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12 July 2013
Research

A new book by the Growth Dialogue examines how five cities, Curitiba, Helsinki, Penang, Ulsan and Yokohama, have managed to achieve both economic growth and sustainability. The book, "Five Cities Going Green", explores what can be achieved in the greening of cities within current technological an

May 2013
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

This report synthesises the findings from six case studies of urban green growth policies, four at city level (Paris, Chicago, Stockholm, Kitakyushu) and two at the national level (China, Korea).

15 September 2014
Event Updates
Raouf Dabbas
In the run-up to the 3rd Eco-Cities Forum to be held in Jordan, 18-20 October 2014, Raouf Dabbas, Senior Advisor in Jordan’s Ministry of Environment, outlines the potential for green growth to generate new and sustainable business opportunities for our cities.
July 2013
World Bank Group

The world's first cities were in the Uruk cluster in Mesopotamia. The largest was Ur, which appears in the Epic of Gilgamesh (one of the earliest known works of literature, set around 3,500 BCE). Extending over 60 hectares, Ur was home to about 24,000 people.

June 2018
As the world’s cities are growing, urban sprawl is getting worse. An new OECD study of 1,100 cities shows 60% of space is now low-density. This erratic city growth is damaging the environment. What can policy makers and governments do to move towards more sustainable cities?
7 July 2015
Research
Stefanos Fotiou
In this blog, Stefanos Fotiou, UNEP, discusses the future of cities and the relation between cities, environment, markets and lifestyles.
August 2014
Routledge

This book is aimed at practitioners, students and scholars in architecture, urban planning and design.

February 2015
International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
The paper Orchestrating infrastructure for sustainable smart cities is the sixth in a series of White Papers whose purpose is to ensure that the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) can contribute to solving global challenges through its International Standards and Conformity Assessment services
November 2014
London School of Economics and Political Science, New Climate Economy (NCE), Global Commission on the Economy and Climate

This paper, produced through the New Climate Economy Cities Research Programme, focuses on one central aspect of urban development: transport and urban form and how the two shape the provision of access to people, goods and services, and information in cities.

November 2016
New Climate Economy (NCE)

Better Cities, Better Growth: India's urban opportunity provides new analysis across 479 Indian cities – using an innovative combination of satellite data of night-time lights, census, environmental, and economic data – which demonstrates a clear link between more compact, connected urba

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