Also available in: Mongolian | Chinese     As we approach the 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur next week, one of the essential challenges in implementing the New Urban Agenda that governments…

Abhas Jha |

This page in: Arabic | Français | 中文 In a world divided over how to deal with such serious problems as terrorism, immigration, free trade, and climate change, governments agree on the urgency of…

Luis Triveno, Michael J. Lea |

[[tweetable]]How cultural heritage and sustainable tourism help reduce poverty[[/tweetable]]   China has seen a booming tourism industry during the last few decades, thanks to a fast-developing…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Judy Zheng Jia |

Cities in Africa are growing at unprecedented speeds. In Kenya, about 12 million of the country’s over 40 million people live in urban areas today. However, [[tweetable]]a child born in 2017 will…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Dean Cira |

  Over a billion people—about 15% of the world’s population—have disabilities. Almost 80% of them live in the developing world, which is undergoing rapid urbanization. While urbanization brings…

Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo |

Building earthquake-resistant housing in Peru. Photo: USAID/OFDA, Auriana Koutnik/Flickr When a hurricane, earthquake or other natural disaster strikes a poor country, families too often suffer a…

Luis Triveno, Niels Holm-en |

A low-income residential neighborhood in Mumbai, India. Photo: Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank As John Adams famously warned, “facts are stubborn things” that we cannot wish away. Governments in…

Luis Triveno |

Rush hour traffic in Mumbai, India. Photo: Adam Cohn/Flickr Over the next decade and a half the world will add a staggering 1.1 billion people to its towns and cities. About one half of this…

Judy Baker, Peter Ellis, Mark Roberts |

Photo: Nicolas Lannuzel/Flickr Who is the best soccer player of all time? A Google search will offer this name: Edson Arantes do Nascimento, popularly known as Pelé. Kicking off in 1958 as a 17…

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