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Posted on Monday, September 23, 2019 - 17:21
It gives me great pleasure to present UN-Habitat’s Strategic Plan for the period 2020-2023. The basis of the Plan is UN-Habitat’s new vision of “a better quality of life for all in an urbanizing world”. This vision is encapsulated in the Plan’s 4 domains of change namely: • Reduced spatial inequality and poverty in communities across the urban - rural continuum; • Enhanced shared prosperity of... Read more
Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 20:25
This storybook is the culmination of an experiment to reimagine the People’s Biodiversity Register (PBR), a tool to document biological diversity from local communities. The limitations of the current format is that biodiversity is seen as a purely scientific understanding, and doesn’t give weight to knowledge as a whole, and local practices within which knowledge is acquired and embedded. The... Read more
Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 20:20
Do those of us who lead an urban lifestyle consider biodiversity too remote a problem? Or are we aware that the choices we make, our consumption patterns and our outlook towards natural resources define which and how many species we will share the planet with in the future? The storybook unravels these themes and others that draw connections between the urban lifestyle and biological diversity. ... Read more
Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 11:38
This project is a design and policy research initiative housed at the Forum for Law, Environment, Development and Governance (FLEDGE),  with the DEL Laboratory (Srishti) as a key studio partner. The project brings new approaches and methods to record, synthesize and communicate local climate resilient strategies in order to impact local policy design. Ground collaborators include the MS... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 09:39
Scientists call for urgent, targeted, action to avoid reversing the development gains of recent decades New relationship between people and nature is needed as climate change and biodiversity loss threaten progress New York, 11 September —Achieving human well-being and eradicating poverty for all of the Earth’s people—expected to number eight and a half billion by 2030—is still possible, but only... Read more
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 Monday, September 9, 2019 - 12:11
In 2015, UNICEF and the World Health Organization reported that over 90% of the world’s population used improved drinking water sources. But new research suggests the indicators used by UNICEF/WHO grossly overestimated the state of water access, especially in cities of the global south. Analysis of 15 cities shows that vast segments of the urban population in the global south lack access to safe... 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 Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 09:37
In many respects, culture can be regarded as the fourth pillar of sustainable development.1 The 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda have placed culture at the forefront of current debates on urbanization. Culture and cultural diversity are sources of enrichment, grounded in human rights principles and therefore provide an important contribution to the sustainable... Read more