We live in an urban world: more than 55 per cent of the world population lives in urban areas today and this number will grow to 68 per cent by 2050. Cities are particularly vulnerable to Climate Change as the concentrate large populations and a centres for the national economy and social-economic development. In order to build the climate resilience of the national population and economy, building resilient cities and human settlements is essential.
Urbanization is one of the global megatrends of our time, unstoppable and irreversible. In 30 years, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in urban areas; 90 per cent of this urban growth will take place in less developed regions such as East Asia, South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. These are regions where capacity and resources are already constrained, and development challenges are ever more complex and concentrated.
Las ciudades están jugando un papel central en la respuesta global al cambio climático a través de la reducción de las emisiones de gas de efecto invernadero y de la adaptación a los efectos del cambio climático. Los gobiernos locales tienen un papel central en estos esfuerzos, pues lideran la acción climática por medio de la elaboración de estrategias y programas, la integración permanente de estas acciones en el desarrollo urbano, y la creación de las alianzas necesarias para respuestas
Climate Change1 iis big news all over the world. Ironically, water usually finds mention in the footnotes even though it is arguably the principal adverse fall-out of changing climate patterns and extreme weather events.
Since 2008, more than half of the world’s population already lived in cities. This figure continues to grow, particularly in Africa and Asia, and coastal urban centres receive a disproporionate share of this growth. Urbanization can be a positive force, however safe, adequate, and predictable water supplies are a necessary feature of sustainable urban development.
The study seeks to inform the update and revision of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) National Spatial Strategy by analyzing five international experiences on national spatial frameworks and identifying sustainable and progressive approaches. Case studies include Republic of Korea, Germany, Malaysia, Morocco and China,Germany. Each country has been selected through a set of criteria collaboratively set by the UN-Habitat Headquarters and Riyadh Office.
The Guiding Principles for City Climate Action Planning reviews typical steps in the city-level climate action planning process in light of a proposed set of globally applicable principles. These principles, shown below, developed through a robust and open multi-stakeholder process, support local officials, planners and stakeholders in climate action planning1. Such plans aim to help cities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adopt low emission development trajectories, as well as adapt to the impacts of climate change and build local climate resilience.
This guidebook on integrating climate change into city development strategies (CDS) attempts to provide a modest input into the effort of unifying two key thematic areas, Climate Change and City Development Strategies. This attempt of climate proofing city development strategies is an ongoing process and requires additional effort by governments, academia, and city development partners worldwide.
UN-Habitat’s Cities and Climate Change Initiative promotes enhanced climate change mitigation and adaptation in developing country cities. This document is an initial output of the Cities and Climate Change Initiative activities in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. This abridged report is based on the report titled: “Kathmandu Valley, Nepal – Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment”.
This document provides a contextual understanding of the challenges and opportunities of climate change in relation to human settlements in Small Island Developing States (SIDS). It is a collection of initial thoughts in response to the call of Small Island Developing States for “the strengthening of the long-standing cooperation and support provided by the international community” and “enabling strong, genuine and durable partnerships at the sub-national, national, sub-regional, regional and international levels” (UNGA 2014).
This publication explores the complex terrain of diverse women’s unrealized right to adequate housing and the consequent negative implications for urban sustainability. It underlines the often under-acknowledged relationship between diverse women and the home, and it identifies a number of key areas that impede diverse women from enjoying their right to adequate housing.