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Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 09:12
ADAPT NOW: THE URGENCY OF ACTION Climate change is one of the greatest threats facing humanity, with far-reaching and devastating impacts on people, the environment, and the economy. Climate impacts affect all regions of the world and cut across all sectors of society. People who did the least to cause the problem—especially those living in poverty and fragile areas—are most at risk.   Consider:... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 08:54
This Report responds to the invitation for IPCC ‘… to provide a Special Report in 2018 on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways’ contained in the Decision of the 21st Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to adopt the Paris Agreement The IPCC accepted the invitation in... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 10:33
The liveability survey quantifies the challenges that might be presented to an individual's lifestyle in 140 cities worldwide and provides a profile for each country. Each city is assigned a score for over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories of stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. Source: The Economist This article is... Read more
Posted on Monday, September 2, 2019 - 10:31
Humanity is a predominantly urban species, with over 56% of us living in cities. By 2050 68% will do so, reflecting a speed of urbanisation even faster than previously predicted. This process is occurring most visibly in developing countries, some of which struggle to deal with the extent of change. Indeed, the challenges of urbanisation, if unmet, can entail substantial human and economic risks... Read more
Posted on Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 11:00
Land is a key economic resource inextricably linked to access to, use of and control over other economic and productive resources. Recognition of this, and the increasing stress on land from the world’s growing population and changing climate, has driven demand for strengthening tenure security for all. This has created the need for a core set of land indicators that have national application and... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 12:06
Tackling corruption in urban development is a key policy challenge of our time. Activating the professional integrity of the urban planning community is a particularly promising and underexplored response to this challenge, especially in the context of Africa. These are the two key messages that this working paper seeks to advance, referencing some of the most pertinent empirics on urban... Read more
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