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Posted on Friday, January 11, 2019 - 13:08
Cities are central to life on our planet. Urban areas generate more than 75% of global GDP, contribute to about 75% of carbon emissions from global final energy use, and are home to the majority of the world population, including over 863 million urban dwellers living in slums and informal settlements. Understanding how cities work, what opportunities and challenges they afford humanity, and how... Read more
Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 10:10
The availability and affordability of decent housing has become an important economic and social concern in the European Union (EU), as housing price increases in metropolitan regions have often outpaced wage increases. Housing is at the heart of growing economic divides in Europe. This is because productivity growth, which comes with higher wages and better jobs, is concentrated in cities and... Read more
Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 09:55
The State of Sri Lankan Cities 2018 presents the first comprehensive assessment of Sri Lanka’s recent urban development. The Report is  a key output of the State of Sri Lankan Cities Project. It outlines a vision of a better urban future for all Sri Lankans, drawing on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and New Urban Agenda, as well as key Government of Sri Lanka strategic documents. The... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 15:35
This publication showcases 50 innovative case studies from cities in the People’s Republic of China that are mitigating against and adapting to climate change. Solutions being implemented in these cities are proving that reducing carbon dioxide emissions and protecting the environment need not sacrifice economic prosperity. This publication is an initiative of the Asian Development Bank to... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 09:40
Emissions Gap Report The goal of the Paris Agreement on climate change, as agreed at the Conference of the Parties in 2015, is to keep global temperature rise this century to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. It also calls for efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The annual UN Environment Emissions Gap Report presents an assessment... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 15:47
The world's major industries are all set for further growth in 2019, but there are some worrying risks. Two years ago, when The Economist Intelligence Unit issued Industries in 2017, we predicted that the election of Donald Trump as US president in November 2016 could bring huge changes for global business. We were not wrong. This edition of our annual report discusses the changes that Mr Trump's... Read more
Posted on Monday, November 26, 2018 - 10:35
This collection of 20 case studies gives practical information to those involved in city planning on how to address the issues encountered with an approach that puts peoples’ health at the centre of design. The main purpose of gathering such information is to illustrate concretely what is needed in order to apply the key principles of the International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 16:29
One of the greatest challenges for climate change adaptation is how to build resilience for the billion urban dwellers who are estimated to live in what are termed informal settlements . These settlements have been built outside the ‘formal’ system of laws and regulations that are meant to ensure safe, resilient structures, settlements and systems. But how is it possible to build resilience for... Read more
Posted on Monday, November 19, 2018 - 16:05
As the world’s population urbanizes, leading cities are working to develop sustainably, protect and serve citizens, and attract new investment, businesses, and talent. By harnessing the power of innovative digital technologies, these cities are becoming more sustainable, livable communities. But governments cannot execute this transformation alone. Increasingly, private sector businesses are... Read more
Posted on Monday, November 19, 2018 - 15:40
This century will be remembered as the urban century. Our generation will witness the most significant urban growth in human history. By 2050, there will be 2.4 billion more people in cities, a rate of urban growth that is equivalent to building a city with the population of London every seven weeks. Humanity will urbanize an area of 1.2 million km2 , larger than the country of Colombia (Figure 1... Read more

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