DHULIKNEL CITY (NEPAL) INAUGURATES ITS FIRST CO-TREATMENT PLANT

In a significant advancement for Nepal’s sanitation efforts, the “Shreekhandrapur Wastewater and Faecal Sludge Treatment Plant” has been inaugurated in Dhulikhel city. This milestone, supported by United Cities and Local Governments in Asia-Pacific (UCLG ASPAC) through the Municipalities Network Advocacy on Sanitation in South Asia (MuNASS), marks the establishment of the country’s first co-treatment facility. […]

SEJONG CITY LAUNCHES ITS FIRST HYDROGEN BUS CHARGING STATION

Sejong city in South Korea has made a significant stride towards carbon neutrality with the inauguration of its first hydrogen bus-exclusive charging station, which began operations on 4 May 2024 as part of the Ministry of Environment’s low-emission vehicle supply project. It can charge approximately 270 hydrogen buses per day, making it the largest hydrogen […]

BELIZE CITY’S PATH TO SUSTAINABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENT

Belize City Council is leading the way to developing a smarter city with the help of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF). Their Urban Sustainability and Smart City Project has been improving sustainable urban development, laying the groundwork for future projects despite the challenges of the pandemic. Transforming public spaces The project focused on public […]

UN HANDBOOK ON INFRASTRUCTURE ASSET MANAGEMENT

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) have published a handbook on infrastructure asset management titled “Managing Infrastructure Assets for Sustainable Development”. Available in six languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish), this guide helps local and national governments manage their infrastructure better, […]

URBACT TOOLBOX: SUPPORTING CITY PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

The URBACT toolbox assist city planners and developers in shaping better urban environments. Designed to facilitate integrated and participatory actions within cities, the toolbox offers a wealth of guidance, tools, templates, and more to navigate urban challenges effectively. The toolbox is is part of the URBACT, an European exchange and learning programme, promoting sustainable urban […]

COSY HOMES INITIATIVE IN LANCASHIRE, UK

Cold homes pose significant health risks, especially for individuals with long-term conditions such as respiratory problems and heart diseases. These vulnerable groups are more likely to need hospital care due to worsened symptoms caused by inadequate heating. According to Arif Rajpura, Director of Public Health Blackpool Council, England’s National Health Service (NHS) is expending hundreds […]

WHY CITIES HAVE A KEY ROLE TO PLAY IN TACKLING CLIMATE CHANGE

Cities host more than half of the global population, totaling 4.4 billion inhabitants, and this urban population is projected to double by 2050. This means that globally nearly 7 out of 10 people will be expected to live in cities by then. Due to this population density, cities also account for over 80 percent of […]

ADDRESSING NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES IN UGANDAN CITIES

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are a growing health concern in Uganda, particularly in urban areas. To address this challenge, AMICALL is implementing a program that leverages mayors’ commitment in addressing NCDs and prevention strategies. The program focuses on four key elements: Community volunteers advocate for good health by conducting one-on-one and group health education sessions for […]

NANSANA CITY STRIVES FOR PEACE AND YOUTH EMPOWERMENT

Nansana Municipality is the largest and most densely populated municipality in Uganda’s Wakiso district. The city strongly advocates for SDG 16: peace, justice and strong institutions, prioritizing youth empowerment and initiatives to tackle social challenges like unemployment, violence and crime, drug abuse, corruption, and economic disparity. Some of the city initiatives include well-established community dialogues […]

INNOVATIVE GREEN FINANCING IN TANGA, TANZANIA

Tanga, an agricultural region in northeastern Tanzania, faces growing pressure on its water and sanitation systems. With a population exceeding 2.6 million (2022 national census), rapid urbanization fueled by rural-urban migration strains existing infrastructure. Limited government resources add to this challenge and reflects the struggles of many East African urban centers alike. The Tanga Urban […]