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Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 15:20
Shaping urbanization for children, a handbook on child-responsive urban planning, presents concepts, evidence and technical strategies to bring children to the foreground of urban planning. By focusing on children, this publication provides guidance on the central role that urban planning should play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), from a global perspective to a local... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 10:12
The challenges in accessing land faced by women in the Muslim world do not substantially differ from those faced by women in other parts of the world. Various factors, including socially prescribed gender roles, unequal power dynamics at household and community level, discriminatory family practices, unequal access to justice, institutions and land administration processes, traditional norms and... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 16:10
The accelerating impacts of climate change, and the need to avoid much larger impacts in the future, bring urgency to scaling up action on adaptation and resilience. The World Bank Group (WBG) is making adaptation and resilience a key priority of its 2025 Climate Change Targets that will elevate adaptation to an equal footing with climate mitigation actions. Climate change threatens the... Read more
Posted on Monday, January 14, 2019 - 14:59
The “Housing, Land and Property Issues of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon from Homs City” project was launched in 2017 in partnership with UNHCR and with the support of the Ford Foundation. The aim of the study is to analyze the housing arrangements that refugees coming from Homs city have secured, seven years into the crisis, in addition to their living conditions, the implications of their legal... Read more
Posted on Friday, January 11, 2019 - 13:08
Cities are central to life on our planet. Urban areas generate more than 75% of global GDP, contribute to about 75% of carbon emissions from global final energy use, and are home to the majority of the world population, including over 863 million urban dwellers living in slums and informal settlements. Understanding how cities work, what opportunities and challenges they afford humanity, and how... Read more
Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 10:10
The availability and affordability of decent housing has become an important economic and social concern in the European Union (EU), as housing price increases in metropolitan regions have often outpaced wage increases. Housing is at the heart of growing economic divides in Europe. This is because productivity growth, which comes with higher wages and better jobs, is concentrated in cities and... Read more
Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 09:55
The State of Sri Lankan Cities 2018 presents the first comprehensive assessment of Sri Lanka’s recent urban development. The Report is  a key output of the State of Sri Lankan Cities Project. It outlines a vision of a better urban future for all Sri Lankans, drawing on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and New Urban Agenda, as well as key Government of Sri Lanka strategic documents. The... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 15:35
This publication showcases 50 innovative case studies from cities in the People’s Republic of China that are mitigating against and adapting to climate change. Solutions being implemented in these cities are proving that reducing carbon dioxide emissions and protecting the environment need not sacrifice economic prosperity. This publication is an initiative of the Asian Development Bank to... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 09:40
Emissions Gap Report The goal of the Paris Agreement on climate change, as agreed at the Conference of the Parties in 2015, is to keep global temperature rise this century to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. It also calls for efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The annual UN Environment Emissions Gap Report presents an assessment... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 15:47
The world's major industries are all set for further growth in 2019, but there are some worrying risks. Two years ago, when The Economist Intelligence Unit issued Industries in 2017, we predicted that the election of Donald Trump as US president in November 2016 could bring huge changes for global business. We were not wrong. This edition of our annual report discusses the changes that Mr Trump's... Read more

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