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Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 12:29
A unique strategic opportunity beckons Bangladesh. Dhaka, the economic powerhouse of the country, stands on the cusp of a dramatic transformation that could make it much more prosperous and livable. Today, Dhaka is prone to flooding, congestion, and messiness, to a point that is clogging its growth. But toward its east, where two major highway corridors will one day intersect, is a vast expanse... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 16:55
Metropolis launches the fourth edition of the Metropolis Observatory's collection of publications. This issue paper entitled "Egalitarian metropolitan spaces" has been written in collaboration with Ms. Ana Falú, feminist architect and coordinator of the UN-Habitat Gender Hub. Although significant advances towards acknowledging women’s rights have been made, there is still much to be done to... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 16:05
Human rights are important as they set the minimum standards that are essential for people to live in freedom, equality and dignity. They give everyone the freedom of choice and expression and the rights to basic needs necessary for their full development and enjoyment of their rights, including education, water, sanitation, food, health, and housing. Human rights also protect against their abuse... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 12:15
Vietnam stands out as one of the most dynamic emerging countries in the East Asia and Pacific region. Since major reforms in the 1990s, the country has experienced an annual average growth rate of 6-7 percent, and extreme poverty rate has fallen from over 50 percent to 3 percent. Yet, the rapid growth and decentralization process have brought significant pressure on provincial governments in... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 12:13
With more than 70 percent of its population living in cities, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is among the most urbanized regions in the world. Yet, although its cities are, on average, more productive than those elsewhere in the world, their productivity lags that of North American and Western European cities. Closing this gap provides LAC with the opportunity to raise living standards and... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 10:40
The aim of The State of African Cities 2018: The geography of African investment report is to contribute to development policies that can turn African cities into more attractive, competitive and resilient foreign direct investment (FDI) destinations. Attracting global FDI is highly competitive and crosses various geographic scales, therefore regional cooperation by cities and nations is critical... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 16:16
This Action is a joint initiative of UNISDR, UN-Habitat and the European Commission aiming to improve the understanding of, and capacity to, address disaster risks and build resilience at the local level, including in crisis-prone cities. The Action supports national and local disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation strategies focusing on building local capacities in crisis-... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 10:29
With over 22 million refugees around the world, displaced on average for over 10 years, policymakers are looking for more sustainable solutions to refugee crises.[1] One promising approach is to expand economic opportunities for refugees in developing countries, which host 85 percent of the world’s refugees.[2] In recent years, governments, donors, and private sector actors have been finding... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 10:23
A new report Aftershocks: Remodeling the Past for a Resilient Future released by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) takes a good look at various disasters from the past and explores the likely impacts that similar events would have if they were to occur in today’s more populous and connected world. Looking back at floods, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, the report... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 10:08
We, the participants of the Ninth session of the World Urban Forum — representing  national, subnational and local governments, parliamentarians, civil society, older persons, women, youth, children, persons with disabilities, grassroots groups, indigenous peoples and local communities, private sector, foundations and philanthropies, international and regional organizations, academia,... Read more

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