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Posted on Monday, June 2, 2014 - 12:20
The outcomes of the WBCSD Urban Infrastructure Initiative (UII) suggest that all cities seeking to realize their sustainability objectives can benefit from engaging with business early in the planning and strategy development process. Early engagement leverages the capability of business to identify innovative and cost-effective solutions to complex, cross-cutting urban sustainability challenges... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 11:53
Over 47,000 people were killed while walking in the U.S. between 2003 and 2012, a rate that has been rising in the last few years. The majority of those deaths could have likely been prevented with safer street design, according to this report. Source: Smart Growth America NB: Press Cutting Service This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 14:56
A recently released report bt UN-Habitat suggests that taking advantage of streets as the natural conduits that connect slums with the city can be a driving force for citywide slum upgrading.  Historically, governments have implemented slum upgrading projects and programmes of varying scale and scope.  Despite the wealth of experience and knowledge, the growth of slums and the multiplication of... Read more
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