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Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 09:55
The African Centre for Cities launched a new publication, Reforming Urban Laws in Africa: A Practical Guide. The guide, written by Stephen Berrisford and the late Patrick McAuslan, provides hands-on guidance to officials, practitioners and researchers working on the urgent task of improving, modernising and rationalising urban legislation in the Sub-Saharan region. The guide finds that although... Read more
Posted on Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 10:05
Urbanization in East Asia and the Pacific has created enormous opportunity for many. Yet the rapid growth of cities can also create challenges as national and local governments try to keep up with the needs of their growing populations. Among these challenges is a lack of affordable housing, resulting in increasing slums, deficits in basic service provision, and widening inequality for urban... Read more
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 Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 15:16
Cities are rising as powerful agents in the world of food, says a new report from the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food), and they are finding innovative ways to put in place policies that take on challenges in global food systems. The report, presented today at the EAT Stockholm Food Forum by lead author Corinna Hawkes, Director of the Centre for Food Policy... 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

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