The 2030 Agenda: Sustainable Urbanisation and the Research-Policy Interface – Issues for the G20

G20 and the question of urbanisation

This week, leaders of the world’s twenty largest economies will be meeting in the German port city of Hamburg. Since the creation of the Group of 20 (G20) in the aftermath of the global financial crisis of 2008, issues on its agenda traditionally include global economic growth, free trade and financial market regulation. For this […]

Comment: The new urban imperative for secondary cities

Linking policy-making and the New Urban Agenda with recent agreements on climate change and disaster risk reduction offers a strategy for financing the critically needed investments in today’s fast-growing intermediate cities.

Community-generated data crucial for implementing New Urban Agenda

Good urban planning can’t happen without a better understanding of informal settlements, advocates say.

Can we actually agree on indicators to measure urban development?

Using global frameworks to guide local development and measure progress in cities is complex.

Bulawayo: a faded industrial giant

Once revered as the industrial heart of Zimbabwe, Bulawayo has fallen into economic decline.

Two models for tracking implementation of the New Urban Agenda

As the Habitat III negotiations begin to wind up, discussion builds on how to monitor progress on the new vision in coming decades. Report from Citiscope.

Changing cityscape: Maputo

Chinese investment is transforming Maputo. Will new infrastructure projects benefit all Mozambicans or just the wealthy?

Five trends in Africa’s rapid urbanization

Citiscope reports on key trends in the recently published African Economic Outlook report.

Can diplomats negotiating the New Urban Agenda deliver success this week?

“What is pending?” asked Habitat III’s secretary general. “Issues related to monitoring, evaluation, follow-up and financing will be agreed on [through] further discussion here in Surabaya.”

Comment: The New Urban Agenda is not taking transport seriously enough

The global community has made a lot of promises about the importance of clean, safe, accessible transport in cities. Habitat III is the time to deliver.