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Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 11:47
Climate change and urbanization have been identified as major challenges that will have an increasingly significant impact on the well-being of children in coming decades, particularly on the poorest and most vulnerable children (UNICEF 2016). This is nowhere more so than in Uganda, which is already frequently affected by droughts and where the rate of urbanization is high. Uganda has made great... Read more
Posted on Monday, July 17, 2017 - 14:15
In Africa, the Paris Agreement in 2015 marked a new era not only for the national governments submitting climate commitments, but also for sub-national governments since two thirds of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) submitted envisage climate action in cities and regions. As almost 80 % of greenhouse gases emanate from urban areas, city governments will be playing an increasingly... Read more
Posted on Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 11:22
Good housing is fundamental to physical and financial security, economic productivity, healthy communities, and human well-being—but the housing gap is huge and growing. Today about one-third of the urban population in the global South lives in informal settlements, where they tend to lack access to basic services such as electricity, running water, or sanitation. The global affordable housing... Read more
Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 16:02
Urban mobility is a key differentiator for competitiveness. Cities that keep moving have a more vibrant economy and attract more inward investment. They’re more attractive places to live and work. Technology and improved infrastructure play a huge role in shaping mobility – but the biggest factor in improving urban travel is human behavior. Introduction Reimagining the travel experience Some... Read more
Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 15:46
Urbanization is a global megatrend and the Nordics is no exception. The share of urban inhabitants increased from 25 percent in 2005 to almost 35 percent in 2015 with increased pressure on the public transportation system consequently. The average commuting time in Stockholm increased by 20 percent between 1995 and 2013.  Meanwhile, there are ambitious goals. Copenhagen set the target of having... Read more
Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 15:20
The State of Addis Ababa 2017 report is aimed at providing a comprehensive assessment of existing socioeconomic and environmental conditions in the city, shedding light on the impacts of on-going fast paced urbanization. The report addresses policy makers and city planners and makes bold recommendations on how resources can be strategically developed and managed to sustainably meet the needs of... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 14:38
Imagine a city that is more competitive, with higher-quality neighborhoods, lower infrastructure costs, and lower C02 emissions per unit of activity. This city has lower combined transportation and housing costs for its residents than other cities at similar levels of economic activity. Its residents can access most jobs and services easily through a combination of low-cost public transport,... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 14:27
A new study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) estimates that 4.2 million people in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean and in the Pacific are living in areas that are prone to flooding due to rising sea levels. In addition to coastal erosion, rising sea levels are expected to negatively impact economic output and employment and could aggravate inflation and cause an... Read more
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,... Read more

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