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Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 10:09
The co-benefits of urban liveability for the economy, social inclusion, environmental and social sustainability, and public health are now well recognised by all levels of government in Australia and internationally. Liveable communities are safe, socially cohesive and inclusive, and environmentally sustainable. They have affordable housing that is linked (via public transport, walking and... Read more
Posted on Monday, October 16, 2017 - 09:39
The Safe Cities Index 2017 is a report from The Economist Intelligence Unit sponsored by NEC. The report is based on the second iteration of the index, which ranks 60 cities across 49 indicators covering digital security, health security, infrastructure security and personal security. The index was devised and constructed by Chris Clague, Stefano Scuratti and Ruth Chiah. The report was written by... Read more
Posted on Friday, October 6, 2017 - 13:30
The Regional Action Plan (RAP) is a regional proposal that builds on the global framework for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. The New Urban Agenda is the principal outcome document of the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, Habitat III, held in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016. The implementation of the New Urban Agenda in Latin America and the... Read more
Posted on Friday, October 6, 2017 - 13:18
The National Solidarity Programme (NSP) was a flagship programme of the Government of Afghanistan benefiting from more than $2.3 billion of donor funding. The programme had the goal of building peace and solidarity amongst the people and to empower them to be responsible for local level governance and  development.The formation of Community Development Councils (CDC’s in each village through a... Read more
Posted on Friday, October 6, 2017 - 13:13
Cities are a driving force of the 21st century. Through bringing large numbers of people into close proximity, they spark economic growth, foster innovation, and generate prosperity. But they face the pressing challenges of creating a livable environment for their residents, enabling economic activity that benefits all citizens, and fostering urban development that is environmentally sustainable... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 15:18
Evidence shows that growing climatic variability has severe impacts on water availability and quality, which in turn jeopardizes social stability and jobs for the younger generations. This is particularly true in arid and semi-arid regions, where often migration is both the result of and a way to adapt to climate-induced environmental stresses and its social and economic impacts.  This paper... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 14:41
Mastercard released its 2017 Global Destination Cities Index, which provides a ranking of the 132 most visited cities around the world. Measured by the number of international overnight visitors, the study, now in its ninth year, predicts which countries will be the most visited in 2017. Source: Mastercard This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on... Read more
Posted on Monday, October 2, 2017 - 12:00
Cities are the world's social, economic, and political focal point. They are also beset with the most urgent challenges that societies face today including inequality, racism, social isolation, and climate change. Not to mention that billions of city dwellers are often unable to meet their basic needs for food, housing, and clean water.   Amidst this crisis lies tremendous opportunity for people ... Read more
Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 - 13:31
The sustainability of urban logistics is an important issue for rapidly growing cities worldwide. Although many cities have developed strategies to move people more efficiently and safely within the urban environment, much less attention has been paid to the importance of delivering goods to people at work and home. It is an issue hiding in plain sight, as urban infrastructure is often not... Read more
Posted on Monday, September 25, 2017 - 12:26
The unprecedented population growth in Africa and its projections followed by a high rate of urbanization are resulting in a growing number of huge urban agglomerations – cities and megacities. That phenomenon creates opportunities for the continent, but it also raises concerns about low levels of development and diminished quality of life among the majority of urban residents. African cities are... Read more

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