Copenhagen and Vancouver are among the world’s most environmentally friendly, low-carbon cities, but it wasn’t always this way. City officials tell delegates at IGBC 2017 how a focus on sustainability revived their cities.
Cities in poor countries play a crucial role in ensuring development efforts reach the poorest and most vulnerable residents, but are often confronted with lack of funding. A new UN report outlines ways to unlock much-needed urban finance.
Shamshad Akhtar –
The recent string of natural disasters has been a costly but critical lesson—that we need to prepare for more extreme weather, and protect the vulnerable who disproportionately bear the brunt of these, writes UNESCAP's Shamshad Akhtar.
Helen Mountford –
Recent extreme weather events are a wake-up call and opportunity to rebuild our cities to be more resilient, efficient and equitable in an era of changing climate, says WRI's Helen Mountford.
Bambang Susantono and Hans Joachim Schellnhuber –
If Asian cities continue with business-as-usual modes of energy use and urban development, they will not only exacerbate global climate change, but could also face severe risks including economic struggle, flooding, and food stress.
The struggle to deal with urban flooding has dominated international headlines recently. Here's how China's national "sponge cities" policy takes on rainfall and flooding, and what else it can do to achieve its ambitious goals.
Hurricane Harvey isn't a "natural disaster" because disasters are not natural, says University College London researcher Ilan Kelman. Rather, they are the result of social and political forces which shape people's vulnerability to events.
A lack of funding for the Sustainable Development Goals "is enough to test even the most diehard optimist", but World Bank expert Mahmoud Mohieldin shares lessons from Colombia on how countries can still achieve the SDGs.
Dutch manufacturing company AkzoNobel and sustainability media firm Eco-Business held the inaugural Cities:Possibilities forum on 8 November 2016. Read this outcome report for highlights from this insightful dialogue.
The Harnessing Public-Private Cooperation to Deliver the New Urban Agenda report emphasises that the future of cities largely depends on the way urbanisation is managed and public-private collaboration is leveraged ...