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Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 11:09
There are two challenges that future generations will remember the 21st century for - urbanisation and climate change. For centuries, cities have been at the centre of civilisation and human progress. Because cities are where the future is, urban environments need to evolve to match human aspirations. Today, half the world’s population lives in cities and this proportion will rise to 75 per cent... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 16:15
The 2017 edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report, entitled “Wastewater: The Untapped Resource”, demonstrates how improved wastewater management generates social, environmental and economic benefits essential for sustainable development. In particular, the Report seeks to inform decision-makers, government, civil society and private sector, about the importance of managing... Read more
Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017 - 16:55
How can smart investments be made in an increasingly uncertain world? The cost of building critical infrastructure and new buildings over the course of a long build phase is notoriously difficult to predict, making the challenge of providing as much cost and commercial certainty as possible a vital one.  Fluctuating currencies and commodity prices, and unexpected political developments have... Read more
Posted on Friday, March 24, 2017 - 11:13
A European housing body has warned that homelessness and exclusion from housing has reached crisis point in the majority of countries in the EU. European Union. Feantsa, the European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless, has released its second report on housing exclusion in Europe, in conjunction with French housing charity Fondation Abbé Pierre. The report highlights “... Read more
Posted on Friday, March 24, 2017 - 10:53
The world is rapidly urbanizing.  How does this affect hunger and malnutrition?  IFPRI’s 2017 Global Food Policy Report takes an in-depth look at the challenges and opportunities of urbanization for food security and nutrition. Critical questions addressed in this Report include: What do we know about the impacts of urbanization on hunger and nutrition? What are our greatest research and data... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 15:40
Central America is undergoing an important transition. Urban populations are increasing at accelerated speeds, bringing pressing challenges for development, as well as opportunities to boost sustained, inclusive and resilient growth. Today, 59 percent of the region’s population lives in urban areas, but it is expected that 7 out of 10 people will live in cities within the next generation. At... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 17:44
Since 2002, over 5.6 million Afghans have returned from neighbouring countries and as many as 40% of them have not been able to reintegrate in their original locations. The total number of recorded IDPs in Afghanistan is more than 1.2 million. These returnees together with IDPs, rural-urban migrants and high natural population growth have resulted in an unprecedented expansion of Afghan cities.... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 16:21
“The Cross-cutting Progress Report 2016 covers UN-Habitat’s activities and achievements, during the course of 2016, in the way of its four cross-cutting issues: climate change, gender, human rights, and youth. The Report presents an overview of the mandate and structure of each of the cross-cutting issues, as well as presenting case studies of the Agency’s work on the ground relating to these... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 11:46
Many cities across the globe are being undermined by chronic insecurity and violence, which are often connected to crime challenges originating beyond their municipal borders. Analyses across ten cities, undertaken for the purposes of developing this framework, identified several key illicit flows that were relatively common and had a direct link to city safety, including trafficking of persons... Read more
Posted on Friday, March 3, 2017 - 11:52
The Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC) is conducting a second round stakeholder consultation on the Global Macro Roadmap: An Actionable Vision on the Decarbonization of Transport. The Paris Agreement on Climate Change sets an overall long-term direction for climate change policy which should be in line with the ambitious target of limiting temperature increase (’well below 2°C’ above... Read more

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