A Global Role for Cities

If the region is truly committed to delivering inclusive growth, it must equip local authorities with the tools to connect people and places to growth and wealth.
Daniël Termont March 27, 2017
Key will be moving beyond aspiration to focus on specific implementation mechanisms and road maps for action.
Teresa Ribera January 5, 2017
Local authorities are pushing to fundamentally move away from the longstanding dominance of the nation-state. How can we ensure that this is for the best?
Diane E. Davis December 5, 2016
Cities won landmark recognition at last year’s Paris negotiations. What are they hoping to get out of the first formal follow-up to those talks?
Gregory Scruggs November 7, 2016
On the eve of Habitat III, officials from 500 cities release two new visions of a deeper international role for local authorities.
Gregory Scruggs and Neal Peirce October 16, 2016
In an interview, C40’s Seth Schultz says groups like his are embarking on a long-term commitment to work directly with the research community to support sustainable urbanization.
October 6, 2016
An interview with Debra Roberts, an IPCC co-chair and the first chief resilience officer of Durban, South Africa.
September 21, 2016
Inside the inaugural session of a new forum for city-to-city collaboration.
Letty Reimerink September 15, 2016
Una gobernanza urbana colaborativa y vigorosos mecanismos de seguimiento serán las claves para el éxito de la Nueva Agenda Urbana.
Christoph Beier September 12, 2016
Collaborative urban governance and robust follow-up mechanisms will be key to a successful New Urban Agenda.
Christoph Beier September 12, 2016
This week sees the inaugural sessions of a new global governance body, aiming to create a platform for common action on crucial global challenges that manifest themselves as urban crises. To start with: climate change and migration.
Benjamin Barber September 5, 2016

Municipal governments are extending their reach into issues such as immigration, climate change and peacemaking, Devex reports. 

August 19, 2016
Events saw many calls for ‘localizing’ the goals but weak reference to Habitat III — a missed opportunity to put local actors at the centre of the global debate on sustainable development, some said.
Kanya D’Almeida July 28, 2016
There will be no sustainable development without action by local authorities. Habitat III needs to discuss a new U.N. council or other body representing cities and regions.
Ulrich Graute July 25, 2016
13 puntos clave de una recopilación que se filtró sobre los cambios sugeridos por los gobiernos a la segunda versión de la estrategia Hábitat III.
Gregory Scruggs July 14, 2016
13 takeaways from a leaked compilation of government-suggested changes to the second iteration of the Habitat III strategy.
Gregory Scruggs July 14, 2016
The U.N.’s key mechanism for tracking progress on the new Sustainable Development Goals meets 11-20 July. What insights does it offer for the Habitat III process?
Gregory Scruggs July 8, 2016

Urban areas account for half the world’s population, but generate more than two-thirds of the fossil-fuel emissions, Clean Technica reports.  

July 7, 2016
Habitat III can play a key role in facilitating the democratic participation of citizens that are demanding to be centre stage in developing public policy.
Ada Colau May 23, 2016
At ‘unprecedented’ sessions this week, cities spoke directly with national governments — and decried their status as mere ‘observers’ of the multilateral process.
Gregory Scruggs May 18, 2016
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