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Weekly Roundup 036 – 31st October to 6th November


UDC Weekly roundup
‘COP21: What it is and why it matters’
Authored by Yves Petit

November 30th 2015 will witness the beginning of the annual UN Climate Conference (COP21), conducted in Paris this year. The objective of this year’s conference is to create an achievable climate action plan that all the nations of the world are in agreement with, and are universally bound to.

The article  tells us everything we need to know about COP21. It analyses the scope and challenges that come our way, in the form of universal policy agreement and combating climate change.

Read the whole piece here

Published by The Conversation.


‘The Global Status Report on Road Safety 2015’
Published by WHO

WHO has released its annual road safety report, which is the third in the series. The bad news is that the deaths due to poor road safety is 1.25 million per year. The good news is, this number has plateaued since 2007. But this is clearly not enough. The rate of progress is stubbornly slow.

The report also states that majority casualties come from middle and low income countries, with the hardest hit being the more vulnerable pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. These deaths are attributed to speed driving, drunk/drug driving, low helmet/seat belt use and distracted driving. And even if the laws are in place to regulate safety on the roads, in many countries, they are of little consequence due to poor implementation.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), adopted by the UN, targets halving the global number of deaths and injuries from road traffic crashes by 2020.

The Global Status Report provides a comprehensive insight at the current scenario of road safety globally, with measures that need to be taken to move forward. The report is in line with the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, a global framework formulated with an effort towards higher road safety.

Read or download the publication here.





‘Thriving Cities’
Created by Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture

Urban discomforts, more often than not, are dealt with in a disconnected manner, with little or no consideration to inclusivity and human ecology. These spot solutions tend to be a little more than quick fixes, that eventually result in short lived relief or set off a chain reaction to newer problems. The Thriving Cities Initiative stresses on a change in paradigm in our approach, not only to make a city work, but thrive as an urban ecology. The initiative cites six fundamental building blocks that “bring together the key stakeholders- including foundations, city officials, city planners, religious leaders, politicians, educators, business people, academics, non-profits, and residents- to question the meaning of a thriving city.”

Watch this riveting animated video to understand the breakdown of the urban habitat.

Thriving Cities an initiative of IAS Culture on Vimeo.


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