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Posted on Monday, May 19, 2014 - 08:59
Overview Even though progress towards the MDG target represents important gains in access for billions of people around the world, it has been uneven. Sharp geographic, sociocultural and economic inequalities in access persist and sometimes have increased. This report presents examples of unequal progress among marginalized and vulnerable groups. Section 1 presents the status of and trends in... Read more
Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 08:47
Cities in developing countries with quality health, housing and water drainage systems, can more easily adapt to a changing climate, says the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. David Satterthwaite, a leading expert on human settlements and one of the two coordinating lead authors of the urban chapter in the IPCC report, told IRIN the report’s message for urban centres in... Read more
Posted on Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 08:05
Investor Ready Cities, a new report from Siemens, PwC and Berwin Leighton Paisner, was launched today to provide city decision makers with the inspiration to create new approaches to private investment and to explain how to make cities investor ready. Technology company Siemens, international consultants PwC and law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner have joined forces to illustrate how successful... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 11:24
Some places in the United States are sprawling out, some places are building in compact and connected ways, and the difference between these two strategies affects the lives of millions of Americans. In 2002, Smart Growth America released Measuring Sprawl and Its Impact, a landmark study that has been widely used by researchers to examine the costs and benefits of sprawling development. In peer-... Read more
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