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Better Cities | Sep 2018

Catalysing Change with Hope and Power

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BC Highlights 201809 Catalysing Change with Hope and Power

Catalysing Change with Hope and Power

Peek into the initiatives dreamt up by leaders from African cities after their 5-day trip to Singapore. The contingent was here for the Singapore-UN-Habitat International Leaders in Urban Governance Programme (SGUNHiLUGP), which is co-organised by the United Nations and the CLC to bring insights and inspiration to leaders on how to revitalise cities, better manage waste and implement good governance.

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BC Highlights 201809 Turning Plans into Reality

Turning Plans into Reality

Jenipher Namuyangu Kacha, Minister of State, Ministry of Local Government, Kampala, Uganda

“In Uganda, we do the planning but implementation is a problem.”
Of the many lessons gleaned from Singapore, Jenipher Namuyangu Kacha says the most important is that a law has to be backed by the will to enforce it. The Minister of State from Uganda says her country needs to overcome this challenge by having politicians working hand-in-hand with professionals.

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BC Highlights 201809 Taking the Lead in Sustainable Development

Taking the Lead in Sustainable Development

Kwadwo Yeoboah, Metropolitan Director of Town Planning, Physical Planning Department, Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Ghana

“We were able to [implement street naming] because we had a strategic leadership from presidency to the local level.”
Ghana’s first president was instrumental in the sustainable development of the country’s capital, Accra, says Kwadwo Yeoboah. The director of planning shares how the president’s strategic vision led the local government to work closely with the city councils and citizens to implement street and property naming system as well as revitalise a flood-prone lagoon into a recreational zone.

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BC Highlights 201809 Melbourne and Singapore: A Tale of Two Cities

Melbourne and Singapore: A Tale of Two Cities

Melbourne and Singapore are about the same age and have similar population sizes, but they differ vastly in urban densities. CLC Executive Director Khoo Teng Chye shares his experience living in Monash and seeing the city evolve from a sprawling, quiet district to a bustling and cosmopolitan centre.

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BC Highlights 201809 Singapore’s Pragmatic Approach to Sustainable Development

Singapore’s Pragmatic Approach to Sustainable Development

The United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides the blueprint for the international community towards a more sustainable future. Countries are invited to undertake a Voluntary National Review (VNR) to document progress made towards each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In July this year, Singapore presented our VNR at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York.

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BC Highlights 201909 Taking an Active Role to Fight Poverty

Taking an Active Role to Fight Poverty

How can local governments in Southeast Asia take on a more active role in poverty alleviation? This was a key theme discussed at the ASEAN-China-UNDP Symposium on Localising the Sustainable Development Goals and Realising Poverty Eradication, where CLC’s Deputy Director Lim Teng Leng shared key lessons from Singapore’s Smart Nation journey that were critical for integrating global goals and local plans at the regional level.

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BC Highlights 201809 Developing Cities that Leave No One Behind

Urban Solutions #13 | Developing Cities that Leave No One Behind

While cities are places of opportunity and engines of growth, they can also create inequality and social exclusion if they are not well planned. The Executive Director of the UN-Habitat, Maimunah Mohd Sharif, shares how her organisation works closely with developing cities to achieve sustainable urban growth together.

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BC Highlights 201909 By the People, For the People

Urban Solutions #13 | By the People, For the People

Cities around the world are championing the involvement of citizens in their urban design and rejuvenation projects. This photo essay examines successful community-led initiatives from Nairobi, Singapore, Santiago and North Carolina. It showcases how citizens are working with Non-Governmental Organisations, governments, planners and architects to co-create neighbourhoods and public spaces.

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