Local, national and international leaders have come together this week in Nairobi, Kenya at Habitat III’s second Preparatory Committee. They’ll set priorities for urban development that will shape city actions for decades to come.
Global infrastructure challenges present opportunities to improve our cities. To ensure that these investments result in communities that are productive, livable and sustainable, we must change how we build, manage, and use our cities.
Reducing traffic congestion is typically a responsibility that lies with local governments, transport agencies and other public sector actors. A pilot program in Sao Paulo, South America's most congested city, proves that it's also in companies' best interests to support carpools and public transit.
Rio de Janeiro has long been known for its traffic congestion and lack of affordable, accessible public transit. Now, in celebration of its 450th anniversary and as the host city of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, city leaders are beginning to transform Rio's image into one of a sustainable mobility leader.
India's railways are the country's largest consumer of electricity and diesel fuel. A plan to deploy one gigawatt of solar photovoltaic installations on railways could reduce the sector's environmental impact while generating economic opportunities.
Mexico City will invest $150 million in energy-efficient buses, public bike-sharing and car-free days-one of the largest sustainable mobility investments in the city's history. It's a significant step forward in orienting Mexico City around people, not cars.
By 2050, cities will add more than 2.5 billion people and global car ownership is projected to nearly double. By focusing on what makes us drive in the first place, transport demand management (TDM) can improve mobility and quality of life in a rapidly urbanizing world.
International Women’s Day is on March 8, 2015, and this year’s theme is “Make It Happen.” Here are four women leaders working to improve city life by improving access to transport and jobs, making public spaces safer, improving environmental quality, or turning up the volume of their voices by increasing representation in government.