Rapidly growing cities are finding it increasingly difficult to provide their residents with core services, like housing, water, energy and transportation — a challenge that is exacerbated as the share of poor people living in urban areas grows. New research from the World Resources Institute finds that in most cities in the Global South, more than 70 percent of residents lack reliable access to basic services like livable, well-located housing; clean water; sustainable energy; and accessible and affordable transportation. The World Resources Report: Towards a More Equal City examines whether prioritizing access to core urban services will create cities that are prosperous and sustainable for all people.
The World Resources Report (WRR) examines if prioritizing access to core urban services, we can create cities that are prosperous and sustainable for all people. This first installment of the WRR developed a new categorization of cities into emerging, struggling, thriving, and stabilizing cities. It focuses on solutions for struggling and emerging cities—over half the cities included in the analysis—because they have the greatest opportunity to alter their development trajectory.
Making transport sustainable for all city residents is a prominent part of the New Urban Agenda, the outcome document of the Habitat III conference. Making that vision a reality presents challenges to city leaders who struggle to address the immediate need to move people from homes to jobs with limited resources.
A good home gives families a base to build the foundations of society, but in urbanizing areas, good housing can be difficult to find. People like Jussara and her family in Porte Alegre, Brazil, face a trio of critical challenges to locating affordable housing that apply in many growing cities worldwide.
World Resources Institute will host a press call Tuesday, October 11 at 11:00 am EDT as urban leaders from around the world prepare to meet in Quito, Ecuador, to set the global agenda for the future of cities.
Once every 20 years, the world's urban leaders gather to determine the best course of action for the world's cities. This year, at Habitat III, the 21st century challenges for cities are clear. WRI's World Resources Report examines whether providing equitable access to services can make cities more economically productive and environmentally sustainable.
WRI is engaging in Habitat III -- the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in Quito, Ecuador, October 17-20 -- to help create the sustainable, equitable, prosperous cities of the future. Ani Dasgupta, Global Director of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, answers key questions to explain what's at stake.
Hundreds of cities are starting to get serious about curbing climate change. Fast-growing Chengdu, China, is putting evidence-based low-carbon planning into action.
Tackling inequality in the world's cities can be a crucial way to foster urban development, improve the environment and spur the economy.
An opportunity for the global community to come together to set the agenda for sustainable, equitable and prosperous cities of the future
New research from the International Energy Agency shows that cities represent 70 percent of the cost-effective emissions-reduction opportunities between now and 2050. Director for Sustainability Kamel Ben Naceur shared this and other findings at a recent WRI event.
About one billion people live in slums or informal settlements. Thailand's Bann Mankong program, which improved the living conditions of more than 90,000 households at a cost of just $570 per family, offers lessons on solutions.
The Coalition for Urban Transitions is one of the first international initiatives to examine the economics of sustainable cities. The Coalition will put urban infrastructure investment where it belongs—at the heart of national economic development planning.
Trees improve city dwellers' quality of life by reducing smog, preventing erosion, supporting wildlife and sheltering buildings from heat and cold. On International Day of Forests, Sarah Weber looks at how Tokyo, Belfast and Washington, D.C. have integrated trees into their urban landscapes.
How can rickshaws, which account for 20 percent of motorized trips in some Indian cities, be made to work more reliably? There's an app for that.
High rates of motorization and urbanization, particularly in developing countries, underpin strong growth in the transport sector. Burgeoning demand has made transport the world’s fastest-growing source of carbon emissions.
Guide for urban planners and policymakers details specific design elements with examples from Tokyo, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Istanbul, New York City, Paris and more
Many of the world’s cities can become safer, healthier places by changing the design of their streets and communities.
Twenty-three percent of the food available in sub-Saharan Africa is lost or wasted. At the same time, one in every four people is undernourished.
Red tile roofs, a backyard barbecue, and a French chateau-style clubhouse. This may sound like Orange County, California, the famed suburb known for its beaches and McMansions, but this scene is actually from Orange County, Beijing.