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Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 12:04
OVERVIEW National Urban Policy is a tool for government and other stakeholders that can assist with achieving more sustainable urban development. It also facilitates an enabling environment that allows stakeholders to take advantage of urban opportunity. How to address climate change in cities and human settlements represents one of the most pressing challenges facing urban policy-makers today.... Read more
Posted on Monday, October 17, 2016 - 10:53
WASHINGTON, October 12, 2016 – Natural disasters – such as Hurricane Matthew – and climate change are having devastating effects on cities and the 4 billion people who live in them today.  By 2030, without significant investment into making cities more resilient, natural disasters may cost cities worldwide $314 billion each year, up from around $250 billion today, and climate change may push up... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 10:30
Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) publishes a new Global Political Economy Brief that presents new research findings by SPERI Associate Fellow Dr Tom Goodfellow on property taxation and economic development in Rwanda and Ethiopia.   The new Brief charts the rapid urbanisation that has taken place in recent decades in Rwanda and Ethiopia, two of the world’s poorest, but most... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 13:49
STORY HIGHLIGHTS In many cities, changes in urban growth and productivity patterns can create pockets of underutilized land or decaying neighborhoods Cities from all regions and income levels have mobilized private investment to transform struggling areas into livable, prosperous neighborhoods Based on eight of these success stories, a new World Bank report and online tool will help... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 12:02
Last month, I made the case at the Grey to Green conference (put on by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities in Toronto) that there are 30 expressions of urban agriculture that either prevent damage (mitigation is the official phrase), or adapt positively to damage, caused by global warming. Last week, at an Urban Food Systems Symposium at Kansas State University in Kansas City where I spoke, I learned... Read more
Posted on Monday, April 4, 2016 - 16:23
UCLG explains why all 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda matter to local governments in a new guide for local leaders. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a cause for celebration for local and regionalgovernments the world over. Even before the confirmation of the final 17 SDGs, the inclusive nature of the Post-2015 process itself represented a major victory for all... Read more
Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 10:25
Rental Housing in Africa: Opportunities and Challenges Urbanization and slum formation are intertwined in a context of mal-functioning housing sector and increasing demand for decent housing. Rental housing is thus an important component that cannot be ignored in finding a solution to housing in Africa. Over 2 billion new urban residents are created annually and there is an annual increment of... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 09:00
If there was any doubt in your mind about the onslaught of climate change to our survival on this planet, the Paris Agreement of 2015 provides strong consensus that the problem is very real. It demands the immediate and collective action of governments, the private sector, you, and me. Keep in mind that while climate change is seen mostly as an environmental problem, it is more accurately a... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 10:36
South Asian governments must recognise ‘hidden urbanisation’ and ‘urban divides’ in their countries, says Nalaka Gunawardene. This is the only way they can cope with the formidable problems that threaten to overwhelm the region’s capitals as well as other cities and towns. These include some of the largest and fastest-growing urban agglomerations — extended city or town area with a continuous... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 10:23
In cities, the air, surface and soil temperatures are almost always warmer than in rural areas. This effect is known as the Urban Heat Island – a term which first came into use in the mid-20th century. Until the 1980s, this effect was considered to have relatively little practical significance. In fact, given that most studies were done in cities with cold winter climates, a warmer temperature... Read more

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