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  • Sustainability Science – A Key Concept for Future Design (Self Paced)

    Sustainability is indispensable for the future of humankind. Sustainability science has emerged as an effort to tackle the complex problems the world is facing today. Lecturers from different disciplines provide a holistic overview of key issues in sustainability including industrial pollution,...

  • Advisory on Disability friendly infrastructure
    Advisory No. 11: Strategy for ensuring Universal Access IT systems to empower citizens with disability to access these systems with ease. New Delhi, India: Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India, 2018.

    The objective of Smart Cities Mission (SCM) is to improve the quality of life of citizens living in cities in an inclusive way. Hence it is imperative that all the projects taken up under the Area Based Development and Pan city Smart Solutions should be disabled friendly. Many cities have...

  • low carbon development in India
    Kedia, Shailly, Goerild Heggelund, Manish Anand, Zou Ji, Wang Yao, Nishant Jain, and Zhang Qingyu. Low Carbon Development in China and India: Issues and Strategies. The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), 2018.

    With the recognition on the importance of partnership and collaboration to tackle climate change, the project on Low Carbon Development for China and...

  • SDG Goal 11 Monitoring Framework In Sustainable Cities and Communities. UN-HABITAT, 2018.

    In September 2015, the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit adopted a new framework to guide development efforts between 2015 and 2030, entitled “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development”. The 2030 Agenda contains 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and...

  • Cities
    Song, Koh Buck. Making Cities Liveable: Insights from 10 Years of Lectures at The Centre for Liveable Cities. Centre for Liveable Cities, Singapore, 2018.

    This book is about cities. It is also about homes. Today, more than half the world’s population has made cities or urban areas their home—a figure that is expected to rise to nearly 70% by 2050. As a rapidly growing population migrates to cities in search of a better life, almost seven billion...

  • Resilient Cities
    Zhuang, Justin. A Resilient Singapore. Centre for Liveable Cities, Singapore, 2018.

    How can cities be better prepared in the face of impending stresses and shocks? What are the innovative solutions that cities can adopt to address cross-cutting challenges such as climate change and changing demographics? In a world where cities are facing increasingly complex challenges,...

  • Report
    Kavanaugh, Laura, Laura Kavanaugh, Evgenia Mitroliou, Thiago Soares Barbizan, and Victoria Vital Estrada. Resilient Cities Report 2017: Tracking local progress on the resilience targets of SDG 11 In 8th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation 4 - 6 May 2017. ICLEI, 2017.

    Based on the proceedings of the 8th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation 4 - 6 May 2017 | Bonn, Germany.

    Resilient Cities is the annual global forum on urban resilience and adaptation convened in Bonn, Germany. The congress series provides an international platform to share the...

  • Indo French JWG 2017
    Learning From France: Indo-French Working Group on Sustainable Urban Development. New Delhi, India: Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India, 2017.


    India France Joint Working Group for cooperation in the field of Sustainable Urban Development met in Paris and Marseilles from 5th to 8th September 2017. 

    This presentation provides highlights of the key learnings in the following sectors and aprovides a way forward for the JWG...

  • Transforming India 2030
    Joshi, Ravikant. "Transforming India 2030 – Financing Strategies for achieving Sustainable Cities." In Conference on Transforming India 2030: Strategies for Sustainable Development Goals., 2017.

    With the help of available literature, this research paper attempts to examine critically how India has financed its Cities in the past, how it is currently financing its Cities and how it will be financing its Cities in near future going by past and present trends. Such an examination is...

  • SDG report card
    SDG Index and Dashboards Report 2017; Global Responsibilities: International spillovers in achieving the goals . Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) , 2017.

    The SDG Index and Dashboards Report provides a report card for country performance on the historic Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The annual report shows how leaders can deliver on their promise and it urges countries not to lose the momentum for important...

  • Course Brief
    McCormick, Dr. Kes, Prof. Lena Neij, Prof. James Evans, and Prof. Harriet Bulkeley. Greening the Economy: Sustainable Cities., 2017.

    About this course: How can we shape urban development towards sustainable and prosperous futures?

    This course will explore sustainable cities as engines for greening the economy. We place cities in the context of sustainable urban transformation and climate change....

  • Water Resources Management and Policy


    About this course: Water management today is faced with new challenges such as climate change or the effects of human activity. Public and private stakeholders who are active in this field must develop new ways to better manage the water cycle "as a whole".


  • Ecodesign for Cities and Suburbs
    Ecodesign for Cities and Suburbs
    Ecodesign for Cities and Suburbs (Self Paced)

    Too often modern cities and suburbs are disorganized places where most new development makes daily life less pleasant, creates more traffic congestion, and contributes to climate change. This trend has to change; and our course is going to show you how.

    Ecodesign means integrating...

  • Sustainable Urban Environments (Self Paced)

    How can we strengthen sustainability? By empowering individuals and communities to transform and balance dynamic natural resources, economic prosperity, and healthy populations.

    In this course, you’ll explore productive and disruptive social, ecological, and economic intersections – the “...

  • City of Sustainability
    Golubiewski, Nancy. Can a City Be Sustainable?. Urban Policy and Research, 2017.

    Can a city be sustainable? Good question. In its latest State of the World annual report on the progress towards a sustainable society, the Worldwatch Institute explores one of the biggest challenges facing the world in this emerging urban century

  • Use of ICT in Smart Cities
    Connecting cities and communities with the Sustainable Development Goals. United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC), 2017.

    This publication has been developed within the framework of the United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) initiative. It provides an overview of how cities can use information and communication technologies (ICTs) to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It also maps the case...

  • Sustainable Cities
    Sustainable Cities
    SDG Academy: Sustainable Cities

    Cities are home to half the world’s seven billion people and contribute to about 75% of global economic output. An additional three billion people are estimated to live in cities by 2050, increasing the urban share of the world’s population to two-thirds. 

    Yet, cities and urban areas...

  • India Habitat III National Report 2016
    India Habitat III National Report 2016. New Delhi, India: Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India, 2016.

    The India National Report is a sequel to resolution 24/14 of the UN Habitat Governing Council, adopted in its twentyfourth session by which the Council invited its member states to prepare national reports on the “implementation of the Habitat-II agenda and of the other relevant internationally...

  • Towards a More Equal City: Framing the Challenges and Opportunities
    Beard, Victoria A., Anjali Mahendra, and Michael I. Westphal. Towards a More Equal City: Framing the Challenges and Opportunities. Washington DC: World Resources Institute , 2016.

    Cities are growing differently today than before. As much as 70 percent of people in emerging cities in Asia, Africa and Latin America is under-served. Furthermore, cities face challenges in four areas:

    • Highest rates of urbanization are in sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast...

  • Towards a More Equal City
    Beard, Victoria A., Anjali Mahendra, and Michael I. Westphal. Towards a More Equal City: Framing the Challenges and Opportunities In Working Paper. Washington, DC: World Resources Institute, 2016.

    ities are growing differently today than before. As much as 70 percent of people in emerging cities in Asia, Africa and Latin America is under-served. Furthermore, cities face challenges in four areas:

    • Highest rates of urbanization are in sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast Asia...

  • New Urban Agenda2016
    UN Habitat III: New Urban Agenda, Outcome document from Quito. UN Habitat III, 2016.

    This century will see a substantial majority of the world’s population living in urban centres. It is now estimated that 54.5% of people live in urban areas. The Habitat III conference was the first Habitat conference to take place a t a point i n history wher e majority of the world's...

  • Innovation in cities
    Innovation In Urban Solutions, Issue 9. Singapore: Centre for Liveable Cities, 2016.

    In this special issue of Urban Solutions for the World Cities Summit 2016, we explore systemic innovations around the world that are changing the way cities are governed and managed.

    Singapore’s Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong shares how his government is charting new ways...

  • Good Practice Guide - Climate Change Adaptation in Delta Cities
    Good Practice Guide - Climate Change Adaptation in Delta Cities. London: C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, 2016.

    More than two-thirds of the world's largest cities are coastal delta cities. These cities are vulnerable to rising sea levels as a result of climate change, while millions of people are already being exposed to the risk of extreme storms and flooding events. By the middle of this century, the...

  • Good Practice Guide - Climate Positive Development
    Good Practice Guide - Climate Positive Development. London: C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, 2016.

    More than 50% of the world’s population currently lives in urban areas, with the percentage expected to grow to more than 70% by 2050. Planning and development of low-carbon, compact and connected cities is critical to sustainably manage this significant urbanisation trend. Fortunately, C40...

  • Urbanization And Development: Emerging Futures - World Cities Report 2016
    Urbanization And Development: Emerging Futures - World Cities Report 2016. Nairobi, Kenya: United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), 2016.

    The analysis of urban development of the past twenty years presented in this maiden edition of the World Cities Report shows, with compelling evidence, that there are new forms of collaboration and cooperation, planning, governance, finance and learning that can sustain positive change. The...

  • Sustainable Urban Land Use Planning (Self-paced)

    About this course: Urbanization is the defining global phenomenon of this century. For the first time in history, more than half the world’s population lives in urban areas. Between 2000 and 2030, in developing countries, the urban population is expected to double, and entire...

  • Cities Alive
    Cities Alive: Towards a walking world. London: ARUP, 2016.

    Mobility is intrinsic to the quality of life experienced in cities. But for the past century, the car has dominated how we plan and grow our urban areas. We must now seize the opportunity to place people back at the heart of our cities and drive a human focused approach to the design of the...

  • Greening the Economy: Sustainable Cities

    About this course: This course will explore sustainable cities as engines for greening the economy. We place cities in the context of sustainable urban transformation and climate change. Sustainable urban transformation refers to structural transformation processes – multi-...

  • Global report on Culture_ UNESCO
    Global Report on Culture for Sustainable Urban Development. United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), 2016.

    UNESCO Global Report on Culture for Sustainable Urban Development, a ground-breaking report which presents a series of analyses and recommendations for fostering the role of culture for sustainable development. Drawing on a global survey implemented with nine regional partners and insights from...

  • Energy Trilemma WEC
    Wyman, Oliver. 2016 Energy Trilemma Index: Benchmarking the sustainability of national energy systems., 2016.

    The Energy Trilemma Index provides policymakers with a tool for doing so. It comparatively ranks 125 countries’ energy performance in order of how well they address the Council’s widely-used definition of energy sustainability, which is based on three core dimensions: energy...

  • UNhabitat: Otimising Infrastructure
    Urban patterns for a Green Economy: Optimising Infrastructure. Nairobi, Kenya: UN-HABITAT, 2016.

    As nexuses of knowledge, infrastructure and governance, cities represent a key opportunity to stimulate larger scale change toward green economies. In a world where cities are increasingly competing against each other economically, where weather patterns are unpredictable and low resource prices...

  • urban reforms China Singapore
    Challenges and Reforms in Urban Governance: Insights from the Development Experience of China and Singapore., 2016.

    An inaugural publication on urban governance was jointly launched by the Ministry of National Development (MND), Singapore, and the Development Research Center of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China (DRC) on 12 Jul 2016.

    This publication is the first research outcome of...

  • UNDP urban Strategy
    Sustainable Urbanization Strategy In UNDP's support to sustainable, inclusive and resilient cities in the developing world. New York: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), 2016.

    This Sustainable Urbanization Strategy outlines how UNDP is responding to rapid urbanization in developing countries and its consequences for sustainable development. It outlines how UNDP will support countries and cities, building upon its past and current work on urbanization. The strategy...

  • Circular Economy in India
    Circular Economy in India: Rethinking growth for long-term prosperity. Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 2016.

    Circular Economy in India: Rethinking growth for long-term prosperity shows that a circular economy path to development could bring India annual benefits of ₹40 lakh crore (US$ 624 billion) in 2050 compared with the current...

  • Green Growth
    Urban Green Growth in Dynamic Asia. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 2016.

    The Urban Green Growth in Dynamic Asia project explores how to promote green growth in cities in Asia, examining policies and governance practices that encourage environmental sustainability and competitiveness in a rapidly expanding economy. This synthesis report presents the results of case...

  • The State of City Climate Finance
    The State of City Climate Finance. New York: The Cities Climate Finance Alliance (CCFLA), 2015.

    This is the inaugural report of the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance (CCFLA), a coalition of cities, banks, national governments and civil society organizations with the aim of accelerating and scaling up climate related finance for the world’s cities. Today’s financing landscape does...

  • Reference Framework for Smart Cities
    Bhattacharya, Shrimoyee, Sujaya Rathi, Sonali Anusree Patro, and Niepukhrie Tepa. Reconceptualising Smart Cities: A Reference Framework for India Compendium of Resources. Bangalore: Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP), 2015.

    This report argues that the larger notions of sustainability and good governance encompass the overarching goals of smart cities across the globe. Technology, especially Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is an important enabler in attaining sustainability and good governance....

  • Reimagining India’s Urban Future
    Reimagining India’s Urban Future - A Framework for Securing High-Growth, Low-Carbon, Climate-Resilient Urban Development in India In Working Paper 306 . New Delhi: Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), 2015.

    India is at the cusp of a major urban transition. In less than twenty years, India’s urban population is expected to nearly double from 377 million today to over 600 million. Indian cities already contribute an estimated two-thirds of India’s GDP, and this number is expected to rise to 75% by...

  • Water for Development
    Jägerskog, Anders, and Torkil Jønch Clausen. Water for Development: Charting a Water Wise Path. Stockholm: Stockholm International Water Institute, SIWI, 2015.

    Water is crucial for human sustenance, health and dignity; as a driver for business; for food and energy security; and for the ecosystems upon which our societies and continued development depend. For this report, we have invited a wide range of experts with different perspectives on water and...

  • Harnessing Shared Mobility
    Harnessing Shared Mobility for Compact, Sustainable Cities. Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, 2015.

    In the past decade, the world has seen car sharing go mainstream, bike sharing become a global trend, and hundreds of startups stake their claim to reinventing transport. The new systems, collectively known as shared mobility, reflect the rise of both the on-demand and sharing economies. These...

  • Sustainable Cities and Rapid Urbanisation Mapping Institutions, Researchers and Funders in India
    Sustainable Cities and Rapid Urbanisation: Mapping Institutions, Researchers and Funders in India. New Delhi, India: Research Councils UK India, 2015.

    Science and innovation are a critical input to the prosperity and sustainable growth of a country. They ensure that the country can meet emerging challenges ranging from water-energy demands and natural disasters, to climate change and public health. Countries require an excellent research base...

  • Shelter: Vol 16
    Resilient Cities In Shelter. Vol. 16. New Delhi: Housing and Urban Development Corporation Ltd., 2015.

    The word “resilience” typically describes a material’s ability to recoil or spring back into shape after bending, stretching, or being compressed. In ecology, resilience has been described as the capacity of an ecosystem to tolerate disturbance without collapsing into a qualitatively different...

  • Guiding Urban Growth
    Guiding Urban Growth In The State of Afghan Cities. UN-Habitat, 2015.

    This discussion paper examines the importance of urban planning for achieving sustainable urbanization. It shows that urban planning is a key component of promoting Local Economic Development (LED); balancing development and environmental protection; improving access to land, adequate housing...

  • Streets for All Toolkit
    Mulukutla, Pawan, Sarika Panda, and Andrew Diaz. Streets for All Toolkit., 2015.

    The Streets for All initiative is a sustained community movement towards the provision of better and safer walking and cycling infrastructure in our city. It provides a platform for engagement between government, media, NGOs, technocrats and the community, in order to jointly develop workable...

  • Sustainable Singapore
    Our Home Our Environment Our Future: Sustainable Singapore Blueprint 2015., 2015.

    The Sustainable Singapore Blueprint 2015 outlines the national vision and plans for a more liveable and sustainable Singapore, to support the diverse needs and growing aspirations of Singaporeans. This blueprint is a plan for action and provides a unique opportunity to work together to create a...

  • sustainable green inclusive cities
    Damodaran, Appukuttan, Kirsten Jörgensen, Miranda Schreurs, and Jan Beermann. Sustainable Cities – Inclusive, Green And Competitive. GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH), 2015.

    Green Economy has been recognized by the Rio+20 Summit as “one of the important tools available for achieving sustainable development”. It is emphasized that Green Economy should “contribute to eradicating poverty as well as sustained economic growth, enhancing social inclusion, improving human...

  • GIZ sustainable lifestyle
    Lehmann, Harry, Sudhir Chella Rajan, Sneha Annavarapu, Claudia Kabel, Christian Löwe, and Astrid Matthey. Sustainable Lifestyles. GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH), 2015.

    This input paper tries to sketch the broad trends in consumption in both countries (India and Germany) , the societal and market responses to them and opportunities and obstacles associated with promoting sustainable modes of consumption. It identifies some of the possible forms of cross-...

  • Competitive Cities
    Kilroy, Austin Francis Lo, Megha Mukim, and Stefano Negri. Competitive cities for jobs and growth : what, who, and how. The World Bank, 2015.

    A competitive city is a city that successfully facilitates its firms and industries to create jobs, raise productivity, and increase the incomes of citizens over time. Worldwide, improving the competitiveness of cities is a pathway to eliminating extreme poverty and to promoting shared...

  • City Prosperity Index
    The City Prosperity Initiative (CPI) Global City Report – 2015. UN-HABITAT, 2015.

    The Global City Report is the starting point for the comparison of cities, using a limited number of indicators that are representative of Prosperity and Sustainable Urban Development.

    Through the use of official data from cities and countries, the Global City Report presents a global...

  • Sustainable Social Housing DA
    Nagrath, Kriti, and Amelie Gilbert. Sustainable Social Housing Initiative. New Delhi, India: Development Alternatives, 2014.

    This report presents the finding of an assessment on sustainability in urban social housing in India undertaken by Development Alternatives under the UNEP -Sustainable Social Housing Initiative (SUSHI). The assessment aims at creating a better understanding of the integration of environmental...

  • DRR and Urban Toolkit
    National Disaster Management Toolkit for Urban Planning. New Delhi, India: National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), 2014.

    The report is the outcome of hard work put in by multidisciplinary team, consisting of, among others, Regional Planners, Urb an Planners, Structural Engineers, Social Scientists and Economists. DDFCL appreciates NIDM for the confidence entrusted on us and provided the opportunity to work on this...

  • State of China's Cities
    State of China Cities 2014/2015. UN Habitat, 2014.

    As a report with joint efforts by China Science Center of International Eurasian Academy of Sciences, China Association of Mayors, Urban Planning Society of China and UN-Habitat, The State of China’s Cities 2014/2015 is about to be released to the public.

    It integrates both the guidelines...

  • Sustainable Urban Transport
    Bhatt, Chirayu, and Jignesh Mehta. Sustainable Urban Transport: Principles and Implementation Guidelines for Indian Cities (Draft Report)., 2013.

    The aim of this report is to help cities and local governments implement goals of sustainable planning and urban transport. In order to do this, it is important to identify guidelines and standards and establishes an evaluation mechanism through which the existing conditions can be assessed and...

  • Sustainable Korean Cities
    Kwon, Prof. Taejung, and Dr. Kwangik Wang. Sustainable Development of National Territory In A Primer on Korean Planning and Policy. Vol. 5. Seoul, Republic of Korea: Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS), 2013.

    This primer by KRIHS detailes the framework of sustainable National Territory Development, the policies to Promote Sustainable National Territory Development. It discusses the Low-Carbon Green Cities for Sustainable National Territory Development and the Best Practices for Low-Carbon Green...

  • Unesco Historic cities landscape
    New Life for Historic Cities: The Historic Urban Landscape approach explained., 2013.

    This published brochure "New life for historic cities: The historic urban landscape approach explainedintroduces the Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape, which was adopted on 10 November...

  • Culture and Development
    Culture and Development MDG - F Thematic Study: Review of Key Findings and Achievements. MDG Achievement Fund, 2013.

    Strengthening creative industries and protecting natural and cultural heritage have proved to be effective instruments of economic development. Our work has harnessed the potential of the creative sector for job creation, economic growth and poverty reduction and supported efforts to promote the...

  • Case Study
    Making Mobility a Part of the Housing Development Practice - A Market Approach In Towards a Green Investment Policy Framework - Case Study Series. India: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 2012.

    The study aims to assess and promote good practice policies that help countries encourage private sector investment in low-carbon climate-resilient infrastructure. The present case study, prepared by EMBARQ India, was developed for the OECD Roundtable Discussion on “Mobilising Private Investment...

  • Urban solution singapore
    Urban Solutions. Singapore: Centre for Liveable Cities, 2012.

    The Centre for Liveable Cities, or CLC, works to distil, create and share knowledge on liveable and sustainable cities. As our flagship periodical, URBAN SOLUTIONS aims to deliver useful content to city leaders and urban practitioners on how to make their cities more liveable...