Habitat III is an opportunity to pave the way for culturally and contextually sensitive solutions to the challenges of rapid urbanisation in small island developing states.
Building “resilience” is a common development goal, but the concept’s varied interpretation presents many challenges when moving from notion to political discourse and sound policy.
An emerging rural-urban disparity in carbon emissions demonstrates how equal access to resources should form the bedrock of future urbanisation and climate governance.
Among the many impacts of global climate change, urban heat stress itself is underestimated as a major challenge to health and sustainability. We need a clarion call to action if we are to beat the heat ahead.
With the world’s attention fixed on migration, it is vital that Habitat III and the New Urban Agenda usher in a new narrative on urban development that centres on promoting migrants’ inclusion in cities.
Outcomes from the recent UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants and the US-hosted Leaders’ Summit on the Global Refugee Crisis are encouraging indicators that governments are developing a more unified approach to addressing large movements of migrants and refugees.
Does migration cause development or vice versa? There is often a misunderstanding — or even a wilful ignorance — about the linkages between the two.
UNU Junior Fellow Bavo Stevens looks at some of the prevailing models of migration governance and the challenges presented by fragmented migration policy perspectives among nations, regions and global forums.
In the lead-up to the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, UNU Junior Fellow Bavo Stevens discusses the developments surrounding the summit’s framework of proposed commitments for protecting migrants and refugees, and stakeholder responses to the outcomes of this process.
In a climate of soaring Islamophobia, Muslim women living in Western countries face perhaps the greatest challenges due to multiple layers of discrimination rooted in religion, appearance, gender equality and migration.
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.