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Posted on Monday, April 4, 2016 - 16:23
UCLG explains why all 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda matter to local governments in a new guide for local leaders. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a cause for celebration for local and regionalgovernments the world over. Even before the confirmation of the final 17 SDGs, the inclusive nature of the Post-2015 process itself represented a major victory for all... Read more
Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 10:25
Rental Housing in Africa: Opportunities and Challenges Urbanization and slum formation are intertwined in a context of mal-functioning housing sector and increasing demand for decent housing. Rental housing is thus an important component that cannot be ignored in finding a solution to housing in Africa. Over 2 billion new urban residents are created annually and there is an annual increment of 35... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 09:00
If there was any doubt in your mind about the onslaught of climate change to our survival on this planet, the Paris Agreement of 2015 provides strong consensus that the problem is very real. It demands the immediate and collective action of governments, the private sector, you, and me. Keep in mind that while climate change is seen mostly as an environmental problem, it is more accurately a... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 10:36
South Asian governments must recognise ‘hidden urbanisation’ and ‘urban divides’ in their countries, says Nalaka Gunawardene. This is the only way they can cope with the formidable problems that threaten to overwhelm the region’s capitals as well as other cities and towns. These include some of the largest and fastest-growing urban agglomerations — extended city or town area with a continuous... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 10:23
In cities, the air, surface and soil temperatures are almost always warmer than in rural areas. This effect is known as the Urban Heat Island – a term which first came into use in the mid-20th century. Until the 1980s, this effect was considered to have relatively little practical significance. In fact, given that most studies were done in cities with cold winter climates, a warmer temperature... Read more
Posted on Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 10:54
To create a learning hub, develop urban specific project model and promote evidence based learning and capacity development of organization, World Vision Bangladesh initiated an Urban Learning Centre in Mirpur, Dhaka. The learning center was established in 2012 where needs of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) for the low income communities, improved waste management mechanism and addressing... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 14:27
Based on domestic and international experiences of low carbon station development, using the examples of station areas of Stockholm, Malmö and Gothenburg of which the results have been compared with figures of cities in Sri Lanka, Vietnam & Cameroun, this report proposes general strategies, specific requirements and key measures with highest potential in the design of station areas as well... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 11:13
Urbanization is on the rise around the world. By 2050, some 70 percent of humanity will live in the cities and that is good news for the environment. Many of the environmental advantages are derived from living spaces being condensed. For example, electricity use per person in cities is lower than electricity use per person in the suburbs and rural areas. Condensed living space that creates... Read more
Posted on Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 10:09
El Niño episodes have been occurring every 2 to 7 years, with attendant impacts being experienced across many parts of Kenya. These impacts mainly result from heavy rainfall and the resulting flooding that hits most of the country. One of the most intense El Niños (The El Niño of the century) was experienced in 1997/1998 and caused widespread devastation across the country, causing death,... Read more
Posted on Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 09:54
Too much water, too little water, or contaminated water. Cities around the world are facing major water-related challenges. These challenges are further aggravated by global trends such as urbanization and climate change. The time has come for water to become an asset rather than a problem in 'smart liveable cities' of the future.All over the world, people are migrating to ever larger cities.... Read more

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