As more than 61 per cent of the world’s employed population earn their livelihoods in the informal sector, the UN stressed that a transition to the formal economy is critical to ensure rights’ protection and decent working conditions.
Criticised for his brutal anti-drug campaign, Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte is, however, beloved in Davao City where he served as mayor for 21 years. With his daughter Sara now running the city, Davao has become an unlikely sustainability trailblazer for the country.
Homi Kharas and Jaana Remes –
For urban planners, data and technology are valuable tools in the drive to improve administration and services. But while these innovations are making urban environments more livable, they come with a hidden cost: the potential to deepen inequality among digitally marginalized groups.
Sébastien Turbot –
World leaders meeting at the G7 Summit tomorrow to tackle the world's biggest problems are making a mistake if they do not include cities in the conversation, argues NewCities Foundation executive director Sébastien Turbot.
and Natalia Kanem and Mabel van Oranje –
The toll that child marriage takes on girls is well documented. Researchers demonstrate that the economic impact of this, while less discussed, can also be staggering.
Asia Pacific's economic success story belies a widening gap between rich and poor, that if not tackled urgently, could thwart our ambition to achieve the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, writes UN undersecretary-general Shamshad Akhtar.
Despite the fact that about 250 million children around the world cannot attend school, 2018 is shaping up to be a promising year for global efforts to improve educational access and quality. Here's why.
Hannah Koh –
Many doubt their ability to fight climate change and build more liveable cities, but education and storytelling could put agency back into the hands of the people, said panellists at the Cities:Possibilities forum.