The immediate introduction of a Temporary Basic Income for the world’s poorest people could slow the current surge in COVID-19 cases by enabling nearly three billion people to stay at home, according to a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report released today.
The first 20 years of this century have seen a “staggering” rise in climate disasters, UN researchers said on Monday, while also maintaining that “almost all nations” have failed to prevent a “wave of death and illness” caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The world’s most walkable cities include London, Paris, Bogotá and Hong Kong, according to a report. The UK capital outranks almost 1,000 cities around the world on citizens’ proximity to car-free spaces, schools and healthcare, and the overall shortness of journeys.
The European Commission, which bestowed the honor last month, recognized Leuven for the creative and systematic ways the city engages residents in decision making, particularly with experiments around reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. That effort, known as Leuven 2030, is itself an innovative governance model, engaging a cross-sector group of more than 600 partners in what Mayor Mohamed Ridouani calls a “radical participation approach.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has generated urgent and significant challenges for city authorities and citizens. At the same time, the crisis raises new and renewed social, economic, and public health questions and opportunities for sustainable urban development.
Formal private housing supply is limited in Bangladesh, forcing low and middle-income families to resort to costly informal arrangements. With current growth patterns, Bangladesh needs at least 8.5 million new houses by 2021, mostly for lower-income groups. Given the country’s commitments to providing housing for all by 2021, how can these demands be met when the situation has been further aggravated by COVID-19?
Almost 30 European cities including Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Prague and Budapest have signed the European Circular Cities Declaration, a commitment to work towards speeding up the transition from a linear to a circular economy.
The city’s resilience strategy highlighted water resilience and security as a priority. With the completion of the Community Infrastructure Program in 2018, the City is in better shape to respond and recover. The program ensures that even when pipes are broken, cell service is out, and transportation is blocked, most Wellingtonians will still be able to access water for a period until supply lines can be re-established.