Category: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Cost of renewables fell in 2016, lowering global investment in clean energy – UN

A wind mill at the Parque Eólico Camilo Ortega Saavedra wind farm in the Department of Rivas, Nicaragua. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The world added record levels of renewable energy capacity in 2016, even as investment in clean energy fell, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today reported. “Ever-cheaper clean tech provides a real opportunity for investors to get more for less,” said UNEP executive Director Erik Solheim. “This is exactly the kind of situation, where the […]

Renewable energy sources could be cheaper than fossil fuels within 10 years – UN-backed report

Sustainable energy. Photo: World Bank/Dana Smillie

A new United Nations-backed report has revealed overwhelming consensus that renewable power will dominate in the future, with many experts saying that even large international corporations are increasingly choosing renewable energy products either from utilities or through direct investment in their own generating capacity. “[The report] is meant to spur discussion and debate about both […]

UN report explores ways urbanization can be a catalyst for rural development

Rural produce can boost urban nutrition. Fruit vendors unloading pumpkins at the market in Maradi, Niger. Photo: FAO/Giulio Napolitano

One way to encourage mutually beneficial developments for urban and rural areas alike is to develop value chains and food systems more efficient and inclusive, a United Nations-backed report examining the ‘quiet revolution’ towards sustainable urbanization has found. Meeting the rising urban demand for food can increase the incomes of the rural poor, most of […]

UN announces interagency group to coordinate global fight against antimicrobial resistance

Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed (left) briefs journalists on antimicrobial resistance. She was joined at the briefing by Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). UN Photo/Mark Garten

The United Nations today announced the establishment of an Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance, which will be co-chaired by Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan. “As we enter the era of sustainable development, I would like to emphasize that antimicrobial resistance really does pose a formidable threat […]

At first ‘playable’ UN conference, tech experts, gamers drive new thinking on global development

03-03-2017GlobalIdeas

Hands-free gardening for a greener future, video gamers using their skills to help achieve the United Nations-led Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – these were just a few of the innovative and forward-looking ideas in the spotlight at the world body’s first ever ‘playable’ policy conference, held in the German city of Bonn. The Global Festival […]