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How Indonesia's biggest megacity is making it easier for residents to make their wants and needs heard.
Patralekha Chatterjee October 12, 2017
The same forces that make water a constant problem for Hong Kong also make the city a source of innovations.
Alok Gupta October 6, 2017
World Bank study also makes some policy recommendations.
Amy Fallon October 4, 2017
The continent’s cities remain mired in colonial-era legal process. A new guidebook shows how reforms can happen.
David Hatch September 26, 2017
Report highlights notable urban climate change defences.
David Hatch September 20, 2017
A global push is on for countries to adopt national urban policies. What are they and how do countries get one?
Gregory Scruggs September 19, 2017
How cooking and eating in Peru's capital turned into paths for economic and social change.
Contest seeks to help marginalized communities worldwide strengthen the resilience of their systems for producing and delivering food. Voting ends 16 Sept.
David Hatch September 13, 2017
Data is generally available to track local SDGs progress in the United States, report finds.
Gregory Scruggs September 12, 2017
The ‘UN Urban’ proposal didn’t get much support, but several other key proposals did.
Gregory Scruggs September 8, 2017
Local officials need to focus on cleaner cooking fuel, solar energy and efficiency codes, says new report.
Carey L. Biron September 7, 2017
At high-level meeting, U.N. member states questioned other recommendations to reform UN-Habitat.
Gregory Scruggs September 6, 2017
A U.N. report has lessons for cities in the least developed countries.
David Hatch September 6, 2017
Twenty-six members of the International Carbon Action Partnership celebrated its 10th anniversary by pledging to strengthen cooperation in establishing carbon markets.
Gregory Scruggs September 1, 2017
Ahead of key meeting next week, civil society grouping pushes ‘UN Urban’ proposal to go further.
Gregory Scruggs August 31, 2017
In Pontevedra, efforts to turn streets over to people has improved quality of life -- and proven politically popular.
Ignacio Amigo August 30, 2017
Experts see new need for this powerful tool in an era of rapid urbanization and amid the growth of intermediate cities lacking administrative capacity.
Gregory Scruggs August 29, 2017
Frameworks such as the New Urban Agenda bring with them a real risk of reducing citizens to providers of data, one academic warns.
Gregory Scruggs August 25, 2017
Innovations in the U.S. capital region are changing food supply chains and bringing fresh fruits and vegetables to 'food deserts'.
Neal Peirce August 25, 2017
Effort looks at 100 cities in the United States with an eye to creating a methodology that can be used in other countries.
Gregory Scruggs August 24, 2017
Ideas from Europe include interactive spaces, youth programmes.
David Hatch August 23, 2017
A push for 100 ‘smart’ cities is neglecting needs for basic services and putting India’s poorest at risk of eviction, a report says.
Patralekha Chatterjee August 21, 2017
Short answer: It’s complicated. But coming months are ‘critical’, observers say.
Gregory Scruggs August 18, 2017