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Posted on Friday, December 26, 2014 - 10:36
With government representatives having just gathered in Lima, Peru, to discuss cuts in their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the timing is ripe to discuss the role of the world’s business sector in likewise reducing emissions. Are the world’s 500 largest businesses (Global 500) reducing their GHG emissions at a rate consistent with the global scientific consensus on the risks of climate change?... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 10:49
Part of a series of four entitled Urban Patterns for a Green Economy, this guide explores the compact city and its benefits within the developed and developing world’s contexts. The guide illustrates how the compact city concept and planned (versus unplanned) urban extension can support sustainable urban patterns that benefit the functioning of developed as well as developing world cities.... Read more
Posted on Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 00:12
What this new edition of State of the World’s Cities shows is that prosperity for all has been compromised by a narrow focus on economic growth. UN-Habitat suggests a fresh approach to prosperity beyond the solely economic emphasis, including other vital dimensions such as quality of life, adequate infrastructures, equity and environmental sustainability. The Report proposes a new tool – the City... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 10:23
Urban transport plays a crucial role in this transformation, helping cities become major players in the global fight against climate change. As the 2014 Better Growth, Better Climate report shows, the urban population will increase by at least 2.5 billion people by 2050, and while emissions from industry are decreasing, those related to transport are expected to rise more than 50% by 2030. About... Read more
Posted on Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 08:58
In the last 30 years, China’s record economic growth lifted half a billion people out of poverty, with rapid urbanization providing abundant labor, cheap land, and good infrastructure. While China has avoided some of the common ills of urbanization, strains are showing as inefficient land development leads to urban sprawl and ghost towns, pollution threatens people’s health, and farmland and... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 09:02
This third report in the Turn Down the Heat series covers three World Bank regions: Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC); the Middle East and North Africa (MENA); and parts of Europe and Central Asia (ECA). The focus is on the risks of climate change to development. While covering a range of sectors, special attention is paid to projected impacts on food and energy systems, water resources, and... Read more
Posted on Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 09:14
As we approach the Millennium Development Goals deadline, the lessons, successes and remaining challenges are becoming increasingly clear. This report highlights what we have achieved on water and sanitation, and where we need to accelerate efforts. Source: UNICEF NB: Press Cutting Service This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by... Read more
Posted on Monday, December 1, 2014 - 15:42
The evaluation conducted from July through October of 2013, was managed expertly by the Evaluation Unit in close consultation with the Research and Capacity Building Branch. This evaluation took place against the background of: (1) A decision by UN-Habitat’s Management Board to discontinue both flagship reports as currently produced and published and, instead, to prepare a single flagship report... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 09:54
Access to safe drinking-water and basic sanitation is essential to human health and survival. But for many people living in low-resource settings, these vital services remain out of reach. The UN-Water GLAAS 2014 Report, Investing in Water and Sanitation: Increasing Access, Reducing Inequalities is the third biennial GLAAS report. It presents data from 94 countries, covering all MDG regions. It... Read more
Posted on Monday, November 24, 2014 - 15:43
A key finding of this report is “the expansion of cities has been accompanied by changes in land use, both in terms of form as well as structure. Streets, as public spaces, have lost their importance in terms of their share of land, as well as their prominent role in shaping the culture and history of cities.”  Another key finding of this report is “prosperous cities are those that recognize the... Read more