Selected Readings


  •  30-Oct-2014

    Urban Dimension Matters

    Urbanisation is one of the defining features of the future. Over 50 percent of the global population resides in urban areas today, a share predicted to increase to 67 percent by 2050.

  •  02-Feb-2015

    City planning needs to be accountable

    We share the concern of civic groups that the inclusion of property development companies among the consultants being employed to prepare the new Detailed Area Plan (DAP) for 1,500sq-km around Dhaka city, creates an unavoidable conflict of interest.

  •  10-Feb-2015

    The global affordable housing challenge

    Low- and middle-income families around the world often struggle to find affordable housing. In cities from London to Little Rock, in countries from Kyrgyzstan to Kenya, people find themselves forced to choose between adequate shelter and necessities such as health care and education.

  •  30-Jan-2015

    Sustainable Development Goals explained

    A video for the generation shaping the world: explanation of what Sustainable Development Goals are, where they came from, and how we can help achieve them.

  •  26-Jan-2015

    Innovation, Scaling, Partnerships - UNDP launches Regional Report: ‘Achieving Development Results in Asia and the Pacific, 2013-2014’

    The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) launched its Asia-Pacific Regional Report ‘Achieving Development Results in Asia and the Pacific’, highlighting a string of successful programmes implemented in 2013 and 2014.

  •  05-Feb-2015

    eGovWatch: Our cities must get fit to get smart

    Tel Aviv won the World Smart Cities Award in November 2014 at the Smart City Expo World Congress, hosted in Barcelona, in which 250 cities competed.

  •  02-Jan-2015

    Bangladesh Water Supply and Sanitation Regulatory Commission Bill

    Bengali version of Draft “Bangladesh Water Supply and Sanitation Regulatory Commission Bill”

  •  31-Dec-2014

    দ্রব্যমূল্য ও জীবনযাত্রার ব্যয় বিষয়ক বার্ষিক প্রতিবেদন-২০১৪

    কনজুমারস এসোসিয়েশন অব বাংলাদেশ (ক্যাব)-এর সংগৃহীত ঢাকা শহরের ১৫টি বাজার ও বিভিন্ন সেবা-সার্ভিসের এর মধ্য থেকে ১১৪টি খাদ্যপণ্য, ২২টি নিত্য ব্যবহার্য সামগ্রি এবং ১৪টি সেবা সার্ভিসের তথ্য পর্যালোচনায় দেখা গেছে, সদ্য সমাপ্ত ২০১৪ সালে পণ্য মূল্য ও সেবা সার্ভিসের মূল্য বেড়েছে ৬ দশমিক ৩১ শতাংশ ও জীবনযাত্রার ব্যয় বেড়েছে ৬ দশমিক ৮২ শতাংশ।

  •  01-Oct-2014

    Our Voice Our Power: Empowering Women through Community Media in Bangladesh

    Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) represents the community electronic media [Community Radio | Community TV | Community Film] sector to Government, Industry, Regulatory Bodies, Media, Academia and Development Partners from 2000. BNNRC is in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations since 2010 & accredited with UN World Summit on the Information Society.

  •  31-Oct-2014

    নাগরিক বৈষম্য দূর করার তাগিদ: সমতাভিত্তিক নগর ও সামাজিক সম্প্রীতি নিয়ে গোলটেবিল বৈঠক

    নগরের শিক্ষা, স্বাক্ষ্য, পয়োনিষ্কাশন, পরিবহনব্যবস্থা, পরিবেশসহ বিভিন্ন ক্ষেত্রে উচ্চবিত্ত, মধ্যবিত্ত ও নিম্নবিত্তের মধ্যে নাগরিক বৈষম্য দূর করতে হবে। কমাতে হবে নিম্নবিত্তের প্রতি আচরণবৈষম্যও। থাকতে হবে আইনি সুরক্ষা। এ জন্য সবার আগে প্রয়োজন রাজনৈতিক অঙ্গীকার ও নেতৃত্ব।

  •  01-Dec-2014

    The Cities Report

    On World AIDS Day, UNAIDS released a report on HIV in cities which outlines the important role urban areas will play in ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. Access The Cities Report here:

  •  08-Dec-2014

    Building the smart city by plugging transport in to its urban environment

    The leading cities in the deployment of smart cities solutions across the world have announced ambitious objectives to increase their energy efficiency and correspondingly decrease their CO2 emissions to attempt to contain climate change.

  •  07-Dec-2014

    Risky Lives

    Successful businessmen, famous leaders, great thinkers, they all seem to have one thing in common: they pride themselves on what they have risked in life. To quote Mark Zuckerberg, chairman of Facebook: “the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks”1.

  •  05-Dec-2014

    World Economic Situation and Prospects 2015

    The global economy continued to expand at only a moderate estimated pace of 2.6 per cent in 2014.

  •  05-Dec-2014

    South Asia’s Quest For More Livable Cities

    Combining new technologies with better policies can help find sustainable transport solutions that offer South Asian urban populations better mobility without compromising air quality.

  •  23-Nov-2014

    World Is Locked into ~1.5°C Warming & Risks Are Rising, New Climate Report Finds

    In the Andes of South America and across the mountains of Central Asia, the glaciers are receding. As temperatures continue to warm, their melting will bring more water to farms and cities earlier in the growing season, raising the risks of damaging floods.

  •  12-Dec-2014

    'Urban Xchange: Crossing Over,' A New Festival in Penang, Malaysia

    Urban Exchange: Crossing Over 2014 is a brand new street art festival in George Town, Penang in Malaysia. In November they hosted 16 artists to paint walls throughout this city of two and a half million on the Strait of Malacca.

  •  12-Dec-2014

    Urban gardens help revitalize Portland

    On a long blighted block of Portland Avenue, residents who garden together are fast transforming their western Louisville neighborhood.