Environment & Urbanization

World leading environmental and urban studies journal
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Current issue: From the MDGs to the SDGs and Habitat III

In 2015, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were replaced by the Sustainable Development Goals. And the UN Conference Habitat III to be held in October 2016 is meant to agree on “the new urban agenda” through which these goals are to be met. This issue of Environment and Urbanization looks critically at whether the much-needed changes in urban policy and practice will be achieved. It includes papers on:

  • what inclusive urbanization actually means (and whether governments will act on it)
  • the rapidly expanding urban agenda but with diminishing expectations for Habitat III
  • the return to large, heavily subsidized and inappropriate mass housing
  • the high rates of return that can come from good urban policy
  • whether we need a new urban agenda for refugees/those displaced by conflict
  • whether urban centres are taken seriously in the post-2015 Agenda
  • indicators that allow cities to measure and monitor their SDG performance
  • missing the MDG targets for water and sanitation in urban areas
  • getting public and environmental health back into urban agendas

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Book notes

This book stems from Beate Ginzel’s PhD thesis on networks as modes of cooperation and action, along with their role and potential to bridge the gap between top-down strategies of the state and bottom-up initiatives of local communities. An architect by training, Ginzel used case study research between 2009 and early 2012, relating to the Tanzanian Urban Poor Federation (TUPF). TUPF is part of the transnational network Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI) and represents SDI at the continental level as a member of the East African Hub.

Although the legal framework for gender equality exists in Vietnam, gender mainstreaming in climate change planning and action have not yet been fully realized and addressed by local actors. In Da Nang, a gendered view of climate resilience building was also a new approach for the city, local authorities and vulnerable communities.

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