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Designing Policies for Earth's Urban Future: A Multilateral Approach

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Designing Policies for Earth's Urban Future: A Multilateral Approach

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The Necessity of Communicating Global Urban Impacts

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As we usher in a new era of rapid urbanization, the need for efficient communication about the global impacts of cities to multilateral organizations has never been more important. Such communication fosters understanding and encourages the creation of effective policies tailored to our urban future. This point has been the subject of recent discussions in a new #SciencePolicyForum.

The Economics of Cities: A Study by Urban Economics Working Group

The Urban Economics Working Group, under the leadership of Edward Glaeseris, a Harvard University Economics Professor, has been delving into the economics of cities and various factors that shape city structure and performance. They have been exploring the determinants of city growth and the role of cities in fostering idea transmission and other agglomeration economies. Understanding these factors will play a significant role in formulating policies for our urban future.

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The Role of Sustainable Cities in Urban Development

Frontiers in Sustainable Cities, a journal dedicated to urban sustainability and development, is another critical source of information for policy design. With a rich collection of research topics related to urban sustainability, the journal offers insights into the latest trends and developments in the field. The knowledge generated by this journal will undoubtedly be instrumental in designing policies for the earth's urban future.

Public Health and Urban Living: Insights from the World Health Organization

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has emphasized the importance of universal access to clean air, clean water, nutritious food, and safe shelter as core components of public health. The need for ample daylight, both outdoors and indoors, is an additional component that has been advocated for. These standards set by WHO should serve as a baseline for urban policies and city governance.

Urban Growth, Gender, and Poverty: A Call for Equitable Policies

There is a pressing need for urban growth policies and city governance to consider gender and poverty. Policies that ignore these factors have been seen to exacerbate socio-economic disparities, exclusion, and segregation. A book reviewed by Buildings and Cities provides a practical approach to ensuring an equitable transition to net zero, enabling cities to adapt to changing climate.

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The Built Environment and Climate Change: A Decade of Regulation

The built environment contributes 40% of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, necessitating immediate regulation. The next ten years are crucial for all countries to mitigate this large carbon footprint. Nordic countries have shown positive outcomes from co-developing climate policies for buildings, providing a promising model for other nations. A specific greenhouse gas budget for national building stocks, with a clear reduction pathway towards net zero emissions, is a necessary parallel strategy.

The Role of Social Value in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals

Social value plays a crucial role in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There is a need to rebalance value to include social and environmental aspects, in addition to economic and commercial value. Incorporating these considerations into urban policy design will be key to ensuring a sustainable urban future for our planet.

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