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Posted on Monday, June 12, 2017 - 10:12
A.T. Kearney’s latest analysis takes a look at the world’s most influential cities as well as those that are likely to become more important on the global stage. Cities are ecosystems for businesses and innovation. The strength of an urban center’s network of businesses, the talent of its citizenry, the stability of political institutions, and the creativity of cultural organizations all... Read more
Posted on Friday, June 9, 2017 - 08:45
Projections of uncertain futures pervade public and political debates around the world. Spectres of natural disaster, disease outbreak, economic crisis, infrastructural breakdown and violent conflict persistently threaten to disrupt city life. Social, economic and political stability have become central concerns for urban governance, development and planning. With future projections, calculations... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 10:58
By the year 2050, 70 percent of the world’s population will be urban. With 1.5 million people moving into cities every week, managing urban growth is one of the most important development challenges facing the world today. In an effort to create a global framework to guide sustainable urbanization for the next twenty years, national governments adopted The New Urban Agenda during The United... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 15:22
Since the publication of its first edition in 2008, the Global Report on Local Democracy and Decentralization (GOLD) has become an international benchmark in the analysis of local and regional governments worldwide. The fourth edition, GOLD IV, examines the challenges and issues that local and regional governments face in our current urban age through three main chapters on metropolitan areas,... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 09:27
Minister Ha, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentleman Living in Hanoi, I cannot help notice the rapid growth that is occurring within and surrounding provinces of Hanoi. Urbanization is one of the most striking features of economic development. Throughout history, cities have served as engines of growth and Vietnam is no exception. I would like to note that today Sustainability is at the heart... Read more
Posted on Monday, June 5, 2017 - 11:53
Mobilizing adequate revenues to meet recurrent expenditures and make long-term investments in support of inclusive and sustainable local development are among the most significant challenges cities are facing across the globe, especially those in Least Developed Countries (LDCs). This is the urban finance challenge addressed by ‘Financing Sustainable Urban Development in the Least Developed... Read more
Posted on Friday, June 2, 2017 - 10:10
The Malawi Economic Monitor (MEM) provides an analysis of economic and structural development issues in Malawi. This edition of the MEM was published in May 2017. It follows on from the four previous editions of the MEM, and is part of an ongoing series, with future editions to follow twice per year. The aim of the publication is to foster better-informed policy analysis and debate regarding the... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 15:55
Urbanization is a driving force for growth and poverty reduction. Globally, over 80 percent of economic activity is concentrated in cities, and cities are essential for lifting millions of people out of poverty through the opportunities that density and agglomeration can bring with jobs, services, and innovation. However, if not carefully managed and planned for, the benefits of urbanization are... Read more
Posted on Monday, May 29, 2017 - 15:01
The State of the City speech is a reflection of the mayor’s priorities as well as the city’s accomplishments, challenges and roadmap for the future. National League of Cities’ annual State of the Cities report is a content analysis of mayors’ own words. It identifies top-level issues, such as economic development and infrastructure, and specific policies, such as workforce training and transit in... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 15:19
Africa is urbanizing late but fast. This brings many benefits but, as this report shows: thus far, urbanization in Africa, unique in a number of respects, is having deleterious and largely unchecked impacts on the natural environment; the degradation of natural assets and ecosystems within African cities carries tangible economic, fiscal and social costs; there are important opportunities to... Read more

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