By Sylvia Croese on 13 okt, 2019
On 24 September I attended the second High Level Local and Regional Government Forum which took place on the sidelines of the UN SDG Summit . While the SDG Summit, the first to take place under the auspices of the UN General Assembly since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, counted with the participation of Heads of State and Government, the Local Forum featured the participation of local and regional government leaders, networks and their partners to showcase results on SDG implementation. Stark contrast The Local Forum stood in stark contrast to the Heads of...
By Perry and Sitas on 19 aug, 2019
Festivals can play a central role in creating more sustainable cities. Beth Perry and Rike Sitas at Mistra Urban Futures Sheffield and Cape Town platforms have looked at 18 festivals all over the world. The article is republished from The Conversation under Creative Commons.
By Ryan Bellinson on 26 jul, 2019
I, like most other researchers, am passionate about the topics I investigate. So when I was recently presented with an opportunity to participate in a TV programme, I was quite excited to share my work with a new audience. The Turkish Television programme ‘Roundtable’ consisted of a 30-minute discussion between four panelists focusing on climate change and the role of cities. I was told by one of the show’s producers a day before filming the programme that the host would ask questions about why cities are meaningful when discussing climate change, explore how cities can contribute toward...
By richardgoulding on 13 jun, 2019
Two teams of housing activists, academics and practitioners from Gothenburg, Sweden, and Manchester and Liverpool in the UK, have been taking part in a mutual learning exchange this year. Organised by the University of Sheffield and Mistra Urban Futures, here the UK participants reflect on their visit and what ideas they plan to take back with them. The exchange programme is about: The aim of our exchange was to swap ideas and experiences of how neighbourhoods can be transformed by communities in the two countries, without falling into the traps of gentrification and top-down property-led...
By Jan Riise on 27 maj, 2019
The implementation of the New Urban Agenda seems to have lost some of its initial momentum and enthusiastic support. This is one of the key questions when the first ever United Nations Habitat Assembly starts today in Nairobi, Kenya.