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The Patterns of Urbanization Around the World [The Age of Sustainable Development]

Week 11, Lecture 1 for the online course "The Age of Sustainable Development", taught by Jeffrey Sachs. All rights belong to Coursera and Columbia University. For educational purposes only. Happy learning!

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This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this article is that of the author and in no way reflects the opinion of UN-Habitat. 

Urbanization, Energy Access and Justice: A Comparative Perspective

Dr. Vanesa Castan Broto presents a keynote on “Urbanization, Energy Access and Justice: A Comparative Perspective” at the Conference on “Governance for Sustainable Energy Transitions: The perspectives of the Asian Region” at Hong Kong Baptist University on 17 July 2017.

Abstract:
The Sustainable Development Goal 7, achieving affordable and clean energy, follows the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative and the declaration of the decade 2014 2024 as the decade of Sustainable Energy for All. The challenge, however, is massive. Figures published alongside the Sustainable Development Goals suggest that one in five people still lack access to modern electricity and three billion people rely on wood, coal, charcoal or animal waste for cooking and heating. The challenges of energy access are paired with those of decarbonisation, because of the tradeoffs between providing energy access and reducing global carbon emissions. Carbon footprints of people who lack energy access are so small that considering reducing them, rather than providing affordable access, is immoral. Yet, the debate draws attention to the dangers of using energy access arguments to justify the exploitation of fossil fuel resources even in contexts where they do not provide direct energy access to those who need it. In this talk, I will argue for increased attention to energy access in urban areas, opening up the opportunities for experimentation and radical transformations that emerge from the confluence of people, resources, ideas, and from the spaces created by urban planning. This argument challenges misconceptions about how energy access happens and the notions commonly associated with energy access provision, such as energy needs, stakeholder engagement and energy planning, exposing their complex and multi-dimensional nature.

Profile:
Dr. Castán Broto has been Senior Lecturer at the Development Planning Unit since 2011 and is one of the course directors on the Masters Course on Environment and Sustainable Development. Her current research focuses on possibilities to enhance the wellbeing of urban citizens through planning interventions and environmental management. She is the principal investigator of the project ‘Mapping Urban Energy Landscapes’ (MUEL), which seeks to understand the relationship between energy use, access to services and spatial transformations. She was also the principal investigator of the project ‘Partnerships for Climate Compatible Development in Maputo, Mozambique’ (4PCCD) which developed participatory planning methods through which communities can establish their priorities to develop resilient neighbourhoods. Vanesa has a doctorate from the University of Surrey (Environmental Strategy) and MSc degrees from Wageningen University (Environmental Sociology) and Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Engineering).

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NewCities Summit 2017 - Flexible and Resilient City Services
Published on 18 Jul 2017

Urbanites’ needs change constantly but city governments and public service providers must always be able to efficiently meet them. How can adaptability be built into traditional city services? What steps can be taken to ensure that cities are able to effectively foresee and plan for new needs rather than simply react to them? Who is responsible for these services?

Speakers
Lianne Dalziel, Mayor, Christchurch
Devin de Vries, Co-founder, WhereIsMyTransport 
Rahul Gupta, Principal, Capital Projects and Infrastructure, PwC
Khaidzir Abdul Rasip, Senior Vice President, Urban Observatory, Iskandar Regional Development Authority

Moderated By:
Arvind Satyam, Managing Director, Business Development - Smart+Connected Communities, Cisco

For more information on the NewCities Summit in Songdo: http://www.newcitiessummit2017.org/

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This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this article is that of the author and in no way reflects the opinion of UN-Habitat. 

NewCities Summit 2017 - Clean and Healthy Transport Systems
Published on 18 Jul 2017

Reducing CO2 emissions of urban transport is key to fighting climate change. The lack of mass transit systems cause the worst cases of congestion and air pollution, forcing people to use personal vehicles, or informal, unregulated options, over public options. How do we improve accessibility of urban mobility while reducing CO2 emissions? Where does walkability fit in?

Speakers
Priscilla Baek, Policy Lead for Asia and Head of Policy for Korea, Uber
William Chernicoff, Senior Manager, Global Research & Innovation, Toyota Mobility Foundation
Emmanuel Vivant, CEO, RATP Dev Transdev Asia & Managing Director, Hong Kong Tramways
Philippe Yvin, Chief Executive Officer, Société du Grand Paris

Moderated By: John Rossant, Chairman, NewCities

For more information on the NewCities Summit in Songdo: http://www.newcitiessummit2017.org/

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This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this article is that of the author and in no way reflects the opinion of UN-Habitat. 

NewCities Summit 2017 - Global Connectivity and the Success of Cities
Published on 18 Jul 2017

Second, third and fourth-tiered cities will absorb most of the new urban population, and will therefore hold a great role in their national economies. How can we increase their connectivity to other levels of economy? What challenges do these cities face in accessing global markets? What is the impact of greater connectivity on a city's planning, infrastructure, economy, and attractivity?

Speakers
Olivier Biancarelli, Managing Director, Decentralized Solutions for Cities & Territories, ENGIE
Anthony Fernandes, Chief Executive Officer, AirAsia
Elisabeth Le Masson, Delegate for Economic Promotion and Jobs Creation, Aéroports de Paris
Roshaan Wolusmal, Mayor, City of Kandahar

Moderated By: Greg Lindsay, Senior Fellow, NewCities

For more information on the NewCities Summit in Songdo: http://www.newcitiessummit2017.org/

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This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this article is that of the author and in no way reflects the opinion of UN-Habitat. 

NewCities Summit 2017 - Understanding Urban Wellbeing
Published on 18 Jul 2017

While cities offer the promise of improved economics and access to services, rapid urbanization has placed unbalanced pressure on the budgets and reach of city governments. It is essential we start designing cities as ecosystems of wellbeing, but what does this imply and what defines a ‘healthy city’.

Speakers:
Vera Baboun, Former Mayor of Bethlehem
Ede Jorge Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Director of the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice, World Bank
Michel Mossessian, Founder and Design Principal, Mossessian Architecture

Moderated By:
Paula Hancocks, International Correspondent, CNN

For more information on the NewCities Summit in Songdo: http://www.newcitiessummit2017.org/

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This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this article is that of the author and in no way reflects the opinion of UN-Habitat. 

NewCities Summit 2017 - Building an Inclusive Urban EcoSystem
Published on 18 Jul 2017

One upcoming challenge is to address the endemic inequalities and social exclusion worsened by rapid urbanization. What are the best examples of inclusive cities? How can we ensure local governments have the capacity to respond to the needs of vulnerable communities? Can technology help eradicate exclusion of the marginalized? Can cities become laboratories for change?

Speakers:
Tunji John Asaolu, Chairperson, Committee on Social Affairs and Health, African Union ECOSOCC
Eyal Feder, Chief Executive Officer, ZenCity
Archana Vemulapalli, Chief Technology Officer, Washington DC
Roshaan Wolusmal, Mayor, Kandahar

Moderated By: Vatsal Bhatt, Director of Cities and Neighborhood Developments, U.S. Green Building Council

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This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this article is that of the author and in no way reflects the opinion of UN-Habitat. 

Dr Joan Clos - Urbanisation: A Tool for Development
Published on 10 Jul 2017

About the Speech:

The recognition of the transformative power of urbanisation as an engine for sustainable development is a historical paradigm shift initiated by Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. Dr Clos argued that cities provide a unique opportunity to effectively address many of our problems today: social inequality, economic development, climate change and resilience to natural and man-made disasters. At this critical junction in our global history, innovative solutions are required to meet the most pressing challenges faced by our cities. The New Urban Agenda is an action-oriented plan which sets global standards for sustainable urban development, rethinking the way we build, manage, and live in cities, contributing to prosperity, employments and development.

This event was the opening address of the 2017 Development Matters lecture series, which the IIEA is co-hosting with Irish Aid.

About the Speaker:

Born in Barcelona, Dr Joan Clos is a medical doctor with a distinguished career in public service and diplomacy. He was twice elected Mayor of Barcelona during the years 1997-2006. He was also the Minister of Industry, Tourism and Trade of Spain from 2006-2008. Prior to joining the United Nations in 2010 as Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN-Habitat, he served as Spanish ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan. He served also as the Secretary-General of the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, Habitat III, in Quito, Ecuador.

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This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this article is that of the author and in no way reflects the opinion of UN-Habitat.  

Joyce Nyairo: Urban Africa, Urban Africans - Binds, Boundaries and Belongings (ECAS 2017)
Streamed live on 30 Jun 2017

In the 21st Century, what are the glaring social divides between urban African Africa(ns) and rural Africa(ns)? In what ways has the spread of digital technology conflated with the death of zoning and town planning in Kenya, to erase the physical demarcations between socio-economic spaces? How does this erasure relate to a fluidity of the imaginary, to notions of identity and practices of belonging?

This lecture looks at modern Africa through the lens of Kenya, an East African country whose rapid economic growth is assumed to have contributed to a widespread shift in notions of identity and belonging. How does autochthony further urbanity and how does it disrupt urban belonging? Beyond looking at physical spaces and their impact on character and identity, the paper also unpacks contemporary death and funerary practices to expand the notion of modernity and to explore the concept of "detribalized" Africans. A key argument in this description of the prototype of the Kenyan funeral is that the identity we would like to term as "Kenyan" is best understood by looking at dominant responses to death and dying and the ways – and places in which - people bury. Do class factors weigh into this equation and in this context, how does the aspirational sense that defines post-colonial Kenya erase the notion of class?

The lecture concludes that urban Africa is a conglomeration of cultural practices in the same way that the idea of urban Africans is the sum total of ethnic threads. Tribe has not disappeared, it has increasingly multiplied into a meshed quilt.

Joyce Nyairo is an independent researcher who works on cultural memory projects.

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This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this article is that of the author and in no way reflects the opinion of UN-Habitat.  

Edgar Pieterse: The Politics of Governing African Urban Spaces
Streamed live on 1 Jul 2017

In the wake of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and Habitat III there have been important political and policy developments across the African continent. Just a few years ago scholars lamented the political denial of urbanization in most African countries, which the argument suggested, resulted in the dysfunctional forms of urban development in evidence. At a formal policy level this has shifted, starting with an explicit pro-urban stance at the African Union level, down to a commitment from many African governments to produce National Urban Policies in keeping with the new institutional normative framework promoted by the international development industry. As a result there are now two mainstream discourses—multi-level governance and decentralisation—that anchor debates about how best to restructure governmental relations to accommodate a more proactive and accommodating stance towards urbanization. These shifts call for a more critical and penetrating understanding of the politics that will get marshalled by vested interests, and the potentiality for a transformative urban agenda to find roots in changing institutional architectures. Conceptually this demands that one explore a different avenue than the two dominant approaches to the politics of urban governance. One approach seeks a magical technocratic fix in the form of an optimum institutional design that can foster genuine decentralisation and “political will”, whatever that ill-defined notion might mean. A second approach is obsessed with the continuous discovery of neoliberal governmentality and regards almost all efforts at modernisation of the public sector, formal participatory processes, multi-institution approaches to service delivery as merely evidence of exploitative intent. As the ground of formal politics and policy continue to shift, this lecture will explore the kind of political imaginary and innovations that could be invoked to offer a more grounded, generous and propositional scholarship that can contribute to the reinvention of urban governance.

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This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this article is that of the author and in no way reflects the opinion of UN-Habitat.  

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