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Is the Tesla Model 3 Our Ride to a Sustainable Future?
Is the Tesla Model 3 Our Ride to a Sustainable Future?
This past weekend, Elon Musk shared the first images of a production Tesla Model 3—the much-anticipated new electric vehicle that had hundreds of thousands of people lining up last year to place preorders. It was the latest in a series of ...
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Paris, France hosted the International Conference on National Urban Policies this month. Photo by Metro Centric / Flickr
With National Urban Policies, the Process Is the Goal
An expanding body of research shows that cities are truly the nexus of the global agenda. But as cities have been recognized as key to a host of global aims, it has become increasingly complex to parse through priorities, processes ...
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Quito, Ecuador, site of Habitat III. Photo by Cristian Ibarra Santillan / Flickr
Habitat III: Milestone for the World’s Cities or Business as Usual?
Two weeks ago, 30,000 people gathered in Quito, Ecuador, for Habitat III, the once-every-20-years UN conference on housing and sustainable urban development. At the conference, 167 country representatives adopted a non-binding but influential vision for cities of the future known as the ...
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Quito, Ecuador, site of Habitat III. Photo by Cristian Ibarra Santillan / Flickr
Habitat III Introduces the New Urban Agenda to the World. Then What?
Next week’s Habitat III conference will see more than 45,000 leaders, decision makers and urban experts sign into force the New Urban Agenda(NUA) – the outcome declaration of the global UN summit – and set a course for 20 years of urban transformation. ...
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Quito, Ecuador will host Habitat III in October. Photo by Claudio Alvarado Solari / Flickr
History in the Making: Habitat III Negotiators Release Final Draft of the New Urban Agenda
Last week, the final draft of the New Urban Agenda (NUA)—the document at the center of Habitat III in Quito next month—was released. After an unexpected stalemate at the Preparatory Committee in Surabaya in July, Habitat III negotiators convened this ...
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City Buses in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo by World Resources Institute / Flickr
The Big Gap in Habitat III: Making the New Urban Agenda Actionable
On July 25, over 4,000 participants and negotiators from 142 countries came together for Habitat III’s Preparatory Committee Meeting in Surabaya, Indonesia. The purpose of the meeting was to finalize the New Urban Agenda (NUA)—a vision for the cities of ...
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