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Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 13:54
According to the just released 11th edition of Demographia World Urban Areas (Built-Up Urban Areas or World Agglomerations), there are now 34 urban areas in the world with more than 10 million residents, the minimum qualification for megacity status. Tokyo-Yokohama continues its 60 year leads the world's largest urban area. Before Tokyo-Yokohama, New York had been the world's largest urban area... Read more
Posted on Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 10:45
Establishing a long-term vision, conserving the city’s cultural heritage, optimizing land use, and integrating economic development are among some of the recommendations in an Urban Land Institute (ULI) report on the future urban regeneration of Shanghai. Titled Ten Principles for Urban Regeneration: Making Shanghai a Better City (PDF), the report combines the results of a two-day workshop in... Read more
Posted on Monday, February 2, 2015 - 14:56
The Safe Cities Index 2015 is an Economist Intelligence Unit report, sponsored by NEC. The report is based on an index composed of more than 40 quantitative and qualitative indicators. These indicators are split across four thematic categories: digital security; health security; infrastructure safety; and personal safety. Every city in the Index is scored across these four categories. Each... Read more
Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 10:00
Urban infrastructure insights 2015 examines the city infrastructure systems that require the most attention as well as what city leaders can do to develop solutions for their citizens and businesses. The report investigates infrastructure's importance for urban economic growth as well as the social, political and financial obstacles to effective infrastructure and service delivery. This research... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 21:47
The Global Opportunity Report is an annual report identifying 15 great opportunities for sustainable development. It also measures how attractive these are to decision-makers and influencers globally. The report contributes a unique new perspective on how we address sustainability challenges. Going beyond traditional cost-benefit and Life Cycle Analyses, we adopt a broader view in order to... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 10:24
The 2015 edition of the Global Risks report completes a decade of highlighting the most significant long-term risks worldwide, drawing on the perspectives of experts and global decision-makers. Over that time, analysis has moved from risk identification to thinking through risk interconnections and the potentially cascading effects that result. Taking this effort one step further, this year’s ... Read more
Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 11:26
A National Urban Policy is a coherent set of decisions derived through a deliberate government-led process of coordinating and rallying various actors for a common vision and goal that will promote more trans-formative, productive, inclusive and resilient urban development for the long term. As such an national urban policy is often an interactive process. The purpose of this publication is to... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 10:37
This guide outlines the factors that influence the set up and effective operation of a non-state actor mechanism in the land sector, particularly during a land reform process. Non-state actors (NSA) for the purpose of this guide include civil society organizations, the private sector and professional associations. A land sector non-state actor (LSNSA) mechanism is a means by which a group of NSAs... Read more
Posted on Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 23:18
A report on Emerging Trends in Real Estate in Europe for 2015 shows that Europe’s real estate industry expects to be busier and more profitable in 2015. This optimism is clear, despite weak fundamentals and economic conditions as well as an undercurrent of concern about the geopolitical situation in parts of the world. The confidence comes from the availability of capital. Real estate is awash... Read more
Posted on Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 10:30
This report is part of the eighth annual report T&E has published on progress in reducing CO2 emissions and improving the fuel efficiency of cars. This document focuses on average new car emissions in different Member States and highlights the effectiveness (or otherwise) of their different taxation policies in encouraging the purchase of lower carbon cars. For all petrol and diesel vehicles... Read more