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Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 12:37
As countries adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, the inclusion of a separate goal on urbanization (SDG 11)—to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable—was hailed as a breakthrough, establishing the significance of cities to the 2030 Agenda. Four years in, it is clear that cities matter beyond the confines of SDG 11. Interdependencies... Read more
Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 08:17
A Better World: Volume 5 outlines the concept, the main elements and the current international framework for assessing the progress towards SDG11. It proposes a stepwise approach to further tailor national requirements with the overall goal of making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. The following articles discuss the progress and challenges in this... Read more
Posted on Monday, June 10, 2019 - 14:44
Cities are growing at an unprecedented rate, presenting an incredible opportunity for the development of local economies. However, their residents need good, affordable housing – and this remains a challenge around the world. Well-functioning property markets can act as a financial springboard for enterprises and job creation. An enabling environment for affordable housing can be developed with... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 13:01
This is the fifth Annual Performance Report on progress made in the implementation of the six-year strategic plan (2014-2019) and delivery of the biennial work programme for 2018-2019. The strategic plan is being implemented through three consecutive biennial work programmes and budgets and this is the final phase. The 2018 Annual Performance Report has been prepared in accordance with Governing... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 12:36
The United States has posted more than 100 consecutive months of net job gains since the economic recovery began in 2010, making this the longest expansion in seven decades. Yet, for many, wage growth has lagged, leaving many families economically insecure. Meanwhile, job and economic growth continue to accrue in select corners of the nation, leading to disparate economic and social outcomes... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 15:39
This book features a comprehensive foresight assessment, exploring the pressures — threats as well as opportunities — on the global agriculture & food systems between now and 2050. The overarching aim is to help readers understand the context, by analyzing global trends and anticipating change for better planning and constructing pathways from the present to the future by focusing on the... Read more
Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 16:29
Cities have emerged as major players on the international scene in recent years. Yet, their ambition to project themselves internationally and to influence global agendas is not a new phenomenon. Cities have operated through organised networks for decades. The first international organisation of cities was the International Union of Local Authorities, created in 1913. Towards the end of the past... Read more
Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 16:18
UN-Habitat support to the human settlements sector in the Malawi will address three complementary strategic pillars, critical for sustainable urbanization and urban poverty reduction: advocacy for sustainable urban development, shelter and basic services, and enhanced capacity to manage urbanization.This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban... Read more
Posted on Monday, April 29, 2019 - 14:34
The Housing Profile of Cuba is a unique report that reveals the structure and functioning of the housing sector in Cuba. The report is an excellent source to understand the evolution and ongoing transformation taking place in the housing sector in contemporary Cuba. The making of the report brought together key Cuban experts who prepared advanced chapters depicting the analysis of the... Read more
Posted on Monday, April 29, 2019 - 14:29
Access to water is a human right: it is vital for the dignity of each and every individual. The 2019 edition of the World Water Development Report focuses on the theme of “Leaving No One Behind”. It argues that fulfilling the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation for all can also significantly contribute to the achievement of the broad set of goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable... Read more