Our planet will be home to more than 6.7 billion people by 2050. The main population growth will take place in cities, accounting for 75% of the total population. We can therefore conclude that our future will be eminently urban. In Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) things are very similar. Did you know that 90% of Latin Americans and Caribbeans will reside in urban … [Read more...] about Improving neighborhoods in Paraguay through social engagement strategies
Affordable housing is that in which citizens or families can live in security, peace and dignity. Although it is a right enshrined in Article 25 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, almost half of the population of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) still lacks access to it. How can this problem be solved? At the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), we are … [Read more...] about Six innovative alternatives to reduce the housing deficit in Latin America
As described in the previous blog posts of this series about Cities and Health, inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) goes beyond income disparity, affecting the health of its population. A recent IDB monograph documents another dimension of inequality in the region: inequality in exposure to ambient air and noise pollution. Air and noise pollution are two of … [Read more...] about Is there inequality in pollution exposure between rich and poor neighborhoods?
Although it is not one of the most popular events at the international level, World Urbanism Day (also known as World Town Planning Day) has great significance. Every November 8, the United Nations commemorates this day thanks to the initiative of the then Professor Carlos Maria Della Paolera, from the University of Buenos Aires, in 1949. This event became the starting point to … [Read more...] about Reasons to celebrate World Urbanism Day
October 31, World Cities Day Today is World Cities Day (WCD). While many people will read, or hear, about the importance of commemorating this day, few may know what exactly it is being celebrated. Let's take a look to some history. In 2013, the United Nations established the WCD with the aim of fostering cooperation among countries to address the challenges posed by … [Read more...] about IDB Mayors Forum 2022: four lessons to address climate change in cities