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[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 25, 2016 - 09:43
Caribbean Network of Rural Women Producers (Jamaica) is the Interim Chair of the Farmers Partner Constituent Group of the General Assembly of Partners, which brings together 15 such interest groups to speak with one voice on behalf of civil society in the Habitat III process. Cities Today US Reporter, Mythili Sampathkumar, spoke to Mildred Crawford, the President and Community Development... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 19:36
Africa’s rapid urbanisation represents an immense opportunity, not just for Africa’s urban dwellers but also for rural development. As two-thirds of the investments in urban infrastructure to 2050 have yet to be made, the scope is large for new, wide-ranging urban policies to turn African cities and towns into engines of sustainable structural transformation. Those new urban policies, at... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 19:02
As John Adams famously warned, “facts are stubborn things” that we cannot wish away. Governments in the developing world are finally facing up to the increasing need for affordable housing: today 1.2 billion people live in substandard housing; by 2030, 3 billion will need new housing. While challenges may vary by country, I believe there are at least eight “stubborn facts” about housing policy... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 18:29
Siemens, C40 Cities and Citi, reveal in a new report that cities need to invest US$57 trillion in infrastructure in order to accommodate both their existing needs and projected growth. Launched at the World Cities Summit 2016 in Singapore, New Perspectives on Climate Finance for Cities, highlights the global efforts needed by nations, banks, cities and the private sector. It provides potential... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 11:13
The international community has made important progress in recognizing the role of gender equality in sustainable development over recent years. The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda includes a stand-alone goal on gender (SDG 5) and integrates a gender perspective into many of the 17 goals. The local and regional governments of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) strongly believe that... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 09:59
The last three decades have been marked by intense political activism againstglobalization. The opposition, however, has been driven by a narrow view that equates globalization with international trade liberalization advanced by Western countries. But globalization is about more than that. In his book, The Consequences of Modernity, British sociologist Anthony Giddens defines globalization... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 18, 2016 - 15:11
President Uhuru Kenyatta has called for the establishment of a continental free trade Area (CFTA) to promote intra-African trade.Uhruu said this will accelerate integration, develop larger markets and foster greater competition which will help reduce poverty and sustain growth and sustainable. “Pooling economies and markets through regional integration will provide a sufficiently wide economic... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 09:25
Late September is always a busy time at the United Nations, but last year’s General Assembly session was especially historic. That’s when all 193 nations represented at the U. N. formally agreed to an ambitious set of 17 “Sustainable Development Goals” — a framework to coordinate global efforts for ending poverty and hunger, combating inequality and disease, slowing climate change and building... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 10:32
The revised version of the Habitat III strategy is still vague on follow-up and review The vision of the U. N.’s major new strategy on sustainable urban development  the New Urban Agenda — is increasingly taking shape, and in mid-June the document’s first major revision was released, following a month of negotiations. Yet that revised document continues to raise a question: Once the agenda is... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 09:26
Japan is home to a number of cities offering world-class and unique “best-practice” experiences and solutions on a variety of development challenge facing cities around the globe.As part of an ongoing partnership with the Government of Japan to share development experience through the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC), the World Bank has introduced a new City Partnership Program,... Read more