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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
“Shanghai’s waste management sector is reaching a point of significant transition,” says a new report.
David Hatch August 17, 2017
Officials are offering valuable land to developers in exchange for mixed-income proposals in an attempt to move beyond apartheid-era marginalization.
Brendon Bosworth August 17, 2017
The nature of tourism is changing, and how the city agencies that handle tourism need to change with it.
Christopher Swope August 16, 2017
Panel of experts’ recommendations could further complicate funding for UN-Habitat, some worry.
Gregory Scruggs August 15, 2017
A push from government, donors, NGOs and the U.N. yields a big success on public health.
AZM Anas August 14, 2017
For the northern hemisphere, summer’s not done yet.
Ian Klaus August 14, 2017
The country’s 2010 constitution created a new system of local government based on counties. Elected officials from those jurisdictions are up for reelection for the first time.
The role of the newest position in local government is already changing.
Christopher Swope August 4, 2017
A new initiative at TU Delft seeks to figure out what’s most relevant for students.
Gregory Scruggs August 2, 2017
Ideas from Seattle that can help cities anywhere protect cultural institutions survive redevelopment pressure and rising rents.
Gregory Scruggs August 1, 2017
Key tools include financial services for the “unbanked”, easy-to-access Internet-based business-license applications and more.
David Hatch August 1, 2017
How a popular video game became an urban planning tool.
Carlin Carr July 28, 2017
Move creates a beachhead that will allow for a deeper discussion of cities at the Human Rights Council, said one diplomat.
Gregory Scruggs July 27, 2017