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Posted on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 08:15
Infrastructure 2014: Shaping the Competitive City is the eighth in a series of annual reports from the Urban Land Institute and EY. Infrastructure 2014, based on a survey of approximately 440 top public and real estate leaders from around the world, assesses the role of infrastructure in supporting and attracting metropolitan real estate investment and supporting urban prosperity, and identifies... Read more
Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 11:23
The latest report by the Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (EEFIG) titled Energy Efficiency - the first fuel for the EU Economy. How to drive new finance for energy efficiency investments was launched in Brussels today. The interim report of the group co-convened by the European Commission / Directorate-General for Energy Energy and UNEP FI focuses on the financing of energy... Read more
Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 09:15
Developing countries are urbanizing fast. To meet the challenges that creates, city leaders must move quickly to plan, connect, and finance resilient and sustainable growth. A new World Bank report provides a framework to help. Cities are where development challenges and solutions meet. With the cities of emerging economies expected to double from 2 billion to 4 billion people between 2000 and... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 09:30
There's a lot of talking at the World Urban Forum. There's also a lot of pre-talking so that all the talking has a focus. The result is these concept papers that will guide many of the discussions in Medellín. All of which are pointed toward the general theme of the whole event: “Urban Equity in Development - Cities for Life”   Main concept paper for the WUF7 Urban Equity in Development -... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 17:11
Final report of the Sustainable Cities Days took place in the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 11 to 13 December 2013. The meeting brought together ministers, mayors, high-level representation of the United Nations and representatives of local associations, with the objective to share solutions that are currently being implemented to ensure the sustainability of the cities. 
Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 09:31
A new report recommends that China curb rapid urban sprawl by reforming land requisition, give migrants urban residency and equal access to basic public services, and reform local financesby finding stable revenues and by allowing local governments to borrow directly within strict central rules. As China's people are increasingly concentrated in cities, with 200 million more urban dwellers than a... Read more
Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 16:24
Urbanization is the degree of or increase in urban character or nature. It may refer to a geographical area combining urban and rural parts, or to the transformation of an individual locality from less to more urban. The term can describe a condition at a specific time, namely the proportion of total population or area in urban localities or areas ( cities and towns), or the increase of this... Read more
Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 09:45
The world’s population is increasingly urban; urban areas are increasingly recognised as being susceptible to the impacts of disasters and climate change; and a high proportion of urban residents are children. Yet despite the growing acceptance of each of these realities, relatively little research, policy, or practical attention has been paid to how each interacts with the other. Consequently... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 08:56
The newly published third report on The State of African Cities  shows how informal development is a key force in the continent’s urbanisation, yet also poses major dilemmas. The report’s sub-title “Re-imagining sustainable urban transitions” suggests both the need to come up with new answers, but also the elusiveness of solutions. Anybody interested in Africa, sustainable development or planning... Read more
Posted on Monday, March 10, 2014 - 09:15
Much has been said about the impact of rapid urbanization, particularly in Asia, where urban growth has exploded in recent years. The United Nations (UN), in fact, estimates that Asia’s urban population will reach more than 2 billion by 2020. The population increase and growing dynamism have largely been beneficial, as Asian cities became the main drivers of economic growth, and contributed to... Read more

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