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
Before COVID-19 came into our lives, no one could have imagined that for many of us, the world would be largely reduced to the four walls of our home for almost two years. Lockdown underscored just how important our homes are for our quality of life and the urgent need to guarantee access to housing for all, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), where there is an … [Read more...] about Why should the private sector get involved in the development of green housing?
Did you know that the wood industry is one of the most prosperous sectors worldwide? In fact, the forestry sector directly employs more than 18.21 million people globally and contributes more than 540 billion dollars to world GDP. This sector, when properly regulated to prevent illegal deforestation, is vital for the environment, since the nurture and management of healthy … [Read more...] about How does Uruguay promote wood as a housing construction material?
Walking through the park with leafy trees is one of the most pleasant sensations someone can enjoy when wandering around a city. Behind this feeling of well-being, there is not just perception but also science. It is proven that green spaces generate multiple benefits that improve our overall wellbeing. On the celebration of World Tree Day (established in 1969 by … [Read more...] about Six reasons to nurture urban parks
Wood has been one of the most used building materials since the beginning of history. Although the use of steel, concrete or iron has brought significant advances to construction, wood has never lost its popularity. In fact, the number of wooden buildings around the world may surprise many readers. Did you know that countries such as Japan, Scotland or the United States are … [Read more...] about Wood as a housing construction material: what are its benefits?