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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
Posted on Friday, November 4, 2016 - 08:19
Cities are a driving force of the 21st century, through bringing large numbers of people into close proximity, they spark economic growth, foster innovation, and generate prosperity. But they face the pressing challenges of creating a livable environment for their residents, enabling economic activity that benefits all citizens, and fostering urban development that is environmentally sustainable... Read more
Posted on Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 09:40
This guide is part of the BICYCLE IN THE PLANS Campaign, organized in Brazil by the associations Bike Anjo, Transporte Ativo and UCB - União de Ciclistas do Brasil , supported by ICS - Instituto Clima e Sociedade, whose purpose is to offer guidelines for civil society, citizens, municipality officials and decision-making agents and politicians on INCLUDING BICYCLES as mode of transportation in... Read more
Posted on Friday, October 21, 2016 - 13:53
Quito, Ecuador: 19 October – The International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) is the latest of 46 partners to endorse the Guiding Principles for City Climate Action Planning, launched by UN Habitat and partners at the 2015 Paris Climate Summit (COP-21). On 17 October 2016, UN Habitat, ISOCARP and other endorsing partners launched the Spanish translation of the Guiding Principles ... Read more
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

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