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Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 15:03
Cities around the world face the challenge of understanding why, how and where they are growing; an understanding that is crucial if they are to realise opportunities to steer this growth in ways that promote sustainable and equitable urban development. Being able to measure, visualise and analyse these often complex patterns of growth is essential to effective policy design and implementation.... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 12:21
We argue that urbanization has accelerated in the last few decades, and that this largely overlooked phenomenon cannot be explained by existing empirical models of urbanization. Consequently, we explicitly bring forward the role of information in driving urbanization, focusing on information and communication technology (ICT), especially the Internet. For this purpose, we develop a simple two-... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 09:22
The world is experiencing an unprecedented transition from predominantly rural to mainly urban living, with more than 55 percent of the world’s population already living in urban areas and this figure is set to rise to 70 percent by the middle of 21st century. While rapid and spontaneous urbanization has presented the world’s cities with major environmental, economic and social challenges,... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 10:39
This is a defining moment. Together, we are starting to build towards the low-carbon era. This is indeed a collective effort. States, communities, civil society organisations, businesses, international and intergovernmental organisations: we are all mobilised for the challenges that face us. The complexity of the climate challenge requires us to not only work at the global level but also to... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 10:07
The Conference in Quito was by no means the end of local and regional governments’ Habitat III Journey. Our constituency sees the New Urban Agenda as the lynchpin of all of the other major international agendas adopted over recent years. The Paris Climate Agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals, the Sendai Framework… all will depend on the successful implementation of the New Urban Agenda... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 14:55
Conservation has traditionally been an exercise in localism. Trees are planted to restore local forests damaged by human activity, fire or floods. Grasses and shrubs are placed as buffers between agricultural fields and water sources to reduce soil and chemical runoff. These nature-based activities are not typically viewed as critical components to solving global challenges like climate change... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 16:24
Small towns are an essential but often-neglected element of rural landscapes and food systems. They perform a number of essential functions, from market nodes to providers of services and goods and non-farm employment to their own population as well as that of the wider surrounding region. In demographic terms, they represent about half of the world’s urban population, and are projected to... Read more
Posted on Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 12:42
More than half of the world’s population currently live in urban areas, and urbanisation is one of the key trends of this century. Urban areas are both greatly affected by the impacts of climate change and major contributors to the emission of greenhouse gases. But, how can different cities’ contributions and vulnerabilities to climate change be estimated and compared? What role cities can play... Read more
Posted on Friday, December 16, 2016 - 10:19
Could urbanization lead to more democracy and better government for the mega-cities of the developing world? This paper reviews three channels through which urbanization may generate political change. First, cities facilitate coordinated public action and enhance the effectiveness of uprisings. Second, cities may increase the demand for democracy relative to dictatorship. Third, cities may... Read more
Posted on Friday, November 4, 2016 - 09:52
PwC is heavily involved in helping governments to build future-ready, urbanised economies that are sustainable and resilient for the long term. Through our Building Better Cities report, we’re mapping out the current and future role of 28 cities in all 21 members of APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation). In this study, which focuses on the role urban centres play in the context of APEC’s... Read more

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