As the precursor to Tokyo, Edo was also the world’s largest city three centuries ago. When facing ecological collapse, Edo developed a culture and practices that supported sustainable living — lessons that could guide urban development in decades to come.
The number of people displaced from their homes due to conflict and persecution last year exceeded 60 million for the first time in United Nations history, says a new report released on World Refugee Day today.
Habitat III can play a key role in facilitating the democratic participation of citizens that are demanding to be centre stage in developing public urban policy.
In the journal Foreign Policy, Norris calls the World Humanitarian Summit a “train wreck”. UNU-GCM researcher Valeria Bello offers a different perspective, addressing the three reasons that Norris considers the Summit process to have “gone so wrong”.
While socio-economic and gender inequalities are at the core of the transnational “marriage industry”, migration policy can be informed by how the commodification of marriage is understood and experienced by the women involved, and how the typical lines between freedom and coercion, and empowerment and subjugation are increasingly blurred.
With the launch of the new migration report “In Safety and Dignity”, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discusses recommendations for collective action to address the challenges of responding to large movements of refugees and migrants.
UNU research in Kiribati, Tuvalu and Nauru highlights the intersection of climate change and migration in Pacific Island states and the importance of gendered perspectives when developing related policies.
As citizens flee growing violence in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, it is critical for Mexico to improve programmes and policies that protect Northern Triangle migrants, particularly migrant women who are more at risk of abuse, kidnapping and violence.
As Mexico puts into place new policies to address increased migration from the Northern Triangle, it is vital that policymakers take into account the rights and needs of migrant women traveling to and working in Mexico.
EU institutions must strengthen partnerships with civil society actors in order to live up to their humanitarian responsibility and commitment to shaping open societies that give all migrants and refugees opportunities and lives of dignity.
To mark the fifth anniversary of Japan’s 2011 triple disaster, the Guardian interviewed six people whose courage and determination demonstrate and inspire the Tohoku region’s recovery.
The recently adopted Sendai Framework, while falling short of expectations on many fronts, took some important steps towards integrating lessons from the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Experiences from Fukushima show that providing channels for public participation and dialogue is a crucial first step towards ensuring a sustainable recovery for communities impacted by complex disasters.
Knowing how key resilience is following a disaster, small-scale fishers of Japan’s Tohoku region offer support to Chile’s artisanal fishers impacted by a recent tsunami.
Documentary filmmaker Kaori Brand reflects on the experience of producing this 30-minute video on the recovery efforts of the fishing communities hit by the March 2011 tsunami.
The Ministry of the Environment of Japan and UNU collaborate to produce a video documentary about the decontamination efforts in areas affected by radiation from the Fukushima nuclear accident.
The resilience demonstrated by communities in Japan’s Tohoku region may be one of the best modern-day lessons on what the rest of the world can do to prepare for disasters and the consequences of climate change.
Author Charles Eisenstein argues that even the most modest challenges to debt legitimacy have revolutionary implications if they help to prompt a common recognition that money is a sociopolitical construct and not an immutable feature of reality to which we can but adapt.
Eighteen years after attending the Kyoto Protocol negotiations, Brendan Barrett took part in last weekend’s People’s Climate March. Here he reflects on what’s ahead as regular people are foisted to the front lines of what author Jeremy Leggett calls “The Carbon Wars”.
A new open-access book provides a comprehensive assessment of growth and poverty on the African sub-continent, demonstrating that agricultural productivity is a powerful lever for achieving poverty reduction.
UNU researchers discuss two global conservation initiatives that have sprung from differing backgrounds of agriculture and biodiversity to promote and better understand the importance of harmonious human-nature relationships.
Japan’s experiences with disaster preparedness and recovery demonstrate that effective land use planning requires a blend of new scientific information, historical data and traditional knowledge, particularly in risk analysis, disaster management and reconstruction.
UNU research examining the experiences of foreign African women in South Africa in relation to South Africans challenges assumptions and beliefs centred on the notion of unity based on gender, racial, religious or continental categories.