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Sustainable housing’s expensive, right? Not when you look at the whole equation

Originally published on The Conversation – 25 August 2016 Authors: Trivess Moore, Cecily Maller, Ralph Horne and Yolande Strengers Low-energy or zero-energy housing is international best practice, but is still considered costly. Part of the problem is that studies of housing standards typically use only cost-benefit analysis to assess their value, and so often wrongly… View Article
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Municipalities in Paraná and São Paulo come together for sustainable tourism

Municipalities are gathering together across the interior of Brazilian states of São Paulo and Paraná to collectively advance their economies and communities. This is being supported by both state governments and is developing to be a major, multi-city Innovating project of the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme. Commitments are being sought for the creation… View Article

Cities Programme welcomes Bangangté

“Nobility, Dignity and Elegance” – motto of Bangangté This month we had the pleasure of speaking to the Commune of Bangangté‘s mayor, Celestine Ketcha Courtes, about the French-speaking, West Cameroonian city’s recent commitment to the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme. Culture With a population of 200,000, Bangangté’s main ethnic group is Bamiléké (representing most villages). However, seven traditional kingdoms… View Article
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Built environment advises the Australian Parliament

Built Environment Meets Parliament (BEMP) is a premier urban think-tank event in Australia, involving leading Parliamentarians, policy specialists, academics and practitioners across the built environment sector. This year, it was held at the NSW State Parliament in Sydney on 10 August, with an agenda which focused on the urgent urban development challenges across Australian cities…. View Article
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Birigui enters with a wealth of sustainability action

In May this year we welcomed the municipality of Birigui from the state of São Paulo into the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme. Founded on 7 December 1911, this Brazilian city has a population of 120,000. We recently had the opportunity to speak with Birigui’s contact point, Dr Tadeau Luciano, about the city’s reasons for joining the United Nations Global Compact. “A… View Article

Big increase in Argentinian Global Compact cities and regions

Within the last two months the Cities Programme has been delighted to welcome four new Argentinian Global Compact city participants. The Province of Tierra del Fuego, Antártida e Islas del Atlántico Sur and Municipalities of Quilmes, Yerba Buena and Concepcion recently made the commitment to the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact. They join the… View Article
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GC Network Brazil’s call to action for ‘Less Waste, More Water’

Every year, 6.5 billion cubic metres of water are wasted in the urban distribution systems in Brazil. That represents approximately 39% of all the water treated for consumption in the country. To reverse this situation, the Less Waste, More Water Movement (Movimento Menos Perda, Mais Água in Portuguese) was created to reduce water loss in distribution… View Article

City Scan and Ethical Cities at PrepCom3 in Surabaya

As one of the Cities Programme’s newest innovations, the City Scan garnered quite some attention and discussion at PrepCom3, the third and final preparatory committee before Habitat III. From July 25-27 in Surabaya, Indonesia, Dr. Brendan Barrett led two events: a dialogue on ‘Ethical Cities’ at the Urban Speakers Corner and a side event with the title… View Article

Warnings about Australia’s housing crisis

Originally published on The Conversation – 15 June 2016 Authors: Ralph Horne and David Adamson We have to move the housing conversation beyond a game of political football about negative-gearing winners and losers. Australia needs a bipartisan, long-term, housing policy. Why? Because we have a slow-burn, deepening crisis that is affecting Australians who are already highly vulnerable… View Article