Circular economy aims to keep resources in use for as long as possible, to extract maximum economic value from them whilst in use and keeping materials out of landfills and incinerators, and to minimize waste by recovering and regenerating products and materials at the end of their service life. Yet, the development, implementation and scaling up of these solutions remain challenging amidst a global fast-track model of linear production, consumption and disposal. Local innovations can play an essential role in the circular economy. City and community innovations stemming from traditional local knowledge as well as from the application of modern science and technology, awareness raising, and advocacy are having tremendous, positive impacts. Many UNDP projects focus on working with various stakeholders, including local authorities, private sector, non-profits, women, youth, and people with disabilities.
28 July 2020 - The UN SG’s Policy Brief on COVID-19 in an Urban World estimates that urban areas are at the epicenter of the pandemic, accounting for an estimated 90 per cent of cases. However, urban density does not correlate with higher virus transmission. Overcrowding and urban areas with poor infrastructure and housing or weak local governance does.
UNDP initiatives, local governments, and partners support Malaysian cities on a low-carbon path in response to the climate crisis, in a country where the temperature, rainfall, and sea levels have been rising for decades.
UNDP is working with local governments and citizens to counter unplanned urbanization, turning neglected urban spaces into parks and green zones that use recycled waste in Lalitpur near Kathmandu, Nepal.
The Dubai International Best Practices Award for Sustainable Development is looking for the most innovative practices around the globe that improve the living environment with $1M worth of prizes to be awarded at the Dubai Expo 2020.
17 Feb 2020 - The Guangzhou Award serves as a platform for the sharing and exchange of innovative practices in the local implementation of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and New Urban Agenda (NUA). Its objective is to contribute to the creation of inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities and human settlements.
17 Feb 2020 - The Tenth World Urban Forum wrapped up in Abu Dhabi with delegates urging action on all aspects of rapid urbanization, recognizing that an increasingly urbanized world is a ‘transformative force’ that can be harnessed and steered to boost sustainable development.
12 Nov 2019 - The United Nations estimates that two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. In line with this prediction, more than 40 countries have built hundreds of new cities since the early 2000s, according to Forbes.