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The road to dignity by 2030: Ending poverty, transforming all lives and protecting the planet

Posted on: 10 December 2014
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The UN Secretary General has released his Synthesis Report on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The report summarises the development process and content of the Open Working Group’s Sustainable Development Goals to date, and the direction in which the agenda must head.

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Student attitudes towards and skills for sustainable development

Posted on: 10 December 2014
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This is the fourth consecutive year in which the survey has been run by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the National Union of Students (NUS). It is part of a longitudinal study into student attitudes towards sustainable development in UK higher education.

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World Council on City Data

Posted on: 8 December 2014
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The World Council on City Data (WCCD) coordinates all efforts on open city data to ensure a consistent and comprehensive platform for standardized urban metrics. As a global leader on standardized indicators, the WCCD is also leading the efforts on global implementation of ISO 37120 Sustainable Development of Communities: Indicators for City Services and Quality of Life, the new international standard for cities, created by cities. The WCCD has created the first ever certification system and Global City Registry for ISO 37120.

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Compact cities policies: Korea

Posted on: 3 December 2014
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This report examines Korea’s urban policies and offers customised policy recommendations based on the OECD publication, Compact City Policies (2012). This volume aims to provide “food for thought” for national, sub-national and municipal governments in Korea seeking to address urban challenges through improving urban spatial structure, and to find how compact city strategy could contribute to enhancing urban policy.

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Urban innovation and investment: The role of international financial institutions and development banks

Posted on: 2 December 2014
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The Business of Cities Ltd. was commissioned by Future Cities Catapult to produce a report to act as a background note for a gathering of international financial institutions and development banks to discuss the future of urban investments and urban innovation. This report examines the role that multilateral development banks, development banks, and bilateral development finance institutions (together known as International Financial Institutions) play in financing and shaping urban development and investment across the world.

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Investing in conservation: A landscape assessment of an emerging market

Posted on: 2 December 2014
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This report surveyed about 1,300 transactions from 2004 to 2013 in three areas: sustainable food and fiber, habitat conservation and water quality and quantity. (It defines conservation investments as “those intended to return principal or generate profit while also driving a positive impact on natural resources and ecosystems–specifically, decreased pressure on a critical ecological resource and/or the preservation or enhancement of critical habitat”). The report also profiles about 15 types of investments, from green bonds to Althelia Climate Fund, a European specialized investment fund launched in 2013 targeting landscape-scale projects that support forest conservation and sustainable land use in Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia.

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Megaprojects, settlement dynamics and the sustainability challenge in metropolitan cities

Posted on: 1 December 2014
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Although not a recent phenomenon, megaproject building is currently enjoying renewed popularity in large cities across the world. Policy-makers are undertaking major investments in the form of large-scale urban development projects to position their metropolitan cities on a global scale and to scale-up urban infrastructure to meet basic needs of housing and transportation. The aim of this special issue of the journal Habitat International (Vol.45 Part 3, January 2015 is to examine this trend, with a focus on four cities: Cape Town, Durban, Delhi, and Lima. On the basis of empirical case material, the articles analyse the challenges that megaprojects throw up for urban sustainability and discuss the peculiar issues facing cities characterized by extreme social inequalities, limited mobilisation of community groups and growing pressure on governments to implement neoliberal urban development policies.

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The new climate economy http://newclimateeconomy.report/misc/working-papers/ How cities develop will be critical to achieve economic growth and tackle climate change, according to a series of studies just released by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. These five studies provide real-world examples of how to achieve better patterns of urbanisation and highlight how cities can grow their economies while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The recent titles include: Accessibility in cities: Transport and urban form; Cities and the new climate economy: The transformative role of global urban growth; Steering urban growth: governance, policy and finance; The economic case for low carbon cities; What impact can local economic development in cities have on global GHG emissions? Assessing the evidence; Path dependence, innovation and the economics of climate change.

Posted on: 27 November 2014
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How cities develop will be critical to achieve economic growth and tackle climate change, according to a series of studies just released by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. These five studies  provide real-world examples of how to achieve better patterns of urbanisation and highlight how cities can grow their economies while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The recent titles include: Accessibility in cities: Transport and urban form; Cities and the new climate economy: The transformative role of global urban growth; Steering urban growth: governance, policy and finance; The economic case for low carbon cities; What impact can local economic development in cities have on global GHG emissions? Assessing the evidence; Path dependence, innovation and the economics of climate change.

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TRANSfer: Towards climate-friendly transport technologies and measures

Posted on: 26 November 2014
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The TRANSfer project is run by GIZ and funded by the International Climate Initiative of the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). Its objective is to support developing countries to develop and implement climate change mitigation strategies in the transport sector as „Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions“ (NAMAs).

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Sustainable Cities Sustainable World

Posted on: 26 November 2014
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This blog is about sustainability, often in the context of cities and through issues that arise in Bristol, UK. Frequent posts to date are on: topical sustainability issues in Bristol; being green; economics; climate change; environment; sustainability; democracy; health; community.

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