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Narrowing the Data Gap to Achieve the New Urban Agenda

IIED (February 2020) Together with the United Nations Environment Programme, IIED has analysed the current state of monitoring tools available to cities to estimate the progress of the New Urban Agenda’s implementation. Based on their conclusion that the availability and quality of data needs to be improved, they suggest the development of innovative partnerships and creative data collection methods to fill the gaps. Their key conclusions and recommendations are summarized in this brief.

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Handbook for Gender-Inclusive Urban Planning and Design

IIED (February 2020) Together with the United Nations Environment Programme, IIED has analysed the current state of monitoring tools available to cities to estimate the progress of the New Urban Agenda’s implementation. Based on their conclusion that the availability and quality of data needs to be improved, they suggest the development of innovative partnerships and creative data collection methods to fill the gaps. Their key conclusions and recommendations are summarized in this brief.

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Asia and the Pacific SDG Progress Report 2020

United Nations ESCAP (2020) What are the obstacles that inhibit SDG attainment? What are appropriate strategies to overcome these obstacles? What type of data is suited to monitoring progress and who are the stakeholders that need to be involved? UN ESCAP’s new report provides answers to these and many other relevant questions in this context. It takes stock of the actions undertaken in the Asia-Pacific region toward SDG implementation and to stimulate further engagement geared toward progressing the 17 SDG goals. The objective of the report is to provide stakeholders who are active in the field of sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda with a guiding framework for their actions.

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Donor Support to Peace Processes: A Lesson for Peace Literature Review

ODI (2020) The frequency of global crises and thus the demand for clear strategies and approaches from donor countries to address these conflicts is on the rise. Hence, a profound revision of peace-keeping activities is crucial to improve disaster response in future. Based on the existing literature on peace processes, ODI has extracted three key lessons for the provisions of donor support to peace processes, namely (1) the need to pay close attention to the multipolarity of interests among local actors, (2) the necessity to involve all involved stakeholders to ensure the development of inclusive, flexible and feasible solutions and (3) the relevance of providing financial and personal assistance to guarantee the implementation of agreements from peace accords.

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Circular City Funding Guide

Circular City Funding Guide (2020) by European Union Understanding cities as condensed spaces characterised by interconnectivity and circularity is important to improve urban development. Climate change demands that society moves toward circular economic processes that make use of renewable materials and reduce emissions. Social developments such as migratory flows and ageing societies require social capacity development to become more participative and inclusive. The Platform the “Circular City Funding Guide” invites both fund-seekers and funders of urban areas to create such circular concepts by working together and provides information and support on the funding of circular projects and activities in an urban context.

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Key Considerations: COVID-19 in Informal Urban Settlements

Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform (2020) The combination of population density, limited infrastructure and lack of access to basic services turns informal settlements into particularly vulnerable targets for the COVID-19 pandemic. This brief prepared by the Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform identifies known vulnerabilities and sheds light on key considerations to be taken into account by local stakeholders to protect informal urban settlements from the spread and impacts of the disease.

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City Resilience Stories Webinar Series - COVID-19: Coping, Learning & Building Urban Resilience

ICLEI (2020) The ICLEI Resilient Development Program has launched a new webinar series featuring cities and their stories concerning the development and implementation of resilience and adaptation measures at the local level. During the first webinar at the beginning of April, David Jácome Polit and Piero Pelizzaro, Chief Resilience Officers from Quito and Milan, shared their cities’ experiences with coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. Special attention was paid to issues related to disaster response, distribution of aid, vulnerable populations, multi-level governance, and jurisdiction competencies in the context of the sanitary crisis. A recording of the session can be found on Youtube (https://bit.ly/3bfEOPW). The upcoming sessions will be announced on ICLEI’s homepage in due time.

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The Response of African Local Governments to the COVID-19 Pandemic (in French)

While a large part of the world's population has been confined in recent weeks, the measures adopted as a matter of urgency have highlighted the fundamental role of local governments in the fight against #COVID19. In the framework of the Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa, this report, produced by GIZ, presents a number of measures taken by African cities to deal with the Covid19 pandemic. It is mainly addressed to French-speaking local actors in the region and aims to share some initiatives and good practices with African and international actors interested in the issue of local management of the Coronavirus. The report is in French.

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Subnational Governments and the 2030 Agenda: Strengthening Policy Effectiveness and Legitimacy with the Localisation of the Sustainable Development Goals

Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI) (2019) In its study on subnational governments and the 2030 Agenda, the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) explores the issue of “Governance through Goals” that underpins the concept of the SDGs and is legally not binding in nature. The question of how consistent policy support and the local implementation of the SDGs can thus be guaranteed is at the heart of the study. According to IBEI the inclusion of stakeholder’s preferences, the accountability of local authorities to citizens and the sensitivity of policies to territorial economic, social and political circumstances are crucial for successful SDG implementation. Both the design of the SDGs as well as their potential for localisation are touched upon in detail in the report.

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