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IOT 4 SDGs - What Can the Digital Transformation and IoT Achieve for Agenda 2030?

CEPS (2020) The report “IoT 4 SDGs” explores how the Internet of Things (IoT) Technology may be able to contribute to SDG implementation. The report carves out key features and evolutions of the IoT and illustrates how the IoT is applied in sectors such as manufacturing, healthcare, energy and smart cities up to date. Based on the technology’s potential to increase efficiency and safe costs in terms of SDG realisation, in particular in the areas of poverty reduction and environmental protection, the report discusses policy measures that could be adopted in the European Union to strengthen the potential of the IoT for sustainability, in light of the European Green Deal and the upcoming 2021-2027 financial framework.

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Statement from United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) to the UN Commission on the Status of Women 64 (CSW64) on Beijing+25

UCLG Women (2020) Although great advancements have been made in the area of gender equality, many regions are still in need of improvement. Therefore, UCLG advocates for the inclusion of local governments to transform discriminatory perceptions and customs locally. In its statement UCLG draws attention to issues such as gender-based violence, economic rights, bodily autonomy, among others, and carves out how local governments can make a difference in this context.

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Metropolitan Governance: A Gender Mainstreaming Perspective

Metropolis (2020) The Gender Keys collection identifies areas of metropolitan governance that are characterisedby non-inclusive and gender-unequal policies. Based on the analysis recommendations are developed to support the plurality of views and lifestyles, women’s access to governance structures and decision-making and the gender-responsiveness of public spaces. As Mrs. Silvia Llorente, Project Officer of Metropolis Women summarises: “The fewer opportunities women and girls have to access education and decent work, the less likely it is that any governance structure, at any level, becomes more diverse and inclusive”. The Gender Keys collection thus serves as guidance for cities interested in advancing gender-equality.

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The Hidden Wealth of Cities: Creating Financing, and Managing Public Spaces

World Bank Group (2020) Broad avenues lined with old trees, enchanted parks characterised by sunny and shady spots, large public squares brought to life by people exchanging pleasantries in small coffee shops, children playing in water fountains during hot summers – in short: Public places are where people bring cities to life. In its new publication “The Hidden Wealth of Cities”, the World Bank identifies a number of creative and innovative strategies for cities to better plan, finance and manage both government-owned and privately-owned public spaces and to unlock their potential for sustainable urban development.

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Transport and Gender: Your Knowledge Package

GIZ (2020) Inclusion, safety, accessibility or employment opportunities in the transport sector - for many women worldwide, these issues represent a daily challenge. Their opportunities concerning mobility are not the same as men’s. In response GIZ’s Transforming Urban Mobility Initiative has designed five posters to give an overview of the greatest challenges experienced by women in terms of mobility and to invite others to think about solutions concerning these obstacles.

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Urban Transformation and the Politics of Shelter: Understanding Nairobi's Housing Markets

IIED (2020) Informal settlements are among one of the most problematic issues faced by rapidly growing cities and are often characterised by lack of access to nearby transport, sanitary facilities, electricity and unsafe buildings. In order to better understand the dynamics of these ever-growing settlements, researchers of the International Institute of Environment and Development have dedicated a two-year research project toward the question why and how city dwellers make certain shelter choices. Their insights can be used to advance steps taken by municipal governments concerning the provision of adequate accommodation and basic services to inhabitants of informal settlements.

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Integrating Urban Natural Assets into City Planning and Decision-Making in African Cities: A New Handbook Series

ICLEI (2020) Recognising the need of adapting urban planning endeavours to local requirements, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability has recently published a series of 12 handbooks that provide evidence on effective inclusion of natural assets in city development. The recommendations focus on the conditions in Sub-Saharan cities. Concentrating on both adapting good practices to the local context and aligning them with international goals such as the international biodiversity targets and the 2030 Agenda, the handbooks are conceptualised to facilitate a mind-set shift for designing sustainable urban futures. Ideally, the concepts can be transferred beyond natural asset management such as low carbon production or e-mobility. The underlying methodology is based on a bottom-up approach considering more the process rather than the outcome of the projects.

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Podcast “Cities vs. COVID-19”

Urban Flag (2020) Besides presenting cities with a great number of additional challenges, the COVID-19 crisis has demonstrated that an exchange of best practices across borders between the various stakeholders of the urban landscape is possible. With their podcast Urban Flag unites representatives from Milan’s local administration, the OECD or the CITTASLOW organisation, amongst others, to discuss what long-term sustainable solutions that last beyond the crisis could look like. The podcast series also features other communal issues such as gender equality and urban sustainability.

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Dealing with COVID-19 in the Towns and Cities of the Global South

IIED (2020) In this blog piece Diana Mitlin, researcher at IIED’s human settlement department, explores how the responses to tackle COVID-19 outbreaks in informal settlements can be mitigated. She outlines how local community networks can be involved, which groups are amongst the most fragile and which risks these groups are confronted with such as such as low economic savings and poor healthcare. With her special focus on governance and the social contract, she concludes that the virus outbreak has carved out how fragile the living conditions of marginalised communities from informal settlements actually are and that including them in municipal policy making is long overdue – independent from the global health crisis.

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Rethinking Housing Policies

UCLG (2020) Local governments are the principal stakeholders involved in developing appropriate housing policies for their citizens. In this report, UCLG conveys what structures, capacities and partnerships local and regional governments (LRGs) can use to further develop housing policies and how to advance innovations in terms of funding and realising housing projects. A special focus is placed on alternative approaches to represent and support citizens affected by poor quality housing. In an attempt to learn from others, UCLG also analyses how higher levels of government, the private sector and civil society organisations are involved in developing housing policies and how their involvement can be of further use.

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