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Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 14:31
This report takes stock of discussions held between academics and country practitioners during a series of seminars organised in 2017 by the OECD and the European Commission that focused on opportunities to improve the design and delivery of regional development policies. What can governments do to enhance economic development in regions and cities ? What lessons can be drawn from theory and... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 10:46
The report is an advocacy piece to raise awareness around the need to shift the typical way urban water has been managed and to share emerging principles and solutions that may improve urban water supply security in water scarce cities. It aims to promote successes, outline challenges and principles, and extract key lessons learned for future efforts. It builds on the experiences of over 20 water... Read more
Posted on Monday, March 26, 2018 - 16:58
Through the International Conferences of Local and Regional Authorities on Water, held during each World Water Forum, the World Water Council and its long-standing partners such as United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the Global Water Operators’ Partnership Alliance (GWOPA)/UN-Habitat are working with local governments to strengthen the... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 08:38
In 2018 Singapore retains its title as the world’s most expensive city for the fifth consecutive year in a top ten that is largely split between Asia and Europe. Seoul is the only other city in the top ten that has maintained its ranking from the previous year. In the rest of Asia, Hong Kong and Sydney join Singapore and Seoul in the top ten. Low inflation has pushed Tokyo and Osaka out of the... Read more
Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 10:59
The national urban-rural divide narrative is one that touts (or bemoans) the all-consuming growth of our nation’s largest cities and laments rural communities as devoid of economic potential. But this isn't the whole story.  In a challenge to the conventional narrative, Bridging the Urban-Rural Economic Divide finds that stronger links between urban and rural areas are key to spurring local,... Read more
Posted on Friday, March 9, 2018 - 10:36
The supply of affordable and adequate housing has been overwhelmed by the demand of the millions of rural poor who have migrated to cities in hope of finding better employment, health care, and better educational opportunities. According to UN estimates, the urban population of the developing world alone will increase from 2.7 billion in the year 2011 to 5.1 billion by 2050. To accommodate the... Read more
Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 16:03
In February, SDI launched a landmark publication titled “Know Your City: Slum Dwellers Count,” showcasing the extraordinary contribution of the Know Your City (KYC) campaign to creating understanding and taking action to reduce urban poverty and exclusion. Over the next weeks, we will post a new chapter from the book every Monday and related material on our social media platforms daily. The idea... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 11:11
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated by the world’s greatest cities are as much as 60% higher than currently estimated, when also accounting for the impact of trade in goods and services between cities and the rest of the world. New analysis by C40 Cities, the University of Leeds, University of New South Wales, and Arup examined the GHG emissions associated with goods and services consumed by... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 12:16
“As the pace of technological change rapidly accelerates, Cities Outlook 2018 couldn’t be more relevant. The future of work in UK Cities is a subject that will dominate local and national level policy making and is of huge importance in Wakefield and the Key Cities. This report is essential reading for city leaders on what the impact of these changes could mean, as well as for understanding the... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 20:41
The Regional Action Plan for the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda in Latin America and the Caribbean (RAP) seeks to be the regional expression of the New Urban Agenda (NUA). It promotes evidence-based policy making, setting out potential actions and interventions as well as relevant and priority policy guidance for all Latin American and Caribbean countries towards the achievement of... Read more

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