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Posted on Monday, September 23, 2019 - 17:21
It gives me great pleasure to present UN-Habitat’s Strategic Plan for the period 2020-2023. The basis of the Plan is UN-Habitat’s new vision of “a better quality of life for all in an urbanizing world”. This vision is encapsulated in the Plan’s 4 domains of change namely: • Reduced spatial inequality and poverty in communities across the urban - rural continuum; • Enhanced shared prosperity of... Read more
Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 20:25
This storybook is the culmination of an experiment to reimagine the People’s Biodiversity Register (PBR), a tool to document biological diversity from local communities. The limitations of the current format is that biodiversity is seen as a purely scientific understanding, and doesn’t give weight to knowledge as a whole, and local practices within which knowledge is acquired and embedded. The... Read more
Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 20:20
Do those of us who lead an urban lifestyle consider biodiversity too remote a problem? Or are we aware that the choices we make, our consumption patterns and our outlook towards natural resources define which and how many species we will share the planet with in the future? The storybook unravels these themes and others that draw connections between the urban lifestyle and biological diversity. ... Read more
Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 09:53
Heritage and Sustainable Urban Transformations introduces the concept of ‘deep cities’, a novel approach to the understanding and management of sustainable historic cities that will advance knowledge about how the long-term, temporal and transformative character of urban heritage can be better integrated into urban policies for sustainable futures. Contrary to the growing emphasis on green or... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 09:21
Melaka State in Malaysia has strong sustainability aspirations and is an important member of the Global Platform for Sustainable Cities (GPSC). To inform the next update to Melaka’s State Structure Plan, GPSC performed a sustainability outlook diagnostic to holistically consider six dimensions of the state’s urban sustainability. The diagnostic consists of an overview report—containing a policy... Read more
Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 09:58
We live in an urban world: more than 55 per cent of the world population lives in urban areas today and this number will grow to 68 per cent by 2050. Cities are particularly vulnerable to Climate Change as the concentrate large populations and a centres for the national economy and social-economic development. In order to build the climate resilience of the national population and economy,... 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 Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 10:12
The challenges in accessing land faced by women in the Muslim world do not substantially differ from those faced by women in other parts of the world. Various factors, including socially prescribed gender roles, unequal power dynamics at household and community level, discriminatory family practices, unequal access to justice, institutions and land administration processes, traditional norms and... 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 Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 04:03
This UNICEF publication presents concepts, evidence and technical strategies to bring children to the foreground of urban planning. By focusing on children, it provides guidance on the central role that urban planning should play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), from a global perspective to a local context, by creating thriving and equitable cities where children live in... Read more

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