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Posted on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 10:31
The World Urban Forum is the world’s premier conference on urban issues. It was established by the United Nations to examine one of the most pressing issues facing the world today: rapid urbanization and its impact on communities, cities, economies, climate change and policies. The Forum is organized and convened by the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 10:15
The report looks into Aberdeen city’s architecture and infrastructural evolution over the years. It examines the processes of renewing old infrastructure and bringing them to maximum utilization in today’s age of technologically driven cities. Relying on secondary literature, observations and facilities inspection, and discussions with some of the city’s residents, the report reviewed the... Read more
Posted on Friday, April 10, 2015 - 11:02
Given the substantial growth in new construction in economies in transition, and the inefficiencies of existing building stock worldwide, if nothing is done, GHG emissions from buildings will more than double in the next 20 years. Therefore, if global targets for GHG emissions reduction are to be met, it is essential that mitigation of GHG emissions from buildings must be on every national... Read more
Posted on Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 08:43
Urban Planning for City Leaders is a valuable source of information, inspiration and ideas on urban planning that is designed for city leaders and decision makers at a critical moment in human history. Predicted human population growth over the next 50 years will have immense consequences for all cities, in particular intermediate cities with populations of up to two million people. Developed... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 15:40
This publication takes a retrospective look at how ten cities have grown and evolved using the planned city extension approach. The cities presented are very different: they are in developed or developing countries; they were built in the 17th or 20th centuries; they are neighbourhoods or complete cities; they house the rich and the poor. However, they also have common aspects that serve to... Read more
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2015 - 10:26
The ITF Transport Outlook examines the development of global transport volumes and related CO2 emissions and health impacts through to 2050. It examines factors that can affect supply and demand for transport services and focuses on scenarios illustrating potential upper and lower pathways, discussing their relevance to policy making. This edition presents an overview of long-run scenarios for... Read more
Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 17:31
In Spain a project has been launched called "Guía Climática para las elecciones municipales de mayo 2015", which aims, from a non-partisan perspective, to provide climate and environmental ideas and arguments to local political groups in Spain during the drafting of their electoral programs in the upcoming municipal elections in May. The guide covers aspects related with climate advocacy, the... Read more
Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 15:32
The purpose of this report is to take 50 of the world’s most prominent cities and look at how viable they are as places to live, their environmental impact, their financial stability, and how these elements complement one another. All 50 of these brilliantly different cities are in various stages of evolution – some being further along the sustainability journey than others. Each possesses its... Read more
Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 00:40
The document reviews approaches for Urban Mobility Plans (UMP) from various countries and showcases a growing number of examples calling for a shift away from the traditional, infrastructure-oriented approach towards sustainable and people-oriented planning. Urban Mobility Plans are used as planning tool and policy instrument to guide the development of transport in urban areas and surrounding... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 09:41
This report is an independent scientific review of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets, as submitted to the UN General Assembly by the UN Open Working Group (OWG). It is a unique tool designed primarily for negotiators, technical support teams and other actors engaged in defining a universal, integrated and transformational set of global goals and targets for sustainable... Read more