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Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 10:27
Youth as Agents of Peace: Somalia is the first joint country study conducted by the United Nations and the World Bank aimed at translating into practice the principles of the UNSC Resolution 2250, through direct and local engagement with young people and their communities in one of the most fragile and conflict-ridden areas on the African continent. Focusing on young people is particularly... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 15:44
This survey of the planning profession represents an attempt to assess the current state of the planning profession in the Commonwealth and its capacity to help deliver the targets contained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda.  Source: CommonwealthThis article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way... Read more
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 Monday, April 23, 2018 - 16:28
The Planning Law Assessment Framework is a self-assessment tool to be used during focus groups to identify strengths and weakness of an urban planning system. The Planning Law Assessment Framework looks at all the laws, regulations, and decrees applicable in a city, enacted at different levels. It takes into account only black letter law, but will stimulate the discussion on the eventual... 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 Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 12:21
The pace and scale of change in today’s globalised, digitised economy is leading to an unprecedented transformation of our cities. As technology-enabled platforms lower barriers to entry and ensure that demand for talent and innovation becomes increasingly global, cities are needing to adapt and build environments that foster innovation ecosystems, talent and connectivity in order to maintain... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 12:42
The number of city rankings and city indices published is proliferating rapidly. This is due to growing interest by city governments, the corporate world and academics, who are happy to use them in analytical and marketing endeavours. However, building a city index is challenging, as results can often turn out biased. This short report focuses on the key biases affecting city indices, and... Read more

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