There is no better way to mark this year’s World Cities Day than reflecting on the adoption of the New Urban Agenda at the recent Habitat III conference in Quito. The agenda reaffirms the…

Sameh Wahba, Sarah Xinyuan Lin |

[[tweetable]]Cities around the world face increasingly complex challenges such as rapid urbanization and climate change.[[/tweetable]] Meanwhile, many cities facing the most pressing problems lack…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, George W. McCarthy |

By 2030, without efforts to boost urban resilience, climate change may push up to 77 million urban residents into poverty.   The good news is that the world has a brief window of opportunity to…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Joe Leitmann |

Cities are home to more than half of the world’s population, consume two-thirds of the world’s energy, and produce 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions. And this trend will only continue: by…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Sameh Wahba |

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 |

About this series More blog posts A few months ago, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Ecuador claimed hundreds of lives, left almost 28, 000 people injured, and caused $1 to 3 billion worth of damage…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Thomas Moullier |

The Park of La Merced, in Caraquez Bay, Ecuador, become a temporary shelter for dozens of families who have lost their homes. Photo: Paul Salazar / World Bank From the moment the earthquake…

Indu John-Abraham |