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Building Healthy Cities Resource Bin

Special Edition: World Environment Day

Week of June 8, 2021

This email provides a weekly summary of collected resources that are relevant to BHC's activities. The full content can be found at the individual links below or upon request. If there are resources you would like to share with the BHC team, please send them to Lauren Azmon at lauren_azmon@jsi.com

New Resource Bin Content

Last week was World Environment Day. This year's theme was Generation Restoration, focusing on creating initiatives and activities now that invest in the future. Examples include growing trees, greening our cities, rewilding our gardens, changing our diets and cleaning up rivers and coasts. This resource bin focuses on the environmental concerns in urban settings and ways to move forward. 
 

 

Title:  The Future of Asian & Pacific Cities: Transformative Pathways Towards Sustainable Urban Development
Source:  United Nations 
Publication Date: 2019
Summary and content relevant to BHC:
The Asian and Pacific region became majority urban in 2019 for the first time in human history. With more than 2.3 billion people in the region living in cities, the need for a sustainable urban future has never been greater. The Future of
Asian and Pacific Cities is  intentionally forward-looking and charts 15 policy pathways that can guide future urbanization in the region in order to deliver on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development band the New Urban Agenda. While recognizing that the Asia-Pacific region is exceedingly diverse, ranging from small island developing States to powerful global economies, the report identifies four major development challenges across the region: natural resource management; climate change; disaster risk; and rising inequalities. 

Title: Building a Healthy City
Source: Urban Solutions 
Publication Date: January, 2020
Summary and content relevant to BHC:
In the face of climate change and other challenges to Singapore’s living environment, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli shares with Joanna Tan about Singapore’s approach to fostering a liveable environment that promotes health and well-being for citizens.

Title: State of Finance for Nature
Source: United Nations Environment Program
Author: UNEP, WEF, ELD, Vivid Economics
Publication Date:  27 May 2021
Summary and content relevant to BHC:
The State of Finance of Nature tracks global trends in public and private investment in nature-based solutions, aiming to improve data quality and identify opportunities for governments, businesses and financiers. This year’s report calls for investments in nature-based solutions to triple by 2030 and to increase four-fold by 2050 from the current level. While an increase in public funding would help plug some of the gap, there needs to be a significant increase in private sector investment in Nature-based solutions.

Title: Digital divide: How to unmute climate voices in poorer nations
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
Author: Sonia Elks 
Publication Date: 31 May 2021
Summary and content relevant to BHC:
Some officials and activists in poorer parts of the Global South face technology barriers as climate events move online - so how can organizers ensure they are included?
BHC is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the United States Agency for International Development under Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-17-00028, beginning September 30, 2017. BHC is implemented by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI) with partners International Organization for Migration, Thrive Networks Global, and Urban Institute, and with support from Engaging Inquiry, LLC.
 
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