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Transforming Transportation: Toward Sustainable Mobility for All

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 21:25:46 +0000

From taxi apps to car sharing, from buses to the metro, from bike sharing to walking, not to mention personal cars, there are more transportation choices than ever before for that staple of modern life: the daily commute. The same ...



From Quito to Marrakech: Towards an Inclusive 1.5 Degree Pathway for Sustainable Mobility

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:30:09 +0000

More than 35,000 people from around the world gathered in Quito in October to celebrate the adoption of a New Urban Agenda, and an estimated 20,000 people convened in Marrakech two weeks ago for COP22. The events and dialogue that ...



Habitat III: Milestone for the World’s Cities or Business as Usual?

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 15:49:30 +0000

Two weeks ago, 30,000 people gathered in Quito, Ecuador, for Habitat III, the once-every-20-years UN conference on housing and sustainable urban development. At the conference, 167 country representatives adopted a non-binding but influential vision for cities of the future known as the ...



A New Agenda for Road Safety in Urban Areas

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 19:12:06 +0000

Habitat III in Quito was the largest UN meeting to date, with more than 36,000 people from 167 countries, thousands of organizations and institutions, hundreds of meetings and side events and the adoption of the New Urban Agenda (NUA). Habitat ...



New Urban Transport Models Can Help Create Sustainable Cities

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 20:47:53 +0000

Urban leaders from around the world are meeting in Quito, Ecuador, October 17-20, 2016, to set the global agenda for the future of cities at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, known as Habitat III. Through ...



The Big Gap in Habitat III: Making the New Urban Agenda Actionable

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 21:05:51 +0000

On July 25, over 4,000 participants and negotiators from 142 countries came together for Habitat III’s Preparatory Committee Meeting in Surabaya, Indonesia. The purpose of the meeting was to finalize the New Urban Agenda (NUA)—a vision for the cities of ...



Live from Surabaya: Setting the Stage for the New Urban Agenda

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:20:07 +0000

This week in Surabaya, Indonesia marks the last preparatory session (PrepCom3) before the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016. The conference will bring together national governments, sub-national actors, decision-makers and ...



Transforming Transportation: From Global Targets to Local Action

Wed, 13 Jan 2016 19:54:56 +0000

Last year saw major international commitments on critical topics like climate change, sustainable development and road safety. From the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to the Brasilia Declaration on Road Safety and the climate agreement reached at COP21,  ...



Empowering City Leaders: Pacing Local Climate Action after COP21

Fri, 11 Dec 2015 21:46:27 +0000

TheCityFix is covering cities at COP21. Urban areas account for a large share of greenhouse gas emissions but are also tremendous agents of innovation to address climate change. Read our full coverage of the Paris Climate Conference as it relates to cities, buildings, and mobility. “Our cities ...



Accelerating Collaborative Action on Transport and Climate Change at COP21

Sun, 06 Dec 2015 04:15:46 +0000

TheCityFix is covering cities at COP21. Urban areas account for a large share of greenhouse gas emissions but are also tremendous agents of innovation to address climate change. Read our full coverage of the Paris Climate Conference as it relates to cities, buildings, and mobility. In the ...



Translating National Climate Commitments Into Local Action for the Transport Sector

Wed, 02 Dec 2015 15:34:39 +0000

TheCityFix is covering cities at COP21. Urban areas account for a large share of greenhouse gas emissions but are also tremendous agents of innovation to address climate change. Read our full coverage of the Paris Climate Conference as it relates to cities, buildings, and mobility. Over the ...



Upcoming Habitat III Conference Offers Opportunity for Leaders to Set a New Urban Agenda

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:49:23 +0000

In 1950, fewer than 800 million people lived in urban areas. Today that number is almost 5 billion, and is expected to surpass 6 billion by 2045, according to the UN World Urbanization Prospects. Urban growth—and its related challenges of ...



Transforming Transportation 2015: Turning momentum into action

Thu, 05 Feb 2015 16:04:42 +0000

What will the city of the future look like? How can we unlock the potential of urbanization to create safe, accessible and prosperous societies? At Transforming Transportation 2015 – the annual conference co-organized by the World Resources Institute and the World Bank– we learned about ...



Want healthy, thriving cities? Tackle traffic safety first

Wed, 14 Jan 2015 13:55:05 +0000

Every year, more than 1.2 million people die in traffic crashes worldwide, equivalent to nearly five Boeing 747 plane crashes every day. As developing economies grow and private car ownership becomes more mainstream, the number of associated crashes and fatalities ...



Three promising pathways to finance sustainable cities

Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:32:55 +0000

Sustainable, accessible, thriving cities are within our reach. Investing in solutions like energy and building efficiency, integrated public transit and better land use and transit planning can improve health, quality of life and economic opportunities in cities. In fact, the ...



Five reasons to be optimistic about sustainable urban mobility

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:41:45 +0000

According to the United Nations World Urbanization Prospects, cities will add over 2.5 billion people in the next 40 years, with 90% of this growth coming from cities in emerging economies. China and India alone are expected to add 276 million and 218 million urban ...



Real progress on sustainable cities and transport unveiled at U.N. Climate Summit

Thu, 25 Sep 2014 19:09:57 +0000

Tuesday’s U.N. Climate Summit included unprecedented focus on cities and the transport sector at climate change conferences. City leaders committed to new actions to promote sustainable urban development and low carbon transport systems. Notable leaders at the Summit included Seoul Mayor ...



The UN Climate Summit: What’s in it for Cities?

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:36:48 +0000

City leaders have a key role to play at next week’s UN Climate Summit in New York City, which brings together heads of state, mayors, business leaders, and civil society representatives to build momentum towards an international agenda to tackle ...



From the director’s chair: Sustainable urban transport solutions worth spreading

Wed, 06 Aug 2014 14:24:44 +0000

Holger Dalkmann, Director of EMBARQ – the producer of TheCityFix – wrote about the importance of developed and emerging cities improving sustainable transport in the 2014 Commonwealth Ministers Reference Book. Read his thoughts on growing trends contributing to sustainable cities worldwide. ...



On the move: Advancing sustainable transport – getting from here to there

Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:06:10 +0000

This is the tenth and final post of the “Sustainable Urban Transport On The Move” blog series, exclusive to TheCityFix. Preparation of this series was possible thanks to a grant by Shell Corporation. Its contents are the sole responsibility of ...



Lessons from the C40 Mayors Summit: Scaling up solutions for resilient, livable cities

Tue, 18 Feb 2014 17:13:26 +0000

More than 70 percent of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. So cities represent the single greatest opportunity for targeted, meaningful actions that create impact on the ground, improve the quality of life for billions of people, and reduce ...



New global campaign aims to deliver sustainable transport to world’s cities

Mon, 03 Feb 2014 15:00:03 +0000

Human society has a lot riding on the transport sector. Safe, efficient, and sustainable transport not only has the potential to enhance or degrade the public spaces, health, and economic dynamism of where the majority of humanity lives – in ...



Five opportunities for 21st-century transport

Thu, 16 Jan 2014 13:30:25 +0000

The world is in the midst of unprecedented urbanization, with cities expected to hold 5.2 billion residents by 2050. One of the major challenges of the 21st century, therefore, is achieving a sustainable future for our cities. And transport – ...



Transforming transportation for more inclusive, prosperous cities

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 14:42:30 +0000

Cities are the world’s engines of economic growth. Yet many have a long way to go when it comes to ensuring safe and affordable access to jobs, education, and healthcare for its citizens — in part because their transport systems ...



Transport at the forefront of COP 19 climate change agenda

Mon, 16 Dec 2013 15:00:40 +0000

“It is not possible to effectively address climate change without substantive [greenhouse gas] GHG emission reductions by the transport sector. Climate action on transport is directly linked to sustainable development.” This statement is the founding principle of the Partnership on ...



Sustainable transport finance: thinking nationally and locally

Thu, 02 May 2013 18:00:39 +0000

The world, and Asia in particular, is heading in the wrong direction Asia is rapidly urbanizing, creating localized stress on the transport system. In 2011, for the first time in history, more Chinese lived in urban centers than rural areas ...



5 keys to sustainable development in Indian cities

Mon, 22 Apr 2013 13:58:54 +0000

By Holger Dalkmann and Ashwin Prabhu — this post also appears in WRI Insights Indian cities are urbanizing at an unprecedented scale and pace. Over the next few decades, India’s urban population is expected to increase significantly, from 377 million in 2011 ...



Unlocking Sustainable Transport Starts with Cities

Thu, 31 Jan 2013 19:58:56 +0000

This post was initially published on National Geographic City Solutions’ blog. City leaders face incredible pressure to deliver sustainable transportation. Cities now account for more than half of the world’s population—by 2050, they will hold 75 percent of us. These ...



3 Big Opportunities To Transform Transportation

Wed, 16 Jan 2013 21:46:48 +0000

The need for action on sustainable transport has never been more apparent than it is today. The world’s population is expected to reach a whopping 9.8 billion people by 2050, with about 70 percentof these people residing in cities. Meanwhile, greenhouse gas ...



ADB Transport Forum 2012: Full Speed Toward Inclusive and Sustainable Mobility

Mon, 26 Nov 2012 20:50:23 +0000

“We cannot continue as we are,” echoed the participants at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Transport Forum 2012 held in Manila earlier this month. Demographic trends around the world indicate that 44 million people will move to cities every year. ...