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Posted on Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 08:36
Many cities in Europe and around the world have developed SUMPs, while numerous European Union funded projects and programmes have contributed valuable knowledge that helped cities to develop this new generation of mobility plans. An entire community of practice has formed around Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning: A wealth of good practices are being shared by practitioners, numerous (mostly)... Read more
Posted on Monday, July 22, 2019 - 16:10
The World Development Report (WDR) 2019: The Changing Nature of Work studies how the nature of work is changing as a result of advances in technology today. Fears that robots will take away jobs from people have dominated the discussion over the future of work, but the World Development Report 2019 finds that on balance this appears to be unfounded. Work is constantly reshaped by technological... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 13:19
In an economy characterized by ever-increasing metropolisation, one of the biggest challenges for public authorities is to provide affordable housing for new arrivals and local populations alike. As purely market-based development will always tend to benefit those at the top of the social ladder and displace those at the bottom (or worse, render them homeless), metropolitan governments must... Read more
Posted on Monday, July 15, 2019 - 14:51
The circular economy offers an alternative way to the linear ‘take-make-waste’ economy that is harming people and the environment. It seeks to extract the maximum value from resources in use and keeps materials in circulation for as long as possible. This entails prioritising regenerative resources as material inputs and making the most out of existing resources and materials, through strategies... Read more
Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:51
About 90% of cities around the world do not provide affordable housing or of adequate quality. The cost of housing, as well as location, prohibits people from meeting other basic living costs, threatening their employment and fundamental human rights. Cities are growing at an unprecedented rate, presenting an incredible opportunity for the development of local economies. However, their residents... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 16:17
Most analyses of organised crime in Africa focus on illegal trafficking of commodities such as drugs, arms and wildlife. However, there have been few studies of what may be the largest type of organised criminal activity in Africa: land allocation, real estate and property development, which includes infrastructure and the delivery of basic public services such as water and electricity,... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 13:38
Today 60 percent of Moroccans reside in urban areas, as opposed to 35 percent in 1970. By 2050, nearly three-quarters of the country’s population will be living in cities. Along with the concentration of people, urbanization will lead to the increasing concentration of economic activities in cities, which today are estimated to account for about 75 percent of the country’s GDP and 70 percent of... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 12:51
War, violence and persecution drove worldwide forced displacement to another new high in 2018. UNHCR’s annual Global Trends Report – released on 19 June 2019 – shows that nearly 70.8 million people were displaced at the end of 2018. Some 13.6 people were newly displaced during the course of the year. Overwhelmingly it is developing countries that are most affected. View report Source: UNHCR This... Read more
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