Urban development no threat to rural areas: in support of national urban policy frameworks

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Overlooking the city of Medellín, Colombia, host of the WUF 7.

“Urban policy made by the national government can create some problems for cities,” began Mussa Natty, the Municipal Director of Kinondoni, the largest municipality of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Providing the local perspective in our panel discussion on Regenerative Cities and Communities at UN-Habitat’s World Urban Forum last week, Mussa was referring to the disconnect that, in the absence of multi-level dialogue, can occur between policymaking by national governments and implementation by local governments. [Read more →]

April 16, 2014   No Comments

European politicians across party lines call for long-term 100% target for renewable energy

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Fiona Hall, MEP and Member of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe: “Europe must scale up its renewables share to ensure economic prosperity, industrial competitiveness and democratic stability.”

A group of 50 European policy makers across party lines has called upon the European Commission to drastically increase the targets for renewable energy in the context of this week’s decision to set climate and energy targets for 2030. Current and former Members of Parliament (MEP) and politicians from 15 EU member states today concluded in Brussels that “self-interested actions and a lack of cooperation put Europe’s resilience, its society, economy and climate at risk. Only ambitious targets for renewable energy can sustain Europe’s economy and ultimately lead to an energy sector powered entirely by renewable energy.” [Read more →]

March 20, 2014   No Comments

Future of Cities Forum 2013

The World Future Council’s two-day Future of Cities Forum on regenerative urban development has just concluded. A huge thank you to everyone who contributed their time, energy, knowledge and experience to make this a spectacular meeting of the minds! Countless pertinent issues were discussed among the expert participants. Here is a tiny snapshot:

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September 8, 2013   No Comments