Migration and Gender in Resilience Planning: are we doing enough?

26th November 2018

Today’s global socio-economic conjuncture is characterized by urban transformations, the growth of cities, mass human displacement, and deep social inequalities. This article suggests that urban planning is a crucial factor for navigating this articulation, for better or for worse.


João Paulo Tavares Coelho de Freitas
Doctoral Fellow, United Nations University

The Crackdown on the Informal Poor – A Problem or a Solution?

25 September 2018

Forced evictions in Nigeria’s biggest cities are at an all-time high. Why and how did we get here? States like Lagos, Rivers, Edo, Kaduna and Kano have launched attacks on the urban poor through their policies. The majority of thus cruelty against the urban poor is unlawful and a violation of human rights. For example, the majority of cases in the Lagos state mobile court are centered around the “2003 illegal market and street trading ban”and the “wandering without a source of livelihood” law. This is not only illegal but a  violation of the right to livelihood and economic participation, freedom and public space.


Rebecca Enobong Roberts
Policy Advocacy Officer

Seoul Spearheads Global Efforts to Promote Fair and Sustainable Urban Tourism

21 September 2018

“Tourist Go home”, “Tourist: your luxury trip, my daily misery”, “Your tourism kills my neighborhood”. Recently, this kind of message has been seen in several travel destinations, victims of their own success and attractiveness. Indeed, for many residents living in these popular destinations, tourism has often been experienced as a nightmare rather than a dream.


Catherine Germier-Hamel
Senior Expert Sustainable & Smart Travel

New York, with 8.5 million people, heading for a sustainable future

July 17, 2018

New York has long been considered a pioneer – in fashion, art, music, and food, just to name a few. Now this city of 8.5 million is leading a shift in how we tackle today’s toughest global challenges like climate change, education, inequality, and poverty.


Maimunah Mohd Sharif Executive
Executive Director of the UN-Habitat

Divergent Definitions – Embracing a Holistic Understanding of Urban Resilience


Frequently referred to as a buzzword, the emergent focus on resilience has allowed it to become an increasingly normative framework to envision future urban development within – often in contemporary contexts, informing multi-dimensional facets of urban development. [1][2] (more…)

Sunjyot Singh
Urban Planner

Barcelona advances progress on the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

24th April, 2018

Barcelona City Council is now equipped with the Pla Clima (Climate Plan). This cross-cutting strategy contains 242 actions running up to 2030 and complements the Paris Agreement on the fight against climate change. By implementing the plan, the City Council is picking up the pace towards reducing emissions and advancing towards the levels called for in the Paris agreement by 20 years.



Calling for a Gender approach to “smart” and “resilient” cities

March 14th, 2018

Given the policy imperative to develop “smart cities”, it is critical to explore the connection between gender and urban development in relation to urban resilience in smart cities.


Sunita Kotnala and Rajashree Ghosh
Pacific Technical Assistance Mechanism and Brandeis University

The Battle of the Ages: How climate change is leaving its mark on cities

March 1st, 2018

“How can we be so arrogant? The planet is, was, and always will be stronger than us. We can’t destroy it; if we overstep the mark, the planet will simply erase us from its surface and carry on existing. Why don’t they start talking about not letting the planet destroy us?” – Paulo Coelho, The Winner Stands Alone.

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Heleen Van Hecke (main editor)
Independant Consultant

Urban living in the context of climate change: holistic is the way to go

February 9th, 2018

A complex multidimensional system containing an endless number of elements constantly interacting among themselves. Functioning as a unit. Growing exponentially. Becoming more and more smart and intelligent. The cradle of cutting edge innovations. But still very vulnerable. Fragile enough to collapse like a house of cards just in one day. This is what our cities are like: the largest concentration of both the world’s biggest wealth and the most challenging issues. They are constantly facing impacts of different kinds due to natural, technological, social or other causes, which not only pose serious risk for the urban living, but also produce significant losses, both material and human.


Aira Buskute and Marc Velasco

Think piece: Arctic resilience is evolving to the urban sphere

February 6th, 2018

How can Arctic communities remain resilient to transforming surroundings? Can age-old resilience-thinking solutions be adapted to the Arctic today? And what does the Arctic have to teach the world about resilience? (more…)

UN-Habitat and Marie Francisco

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