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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
Posted on Monday, April 29, 2019 - 12:03
In many developing and emerging economies like India, China, and Pakistan, air pollution is a rapidly escalating issue. By 2030, more than 50% of India’s population1 is expected to live in urban areas with the highest population density being in the National Capital Region of Delhi. This rapid urbanisation is forcing people to create homes where there were none before and has, in part, led to an... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 16:15
Housing and Land Rights Network India (HLRN) has released a new publication with data on forced evictions collected by HLRN’s National Eviction and Displacement Observatory. Forced Evictions in India in 2018: An Unabating National Crisis reveals that government authorities, in both the central and state spheres, forcefully evicted, at a minimum, 202,233 people across urban and rural India... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 14:14
Future climate projections indicate that, in addition to other impacts, there could be a decrease in food security from a global level to the local level, especially among developing countries. In Africa agriculture accounts for 65 percent of the employment and 35 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP), but poverty remains high in rural areas where most of the population depends on... Read more
Posted on Friday, April 12, 2019 - 13:54
The Cities and Climate Change Science Conference (co-sponsored by Cities Alliance, C-40, Future Earth, ICLEI, Local Governments for Sustainability, SDSN, UCLG, UN-Habitat, UNEnvironment and WCRP) took place in Edmonton, Canada in March 2018. It brought together practitioners, policy makers and scientists to develop a global research agenda for “advancing the science we need for the cities we want... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 16:59
Cities are constantly adapting to climate change –– whether it’s installing flood barriers or planting trees, adaptation is a crucial part of climate action planning. To help cities document the progress and impacts of climate change adaptation initiatives, we’ve partnered with Ramboll Consulting to develop a framework that cities can use to monitor, evaluate and report (MER) on their adaptation... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 14:36
Transit-oriented development, commonly known as TOD, is a planning and design strategy that focuses on creating urban development patterns which facilitate the use of public transit,walking and cycling, as primary modes of transport and which supports vibrant, diverse and livable communities. This is achieved by concentrating urban densities, communities and activities within a 5-10 minute... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 11:19
Based on the experiences and inputs from Atlanta, Barcelona and Île-de-France, the pilot project, Metroairports, investigated, between 2017 and 2019, the interactions of airports within the territory where they are located.The report shows the results of the case studies of four airport areas (Barcelona-El Prat, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson and Paris Charles de Gaulle - Paris Orly) that were... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 12:37
A new generation of infrastructure projects that harness the power of nature can help achieve development goals, including water security and climate resilience. In this report from the World Bank and World Resources Institute, both organizations are calling for green infrastructure, such as mangroves and wetlands, to play a bigger role in traditional infrastructure planning. Integrating nature... Read more