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Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 15:08
This year the World Development Indicators database has been improved to include more indicators that cover the Sustainable Development Goals and more data disaggregated by sex, age, wealth quintile, and urban or rural location. New data include access to clean cooking fuels and the number of industrial design applications registered globally. This edition reflects two major structural changes to... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 09:51
UN-Habitat’s Global Activities Report (GAR) 2017 aims to provide updates of the Agency’s programmatic delivery at the global, regional and national levels for the years 2015-2016. There has been a growing recognition of urbanization as an engine of sustainable development over the past two years, as reflected in the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Other... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 15:41
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development commits to promoting development in a balanced way – economically, socially and environmentally – in all countries of the world, leaving no one behind, and paying special attention to those people who are poorest or most excluded. While the future is impossible to predict, there are clear directions on several economic and social aspects that will... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 12:15
Rapid urban growth; growing food and nutrition insecurity; unbalanced food availability, distribution and access; environmental degradation, resource scarcity and climate change; unsustainable production and consumption patterns, including generation of food waste – all of these have important developmental implications for both urban and rural areas alike. It is increasingly recognised that in... Read more
Posted on Friday, April 21, 2017 - 13:09
This report provides the reader with compelling evidences drawn from the UN-Habitat Sample of 200 cities showing that urban planning and design is declining globally. It demonstrates that cities are expanding endlessly to peripheries on a pattern of low residential densities and fragmented urbanization, with housing becoming unaffordable by either home ownership or rental. The report brings... Read more
Posted on Friday, April 21, 2017 - 13:02
Research shows that there is a positive correlation between planned urbanization and development and that urban economies are more productive than rural economies. Well-planned urbanization can be a powerful tool for creating employment and livelihoods. This requires a mindset shift away from viewing urbanization as a problem towards viewing urbanization as a powerful tool for development. UN-... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 12:35
Why are carefully designed, sensible policies too often not adopted or implemented? When they are, why do they often fail to generate development outcomes such as security, growth, and equity? And why do some bad policies endure? This World Development Report 2017: Governance and the Law addresses these fundamental questions, which are at the heart of development. Policy making and policy... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 11:51
Cities Alliance has published its Annual Report for 2016, which highlights a truly exceptional year for the organisation with achievements in many areas – programmes, partnerships, global advocacy, and governance. Country Programmes On a programmatic level, 2016 marked the completion of five groundbreaking Country Programmes in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mozambique, Uganda, and Vietnam financed by the... Read more
Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 - 12:12
During the past two decades, the issue of urban refugees has occupied an increasingly important place on the global refugee policy agenda. This article traces the evolution of UNHCR’s approach to the issue, focusing particularly on the complex and contested nature of the organization’s policymaking process. In that respect, the article examines the key drivers of— and constraints to—policy... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 11:09
There are two challenges that future generations will remember the 21st century for - urbanisation and climate change. For centuries, cities have been at the centre of civilisation and human progress. Because cities are where the future is, urban environments need to evolve to match human aspirations. Today, half the world’s population lives in cities and this proportion will rise to 75 per cent... Read more