Visions of Our Future Crystallising Rapidly
The World Green Building Council (WGBC) Congress 2015 was held in Hong Kong last week. With the heat turned up on climate change, population explosion and resource depletion I came away for the first time in a while feeling hopeful for the future.
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China Urbanisation Needs Rural Focus Not Just Mega-City Migration
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End of The Road for Stagnant Hong Kong?
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Road Safety a Key Driver in Enhancing Urban Environments
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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals were adopted in September 2015 with 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets
GOAL 11 - SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums
By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons
By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries
Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage
By 2030, significantly reduce the number of deaths and the number of people affected and substantially decrease the direct economic losses relative to global gross domestic product caused by disasters, including water-related disasters, with a focus on protecting the poor and people in vulnerable situations
By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management
By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities
Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, per-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning
By 2020, substantially increase the number of cities and human settlements adopting and implementing integrated policies and plans towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilience to disasters, and develop and implement, in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, holistic disaster risk management at all levels
Support least developed countries, including through financial and technical assistance, in building sustainable and resilient buildings utilizing local materials