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A high-level U.N. meeting on 5-6 September may sound arcane, but the decisions made there could decide how sustainable our cities are for generations. Here’s what needs to happen.
Aromar Revi August 22, 2017
Short answer: It’s complicated. But coming months are ‘critical’, observers say.
Gregory Scruggs August 18, 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
A major U.N. reform initiative is underway around localization and partnerships. In this, the Habitat III process offers a key model.
Eugénie L. Birch July 31, 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
Amid upheaval at the national level, cities and civil society are pressing forward with plans to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals. In this, they see the goals as importantly apolitical.
Gregory Scruggs July 25, 2017
‘Localizing’ the Sustainable Development Goals isn’t about cities alone. States, provinces and other regions are just as important, notes new report.
Gregory Scruggs July 20, 2017
The initiative unveiled a broad vision to break down barriers to local implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals — and an expectation of real results.
Carey L. Biron July 18, 2017
The international community will focus on cities at next year’s SDGs review. Before that, the urban community is looking for strengthened coordination on SDG 11.
Carey L. Biron July 10, 2017
The annual assessment, which starts this week, is failing to address “localization” of the global goals.
8-member panel’s work now expected to wrap up by end-July.
Gregory Scruggs June 21, 2017
It remains unclear whether countries will pay for UN-Habitat to coordinate implementation of the New Urban Agenda.
Gregory Scruggs May 25, 2017
National governments have authorized the creation of a voluntary fund to support UN-Habitat’s rapid deployment.
Gregory Scruggs May 22, 2017
Countries “signaled” that UN-Habitat would be given a coordination mandate for the Habitat III strategy — but contingent on assessment.
Gregory Scruggs May 15, 2017
On most issues, this week’s Governing Council meeting is in wait-and-see mode.
Gregory Scruggs May 10, 2017
U.N. secretary-general tasks 8-member body with offering key assessment of UN-Habitat by June.
Gregory Scruggs April 13, 2017
Yes, say experts. A working group meeting this month hopes to offer first-ever guidance in the next few years.
Brendon Bosworth April 5, 2017
Move condemns the destruction of historic cities by terrorist groups in the Middle East, stating that such actions can constitute war crimes.
Gregory Scruggs March 30, 2017
As opposed to simply managing safety, the term implies creating conditions on the ground that can make urban environments secure.
David Hatch March 28, 2017
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