Future of Cities Forum 2014

“Imagine a Regenerative City” was the theme of the Future of Cities Forum 2014, hosted by the City of Munich in partnership with The World Future Council, Energy Cities and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. 

The Future of Cities Forum is an annual international forum on regenerative cities bringing together mayors, city councillors, urban planners, researchers, practitioners and representatives of civil society and the private sector to discuss key challenges and solutions for regenerative urban development.

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Futures Studies in Africa 2012

A Danish Study “from Africa” not “on Africa”. 

ABSTRACT: Futures studies is well established in the Nordic region and its history can be readily charted, but in Africa it barely exists in an institutional form and its evolution and impact is little
known or understood. The first two sections of our paper briefly examine the history of
futures studies, spending most attention on the African experience. We go on to show that the
Higher Education landscape in the Southern African Development Community (SADC)
region is very different to that in the Nordic region…

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Inclusive Futures UNCDF 2013

This Policy Note summarizes the main content of the workshop on ‘Inequality, Inclusive Growth and the post-2015 Framework’ convened by UNCDF – in cooperation with UN-DESA and UNDP – on
March 7th, 2013 in New York.

The workshop brought together some of the lead thinkers on the topic of inequality. These included senior officials from UN Agencies, National governments as well as senior representatives from the private, academic and NGO sectors. This multi-stakeholder approach allowed discussing perspectives on inequality from organizations as diverse as ILO, UNAIDS, UNDP, UN-DESA, UN-Habitat, UNICEF, UNWomen, OECD, Oxfam, Save the Children, Google.org, London School of Economics, Urban Institute, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), Citi and UNCDF.

The Note addresses 3 key questions: (1) Why is inequality a critical topic in the context of the post-2015 discussions? This section presents some of the current trends in inequality with particular
emphasis on developing countries. (2) What are the key dimensions of inequality? This section ‘un-packs’ the concept of inequality. It explains that inequality can mean different things to different
people. And that it needs to be understood and addressed as cross-cutting issue. (3) How can inequality be integrated into the post-2015 framework? This section highlights some of the options
for including set of measurements of inequality in the post-2015 development framework and discusses the political and technical challenges involved.

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OECD Governance for the Future: Democracy and Development in the Least Developed Countries 2006

Lead Editors
Gita Welch and Zahra Nuru


Governance for the Future: Democracy and Development in the LDCs is the first United Nations Report to focus specifically on the challenges of governance faced by the 50 poorest nations in the world, collectively known as Least Developed Countries (LDCs). Jointly prepared by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least
Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and the Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS), this publication emphasizes that to achieve sustainable development, LDCs must build transparent, accountable and effective democratic governance systems. Building a strong relationship between the state and its citizens is key to successful development and to achieving the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

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