UN Habitat has published a new report, The State of African Cities 2018: The Geography of African Investment, that aims to contribute to development policies that can turn African cities into more attractive, competitive and resilient foreign direct investment (FDI) destinations. It also provides guidance on the choices needed to be made by cities in their pursuit of FDI, as well as facilitate understanding of the complexity of global investment in Africa.
“Opportunity 2030: More Jobs, Better Health, Liveable Cities – Quantifying the benefits of climate change mitigation measures in buildings transport and energy supply” is a new report that analyses how the impacts of climate action through climate policies can not only lead to the reduction of emissions but also can affect health and prosperity in selected global regions.
The 2018 World Happiness Report is published by the Global Happiness Council (GHC), a new global network of leading academic specialists in happiness and key practictioners in areas like psychology, economics, urban planning etc. Their report contains practical solutions for governments and cities interested in boosting wellbeing.
Madinat Al-Irfan is the name of the new planned city Oman is trying to develop. Located to the west of Muscat, Oman’s capital, near the international airport, the city has already built by the government a convention center and a few hotels on the 1,500-acre site. Mimi Kirk has published a critical review in CityLab about this project.
Brent D. Ryan has detailed his perspective on urban design in a new book, “The Largest Art: A Measured Manifesto for a Plural Urbanism”, calling for a more pluralistic, democratic vision of the city. The book has been recently published by the MIT Press and the author is an associate professor of urban design and public policy in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning.
This report Eurostat Regional yearbook 2017, published by Eurostat on September 2017, gives a detailed picture relating to a broad range of statistical topics across the regions of the EU Member States, as well as the regions of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and candidate countries.
A new report by the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program provides detailed data on the 123 largest global cities based on their metro economies and uses these data to create a new typology of the seven types of global cities. Through this typology, this report aims to provide a valuable lens through which to understand the evolving global economy.