The potential impact of a city-focused Sustainable Development Goal


September 2014 — When the UN General Assembly convenes in mid-September for the upcoming 69th session, its responsibilities will include the consideration of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets recently proposed by the UN Open Working Group (OWG) on SDGs. Among the currently proposed goals is Goal 11: "Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable." The inclusion of a standalone goal focused on sustainable cities and human settlements will be a powerful impetus for the international community to acknowledge and act on the critical challenges and major opportunities that rapid urbanization will present during the next 15 years.

This month's discussion will explore the potential impact of an urban-focused SDG on policy-level solutions, examining institutional structures, capacities, laws, plans, and programs. Check out this month's articles to read about solutions coming from across the Global South — then join the conversation in the comments below.

Protección de los Cerros Orientales: garantizando la sostenibilidad en Bogotá

Bogotá, 3 septiembre 2014 — Los Cerros Orientales de Bogotá constituyen un tesoro ecológico de incalculable valor para Bogotá. Tras siglos de explotación y olvido, la creación de un marco de protección jurídica ha sido un proceso largo y complejo, que ha culminado con una reciente decisión judicial. La falta de seguridad y la reparación de los daños ecológicos siguen siendo retos pendientes. Leer más.

Self-organized communities and development practices

Delhi, 2 September 2014 — Can development practices centered on collaborative community become mainstream in Delhi? This article discusses three case studies on community-centered development work and makes a case for legitimacy at ground level through the enactment of 74th Amendment and Local Area Plans in Delhi. See more.

Sustentabilidade urbana na prática: o caso do novo Plano Diretor de São Paulo

São Paulo, 1 setembro 2014 — Com seu novo plano diretor, São Paulo hoje é um laboratório de ideias de aplicação de princípios de sustentabilidade urbana no planejamento urbano. Com o objetivo de reequilibrar a cidade, grande foco foi colocado na questão do acesso à terra urbana, suas funções e densidades ideais, os espaços públicos e sistemas modais leves. Leia mais.

 

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Safe cities and urban inclusion


August 2014 — One of the top priorities for building inclusive cities, safety still remains a big challenge in the Global South. Public spaces, work places, and roads are all places of potential danger, and political issues such as militarization and police corruption also result in insecurity. In these contexts, women and children are especially vulnerable.

This month's discussion focuses on solutions to safety-related issues such as crime, police corruption, militarization, perceived insecurity, child sexual abuse, road dangers, gender violence, street harassment, and even food insecurity. Read on to learn more about approaches to creating safe and inclusive cities, and then share your thoughts in the comments below.

Como manter a segurança pós-copa do mundo?

Curitiba, 26 agosto 2014 — Curitiba viu as taxas de criminalidade caírem no período da Copa do Mundo, que aconteceu pelo reforço de policiamento da rua. Com o fim do evento, a insegurança e a criminalidade voltaram a crescer. A partir de alguns aprendizados, como a cidade pode se tornar mais segura para seus moradores? Leia mais.

City Improvement Districts in Johannesburg: The neoliberal, safe, prosperous; and the informal otherwhere

Johannesburg, 25 August 2014 — With their theoretical underpinnings in American models of inner-city management and development, how relevant are "City Improvement Districts" to the social lives of Southern African cities? Unless such models can become more inclusive of informality and heterogeneity and create places of safety and opportunity for all, they may ultimately only further enforce fragmentation and tension in civil society. See more.

مشكلات أمنية تواجهها المرأة المصرية في شوارع القاهرة

Cairo, 22 August 2014 — إن مشكلة التحرش بالنساء في مصر أضحت ظاهرة ذات معدلات كبيرة، حيث أفادت 99 بالمائة من نساء مصر بتعرضهن للتحرش الجنسي وسوء المعاملة في الشارع. وظهرت بضع مبادرات من المجتمع المدني مثل عملية ضد التحرش الجنسي وهاراس ماب (خريطة التحرش) وتحرير بودي غارد، فضلا عن عدة منظمات غير حكومية مثل المركز المصري لحقوق المرأة والمبادرة المصرية للحقوق الشخصية والتي أخذت على عاتقها القيام ببعض الوسائل لحماية المرأة في الشوارع والذود عن حقوقها. إقرء المزيد

Mengarusutamakan anak dalam proses pembangunan

Surabaya, 21 Agustus 2014 — Anak kerap dianggap sebagai minoritas yang tidak memiliki suara dalam pembangunan akibatnya mereka selalu ditinggalkan dalam proses perencanaan. Namun Surabaya yang telah berkomitmen menerapkan Kota Layak Anak menggunakan Forum Anak sebagai media memperoleh aspirasi anak untuk diteruskan kepada pemerintah. Baca lebih lanjut.

Usar la tecnología para salvar vidas

Caracas, 20 agosto 2014 — El Municipio de Sucre en Caracas ha introducido proyectos innovadores para reducir las tasas de homicidios en un 40 por ciento, en los últimos cuatro años. Su último proyecto utiliza geo referencia de datos para realizar un levantamiento de los puntos calientes de homicidio e implementar un patrullaje localizado para prevenir la delincuencia. Leer más.

 
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