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Posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 17:12
In recent years, income and wealth inequalities in Europe have become increasingly present in public debates. Already in 2017, the European Pillar of Social Rights, presented by the European Commission, set out 20 key principles to enhance social justice in the EU. The principles are structured around three categories: equal opportunities and access to labour markets, fair working conditions and... Read more
Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 14:18
The 2020 Catalogue of Services provides an overview of some of the tried and tested services UN-Habitat offers to support national governments, local governments, and stakeholders. This Catalogue provides a sampling of how UN-Habitat can support these partners to solve challenges and to advance sustainable urban development, though it does not capture all of UN-Habitat’s services, expertise, and... Read more
Posted on Monday, July 6, 2020 - 22:11
Placemaking is all about turning ‘public’ spaces into ‘living’ places that support the wellbeing of local communities and that can be managed and maintained by that community. In the context of Palestinian communities in the Israeli controlled Area C, placemaking is best realized as a DIY–Do It Yourself Urbanism approach to the planning, design, and management of public spaces to ensure they... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 16:41
Housing and basic services and their centrality to health outcomes is no longer viewed as separate areas but part of the broader housing system in the current COVID-19 pandemic. More than ever we have learnt how central our human settlements are and how they need to be supported with integrated and tailored responses. This paper discusses housing issues at the centre of our coronavirus response... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 01:53
Urban planning and design quite literally shape the environment around us — and that environment, in turn, shapes how we live, work, play, move, and rest. This handbook aims to illuminate the relationships between gender inequality, the built environment, and urban planning and design; and to lay out a menu of simple, practicable processes and best practices for urban planning and design projects... Read more
Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 02:10
This report analyses trends as well as data availability for monitoring progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Asia and the Pacific and its five subregions. It assesses gaps which must be closed to achieve the goals by 2030. This assessment is designed to ensure the region’s actions remain on target, shortcomings are addressed as they arise, and all interested parties remain... Read more
Posted on Monday, March 9, 2020 - 15:49
In every country many people have little prospect for a better future. Lacking hope, purpose or dignity, they watch from society’s sidelines as they see others pull ahead to ever greater prosperity. Many have escaped extreme poverty worldwide, but even more have neither the opportunities nor the resources to control their lives. Far too often gender, ethnicity or parents’ wealth still determines... Read more
Posted on Monday, February 24, 2020 - 16:15
This report aggregates the climate mitigation commitments reported to some of the world’s largest voluntary pledging and reporting platforms for city, region, and company climate commitments. The analysis was conducted at a global level as well as for ten major emitting economies: Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union (EU), India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, South Africa and the United States (... Read more
Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 11:05
With 1.35 million people killed in road traffic crashes every year and as many as 50 million injured, we pay an unacceptable price for our mobility. Apart from the enormous suffering and grief they cause, the social and economic costs of road traffic injuries are profound and far-reaching. This global crisis is made even more unforgiving when we recognise the disproportionate impact on the young... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 12:56
WIEGO has launched a new, interactive e-book, Street Vendors and Public Space: Essential insights on key trends and solutions. This all-in-one resource provides an important overview on the global context, issues and solutions for researchers, policymakers, activists and planners. It also includes helpful resources, including WIEGO’s Public Space Toolkit.In this podcast interview with Urban... Read more

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