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Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 13:42
The challenges of urbanization, particularly rising inequality and environmental degradation, are symptoms of a larger deficit to respect all people and the environment in cities. Only when all social and environmental dimensions are recognized and prioritised, will urbanization become a positive transformative force.  The Cross-Cutting Report 2017 demonstrates the achievements of UN-Habitat’s... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 11:50
In a context of increasing globalization of trade, of rising international flows of goods and people, and the resulting global rise in air traffic, international airports have become strategic assets for the development and attractiveness of nations. The present report is the main outcome of the "Sustainable Airport Areas" Metropolis initiative, aiming to create a common ground of good practices... Read more
Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 15:30
The Child Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI) was launched in 1996 to respond to the challenge of realizing the rights of children in an increasingly urbanized and decentralized world. The initiative works by bringing together local stakeholders and UNICEF to create safe, inclusive and child-responsive cities and communities. The importance of cities and communities in policymaking that directly... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 14:31
This report takes stock of discussions held between academics and country practitioners during a series of seminars organised in 2017 by the OECD and the European Commission that focused on opportunities to improve the design and delivery of regional development policies. What can governments do to enhance economic development in regions and cities ? What lessons can be drawn from theory and... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 10:46
The report is an advocacy piece to raise awareness around the need to shift the typical way urban water has been managed and to share emerging principles and solutions that may improve urban water supply security in water scarce cities. It aims to promote successes, outline challenges and principles, and extract key lessons learned for future efforts. It builds on the experiences of over 20 water... Read more
Posted on Monday, March 26, 2018 - 16:58
Through the International Conferences of Local and Regional Authorities on Water, held during each World Water Forum, the World Water Council and its long-standing partners such as United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the Global Water Operators’ Partnership Alliance (GWOPA)/UN-Habitat are working with local governments to strengthen the... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 08:38
In 2018 Singapore retains its title as the world’s most expensive city for the fifth consecutive year in a top ten that is largely split between Asia and Europe. Seoul is the only other city in the top ten that has maintained its ranking from the previous year. In the rest of Asia, Hong Kong and Sydney join Singapore and Seoul in the top ten. Low inflation has pushed Tokyo and Osaka out of the... Read more
Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 10:59
The national urban-rural divide narrative is one that touts (or bemoans) the all-consuming growth of our nation’s largest cities and laments rural communities as devoid of economic potential. But this isn't the whole story.  In a challenge to the conventional narrative, Bridging the Urban-Rural Economic Divide finds that stronger links between urban and rural areas are key to spurring local,... Read more
Posted on Friday, March 9, 2018 - 10:36
The supply of affordable and adequate housing has been overwhelmed by the demand of the millions of rural poor who have migrated to cities in hope of finding better employment, health care, and better educational opportunities. According to UN estimates, the urban population of the developing world alone will increase from 2.7 billion in the year 2011 to 5.1 billion by 2050. To accommodate the... Read more
Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 16:03
In February, SDI launched a landmark publication titled “Know Your City: Slum Dwellers Count,” showcasing the extraordinary contribution of the Know Your City (KYC) campaign to creating understanding and taking action to reduce urban poverty and exclusion. Over the next weeks, we will post a new chapter from the book every Monday and related material on our social media platforms daily. The idea... Read more

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