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A wealth of events at WUF9

The World Urban Forum 9 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (7 to 13 February 2018) was a remarkable gathering. Over 23, 000 delegates came to KL from across sectors and across the world to, in the words of Lead agency UN-Habitat, “renew their commitment in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda as an accelerator for… View Article

Partnerships in India for Smart Cities Governance

Hot on the heels of the World Urban Forum 9, Cities Programme Director, Michael Nolan travelled to New Dehli, India to present the ‘City Partnerships Challenge’ to Indian cities and partners in a hallmark gathering of experts and practitioners of smart cities in India and across the globe. The ‘Smart Republic 2018’, held on February 15-16,… View Article

It’s on! City Partnerships Challenge is launched globally

On the final day of the World Urban Forum 9 – and in the company of a solid group of committed and excited partners – the Cities Programme launched its innovative partnered system to develop high impact projects to advance the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda (NUA). Cities Programme Director, Michael Nolan… View Article

Join us in Malaysia at World Urban Forum 9

The Cities Programme is hosting a number of key events at the World Urban Forum 9 in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia from 7 to 13 February 2018. We are very excited to announce that this includes the global launch of our City Partnerships Challenge! Please let us know if you are going to be there…. View Article

Parana SDG initiative recognised at WFO in Geneva

The State of Paraná was recently presented with the Partnership for Development award at the World Family Summit 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. This honour provided welcome recognition of the state of Paraná who recently supported the establishment of a Southern Brazil Centre at Copel in Curitiba. “By adopting the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development… View Article

 Why is housing so critical?

Homelessness is an ongoing concern in major urban areas around Australia despite numerous government policies targeted at combating the problem so what difference is affordable long term community housing making in the lives of people who have experienced homelessness? In 2016, Cities Programme Research Associate and RMIT Tutor, Shai Diner, embarked on a seven month research… View Article

Young kiwis’ solutions for New Zealand cities

How can we reduce waste and better care for the wealth of our waterways? It didn’t take long for 20 or so New Zealand school kids aged 11 to 13 taking part in the Rotorua Youth Forum facilitated by our Chair Michael Nolan, in New Zealand to deliver a series of workshops for metro, regional… View Article

Māori culture inspires upgrades to Rotorua’s Wastewater Treatment Plant

The Rotorua community continues to inspire with its remarkable culturally aware and respectful approach collaboration and projects. Rotorua Lakes Council and Central North Island (CNI) Iwi Collective (CNI) have made a commitment to end spraying treated wastewater in Whakarewarewa Forest by 2019 by upgrading the Wastewater Treatment Plant to handle more than 70 million litres… View Article

Making Santa Lucija – Malta’s Garden Town – Sustainable and Green

Santa Lucija’s mission to establish a green town was given a boost recently through its membership of both the Covenant of Mayors and the UN Global Cities Programme. At a recent Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, held in Brussels in November 2017,  Fredrick Cutajar, Vice-Mayor of Santa Lucija, spoke of its “Action Plan… View Article