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Remarkable Women in Transport 2020

TUMI Management GIZ (2020) The transport sector is still highly dominated by male decision-makers. Gender equality is rarely addressed. As a result, the opportunities for men and women to use public transport remain unequal. To raise awareness for the issue and empower women in becoming active decision-makers in terms of urban policies, the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative invited 50 women engaged in civil services, municipal institutions and international organisations to share their experiences and develop sustainable solutions for reaching equal opportunities in the transport sector. This publication summarizes their perspectives.

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The Value of Official Statistics: Lessons from Intergovernmental Transfers

Inter-American Development Bank (September 2019) Lack of accurate statistical information can be quite costly. These expenses are often hidden or neglected. IADB’s study attempts to captures these costs in the context of intergovernmental transfers from the national to the subnational level for three South American countries. The results of the study reveal that incorrect assumptions concerning municipality size have resulted in the misallocation of governmental budgets. Therefore, more precise population estimates are needed. The study concludes by recommending that the quality of projections in terms of accuracy is increased and that a census is conducted every ten years, in accordance with national standards.

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Promoting Innovative Financing Solutions for Cities

IUC and European Union (2020) Both cities and municipalities are highly affected by rapid urbanisation. In order to better address these urban challenges and account for ecological and economic transformation as well as local circumstances alternative financial instruments need to be developed. In January 2020 the International Urban Cooperation (IUC) organised a webinar on appropriate financing mechanisms. This publication presents the proposed financing tools. Moreover, it showcases examples from Indonesia, Sweden and India.

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SDG Learning Module 3: Reporting to National and Local Reviews

UCLG (2019) UCLG’s third SDG Localisation Learning Module focuses on the role of Local and Regional Governments Associations (LRGAs) in relation to reporting on the SDGs. It explains how LRGAs collect local data and perspectives on the SDGs, how they actively participate in the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) process and how they proceed in drafting their VNRs step-by-strep. To enhance comprehensiveness concrete exercises and examples are included. The proposed approach has been tested during a Training of Trainers event in Ouagadougou and has been presented at the High-Level Political Forum in July 2019 in New York by UCLG’s Global Taskforce.

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Evaluation to Connect National Priorities with the SDGs

IIED (2020) This publication presents IIED’s toolkit to evaluate and monitor the local implementation of the SDGs. The toolkit considers both the national context and the underpinned principles of the 2030 Agenda. With evidence from Nigeria and Costa Rica, it summarizes the major steps required for scoping, designing and realising SDG evaluations. The toolkit was launched by IIED to propose a specific methodology for national monitoring and evaluation systems in terms of measuring SDG progress.

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New Fact Sheets from Across Europe Share Best Practice Knowledge on Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning

ICLEI (2019) In collaboration with many different partners around Europe, ICLEI has been actively promoting the issue of Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP). This publication draws on a range of experiences, including examples from the city of Malmö in Sweden to Thessaloniki in Greece, to propose new solutions for SUMP such as Clean Air Zones, forecasting travel models, interactive maps for cycling and walking or new road space allocation policies. The presented best-practice examples aim to encourage more regions across Europe to implement and improve SUMP initiatives.

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SDG Learning Module 2: Territorial Planning to Achieve the SDGs

UCLG (2019) Based on UCLG’s Training for Trainers to localise the SDGs approach, this learning module aims to integrate the SDG principles into local development planning processes. It proposes an active learning format for knowledge sharing workshops and sets forth interactive exercises that allow trainers to include their own creative ideas. The workshop format has been tried and tested by three cities, including Mindelo (Cape Verde), Lleida (Spain) and Madrid.

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Global Gender Gap Report 2020

World Economic Forum (2019) Taking into account that the effectiveness of many policies can be enhanced by respecting and implementing gender-sensitive approaches, gender parity has been included as a core principle in most of the international agendas for sustainable development. But as cultural and socio-economic conditions differ between countries, so does the progress of gender-sensitive policies. The Global Gender Gap Report 2020 provides a detailed overview of the state of play in different countries and highlights how addressing gender gaps today can affect professions in future.

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Sustainable Development Report: Blockchain, Web3 & the SDGs

Developed by cryptoeconomics and sustainability researchers of the Vienna University of Business and Economics, this report explores the potential of blockchain networks as a backbone of the Web3 and the cryptoeconomic mechanisms that enable them for SDG implementation. Following the consideration of blockchain networks and their applications, the study provides insights on relevant sustainability issues, potential use-cases and relevant stakeholders. The report concludes by identifying SDG 7 (affordable andclean energy) and SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production) as the most promising cases for the successful application of blockchain in the context of SDG realisation.

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Smart Cities Study 2019

UCLG (2019) What characterises a smart city? How can smart cities be designed and set-up? How does Smart Governance work? UCLG’s Community of Practice on Digital Cities third edition of the Smart Cities Study identifies both open government as well as the advancement of strategic management as key factors in the transformation of smart cities. Overall the insights from 24 cities are used to provide concrete recommendations on how to improve Smart Governance by cities, both in the field of open government, and in advanced strategic management.

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