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 exactly what it celebrates. Let's delve into some history. In 2013, the United Nations established WCD with the aim of fostering cooperation among countries to address the challenges posed by urbanism and contribute to … [Read more...] about IDB Mayors Forum 2022: four lessons to address climate change in cities
In Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), the housing demand is greater than the supply of decent housing. This is what is known as housing deficit. This deficit can be both quantitative and qualitative. The former measures the need of households for new housing. The qualitative deficit, on the other hand, is made up of housing units in poor condition and/or those that need … [Read more...] about How to reduce the housing deficit in Latin America and the Caribbean with inclusive and resilient solutions?
Cities at the crossroads of economic growth Cities are the economic engine of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), generating more than 75% of the regional GDP. Their prosperity and growth lead to that of the entire region. For this reason, the economic recovery of metropolitan areas after the COVID-19 pandemic must be rapid, long-lasting, socially inclusive, and … [Read more...] about How will cities thrive? The strategic role of Local Economic Development Agencies
Citizens, despite we may not be aware, generate enormous amounts of data every minute. Our cell phones and computers, traffic sensors, or video surveillance cameras are continuously producing and storing information. If municipal administrations would process, analyze, and use this data correctly, many of the common challenges in our cities, such as traffic jams, pollution … [Read more...] about How to develop public policies based on evidence? BIG DATA for sustainable urban development
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