and improving existing financing schemes. More incentives are needed to stimulate private investments and realize a wider... Read more

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