Influencing the New Urban Agenda: 20 ideas for creating better cities



September 2016 — Next month, the "Olympics of urbanization" -- as the UN's Habitat III convening was recently called by Anthony Flint -- will take centerstage among urban influencers. A 20-year blueprint for our urban future will be agreed upon in October in Quito, Ecuador -- no small feat given the state of many cities around the world, particularly in the Global South, where basic infrastructure is lagging woefully behind the needs of citizenry. In order to create better cities, Habitat III launched a campaign: The City We Need to lay down guiding ideas for moving forward.

This month, our Community Managers examined the 10 principles of The City We Need and came up with innovations from their home city to exemplify one of the principles in action. We'll see how cities are already working to make better and more equitable urban futures for all.

Photo Credit: Chris Hand

Empatia e colaboração para a transformação

Curitiba, 27 septiembre 2016 — Enquanto o Brasil passa por uma fase marcada pela repressão e pelo silenciamento das vozes que ousam sugerir ou demandar mudanças, uma grande campanha em Curitiba impulsiona o movimento contrário, apostando na empatia e na colaboração como ferramentas para a construção de uma cidade melhor. Neste artigo, conheça a campanha Todos Faz Parte.
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Politics of water in Mumbai

Mumbai, 26 September 2016 — A landmark judgment in Mumbai secures the right to water as a fundamental right guaranteed under the Constitution. See more.

All eyes are on the big bang education reforms in Delhi

Delhi, 22 September 2016 — The Delhi government has unleashed a slew of fresh measures to reform education in the State; however, piecemeal strategy and failure to recruit enough teachers might undo the good work.
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Dhaka’s traffic nightmare

Dhaka, 21 September 2016 — Owing to rapid and unsustainable urbanization in Dhaka city, existing roads and transportation system is no longer adequate to endure the city’s population and growing need lower commute time. The traffic congestion in Dhaka city is estimated to cause an economic loss worth about 2 billion US dollars and rising. The big idea to combat this ascending issue is a 2.5 billion US dollar metro project aimed at controlling traffic congestion and providing efficient transport for city dwellers on the busiest route of the city. See more.

"The Johannesburg we need": Yasmeen Dinath on the JDA and UN-Habitat's 'New Urban Agenda'

Johannesburg, 20 September 2016 — In March 2016 UN-Habitat released a document ('The City We Need') summarizing a common vision for a 'New Urban Agenda', to be delivered at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). We spoke with Yasmeen Dinath, ‎Planning Manager of the ‘Planning and Strategy’ team at the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA), exploring whether and how these principles are being enacted in Johannesburg.
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Bangladeshi garment workers and the work of BGMEA

Chittagong, 19 September 2016 — The readymade garments sector (RMG) in Bangladesh has been making crucial contribution to the country and its economy, accounting for 81% of the total export earnings of the country. Apart from being the major earner of foreign currency, the RMG sector creates employment for over 4 million people, the vast majority of whom are women. See more.

Mendorong Kota Inklusi melalui Kelompok Perempuan

Jakarta, 16 September 2016 — Sebuah kota yang mengakui keberagaman warganya merupakan kota yang dicita-citakan oleh semua orang, terutama jika di kota tersebut mampu memberikan pengakuan terhadap minoritas. Masyarakat Cina Benteng merupakan salah satu minoritas yang telah mengalami diskriminasi dan stigma oleh publik dan pemerintah. Gerakan inklusi sosial Cina Benteng digerakkan oleh kelompok perempuan yang mendorong adanya keberterimaan luas atas kelompok mereka. Baca lebih lanjut.

#SomosCDMX

Mexico D.F., 15 septiembre 2016 — La Ciudad de México transita hacia una nueva identidad jurídica y democrática para asegurar y reforzar mecanismos democráticos de representación y de autonomía propia como un Estado más de la Federación. Leer más.

Memberdayakan Warga Pinggir Kali untuk Ketahanan Bencana

Surabaya, 14 September 2016 — Masyarkat yang tinggal di pinggir sungai kerap memperoleh stigma negatif sebagai warga illegal, penyebab bajir dan kotornya sungai. Oleh karena itu kebijakan pemerintah kota adalah menggusur mereka dan memindahkan ke lokasi yang mengancam pecahnya ikatan sosial warga. Namun demikian, warga strenkali Surabaya merupakan contoh baik bagaimana warga pinggi kali berdaya secara ekonomi dan menjaga sungai mereka. Baca lebih lanjut.

Low Cost Housing through Mortgage Housing Scheme

Lagos, 13 September 2016 — Providing decent and affordable housing has been a major concern for Lagos urban planners. It is estimated that the city is short of 2.5 million units of housing while the majority of residents are tenants paying as much as half of their income on housing rents. The Lagos Home Ownership Mortgage Scheme (Lagos HOMS) was designed to help low and middle income earners purchase a house through a sustained payment modality over a protracted period. See more.

Medidas educativas en el Plan General de Cali

Cali, 12 septiembre 2016 — El nuevo plan de desarrollo de Cali presta una atención especial a la educación. Programas destinados a mejorar el acceso a los sistemas educativos, especialmente por parte de las minorías y de los estudiantes en riesgo de ezclusión social, han sido creados o reforzados. También se contemplan nuevas inversiones en mejoras de las instalaciones. Leer más.

Grande São Paulo alcança 21 milhões de habitantes mais heterogênea, menos desigual, e muito menos congestionada

São Paulo, 9 setembro 2016 — Graças a iniciativas de baixo custo como controle de velocidade, novos corredores de ônibus e ciclovias pintadas sobre o pavimento da rua, o tempo extra de viagem perdido em engarrafamentos caiu 63%. Mesmo assim, há forte oposição de setores da sociedade, mostrando como é difícil implementar políticas progressistas em metrópoles do século XXI.
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Ciudad Paz: el modelo de expansión de Bogotá en su búsqueda por reducir el déficit de vivienda

Bogotá, 8 septembre 2016 — Ciudad paz es una propuesta de desarrolllo inmobiliario que cubriría 15000 hectareas y en el que habitarían, una vez completado, mas de 1,4 millones de personas. El Proyecto es altamente controvertido pues ocuparía una zona ecológica protegida, y requerirá inversions masivas en infraestructuras. Leer más.

Casa, trabalho e comunidade: cooperativa fortalece empreendimentos de habitação popular

Rio de Janeiro, 7 setembro 2016 — Cozinheiros, pedreiros e até agricultores se juntam na Cooperativa Liga Urbana para viabilizar a construção coletiva de suas casas e criar oportunidades de trabalho digno.
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اليونسكو والحكومة المصرية يعملان عن كثب للحفاظ على المواقع التاريخية في القاهرة

Cairo, 6 September 2016
يؤثر التحول السياسي على المواقع التاريخية التي تواجه تدهورا وخاصة عند عدم إدراجها في التخطيط الحضري القاهرة، وتعمل اليونسكو مع حكومة القاهرة عن كثب للحفاظ على المواقع والآثار التاريخية في القاهرة في إطار مشروع "التجديد الحضري للقاهرة التاريخية".
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In Bengaluru, citizens lead the way

Bangalore, 5 September 2016 — The city which generates 3000-4000 tonnes of solid waste daily is also struggling to enforce source segregation, recycling and processing the waste in spite of regulations. The citizen participation becomes equally important to work towards compliance and that’s what citizens of Bengaluru have shown. The citizens are shaping the policy, collaborating with municipal authority and encouraging peer to peer learning for managing immense waste generated in the city.
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Defining the future of Nairobi

Nairobi, 2 September 2016 — Nairobi city is home to over 3 million individuals. Besides being the capital city of Kenya it acts as an economic hub for east Africa. Its levels of vibrancy and growth are unmatched by any other city in east Africa. It has also remained a dream destination for many people all over the world due to its natural and heritage character being the only city in the world hosting a national park within the city and being headquaters for main multinational organizations such as the UN. This vitality comes with high growth rate and similary high demand for services. Balancing the level of growth in this city and its vibrancy of activities has remained the biggest challenge with planning authorities being fulted for adopting a reactive and exclusionary approach to planning and urban development. See more.

Decentralizing governance in Accra

Accra, 1 September 2016 — “The city we need is collectively managed and democratically governed”. Accra, along with other cities in Ghana, is taking major steps towards the fourth principle of the New Urban Paradigm by working towards more effective and decentralized urban governance. Ghanaian cities are experimenting with a new form of city administration by strengthening the capacities of local governments. See more.

 

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