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Posted on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 14:41
Mastercard released its 2017 Global Destination Cities Index, which provides a ranking of the 132 most visited cities around the world. Measured by the number of international overnight visitors, the study, now in its ninth year, predicts which countries will be the most visited in 2017. Source: Mastercard This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on... Read more
Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 - 13:31
The sustainability of urban logistics is an important issue for rapidly growing cities worldwide. Although many cities have developed strategies to move people more efficiently and safely within the urban environment, much less attention has been paid to the importance of delivering goods to people at work and home. It is an issue hiding in plain sight, as urban infrastructure is often not... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 11:13
The UN Sustainable Development Goals aim to address the world’s most pressing challenges—from poverty to climate change—by aligning priorities and developing shared metrics to measure progress. While the SDG framework is designed for nations, all levels of government will need data to track performance and target resources effectively. We show that the majority of SDG targets are relevant to US... Read more
Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 - 15:11
Cities throughout the world are witnessing rapid growth, thus increasing the demand for high-quality services and necessitating that governments and municipalities develop improved solutions that fulfill the requirements for sustainable urban development and assure the social, economic, and environmental interactions distinctive of cities in the modern era. The observable acceleration in... Read more
Posted on Friday, September 8, 2017 - 12:45
Kumar is the sole provider for his family. He runs an ironing service in Bengaluru that brings in between $6 and $7.50 a day, enough to barely get by. When the power cuts out two to three times a day in the summer for as long as four hours, Kumar has to leave the irons dormant and he brings home much less. Cities that are already struggling to provide clean, affordable and reliable energy to... Read more
Posted on Monday, August 28, 2017 - 17:13
In October 2016, country and city representatives agreed on the New Urban Agenda (NUA) in Quito, which forms an ambitious baseline for sustainable urban development until 2030. GIZ-SUTP is contributing to the NUA by publishing a new Factsheet Series. The series addresses mayors and practitioners, outlines strategies that are crucial for realizing the objectives of the NUA and provides very... Read more
Posted on Friday, August 25, 2017 - 13:44
After two destructive civil conflicts between 1989 and 2003, Liberia’s proactive efforts to revive its economy and development are reflected by the improvements and reconstruction taking place in its cities. However, the disproportionate rate of urbanisation and urban primacy has generated significant challenges which could impede national development. If Liberia is to achieve inclusive economic... Read more
Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 14:54
The urban population of middle-income countries will swell in the coming decades—from 2.6 billion today to 4.3 billion by 2050. Over the same timeframe, the urban share of middle-income country residents will rise from just over 50 percent to nearly two-thirds. The urban population of South Africa is expected to grow by 14 million; Brazil by 35 million; Nigeria by more than 200 million; China by... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 16:24
The debate on the role of cities in ensuring safer environments for their residents continues to evolve. As cities throughout the world face the challenge of balancing limited budgets with the requirement to deliver multiple lines of service and infrastructure, the critical aspect of safety is not always a focus, particularly in the developing world. This is often because the responsibility for... Read more
Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 15:45
For the seventh consecutive year, Melbourne in Australia is the most liveable urban centre of the 140 cities surveyed, closely followed by the Austrian capital, Vienna. In fact, only 0.1 percentage points separate the top two cities, and just 0.2 and 0.3 percentage points separate Canada’s Vancouver and Toronto (ranked 3rd and 4th, respectively), from Melbourne. Another Canadian city, Calgary,... Read more

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