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Policy Report
The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 as one of the core frameworks driving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provided the impetus to design a new phase of the ASEAN ESC Model Cities programme which is aligned to the SDGs. From around 2016, many parties and experts have launched publications to inform cities...
Commentary (Op. Ed)
Author:
Augustine
Kwan
In Southeast Asia, national governments are busy incorporating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into national development policies. But while central mandates for implementing the goals are expected to eventually “trickle down” to cities, this process is being slowed by the comprehensive nature of the goals, requiring significant...
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Commentary (Op. Ed)
In ASEAN cities, ‘waste management’ is persistently cited as the top challenge faced by local governments. Ideally, ‘sound’ waste management approaches should be grounded in scientific principles, utilise appropriate technologies, be financially feasible and also socially sensible – a demanding package far from the grasp of many cities. So far,...
Peer-reviewed Article
In IRES Vol.5 No.2
Author:
Gordon McGranahan
This article focuses on the importance of scale to understanding urban environmental burdens and sustainability. It examines urban environmental burdens at three different scales: (1) within urban areas, where the central concern is how the quality of urban environments affects the lives of the people who live in them; (2) within urban regions,...
Peer-reviewed Article
In IRES Vol.5 No.2
Author:
Peter Newman
Sustainability assessment is growing as a new way to integrate environmental matters with economic and social considerations. The emerging techniques and processes are examined in terms of their application to cities on three levels: projects, plans, and buildings. The global context is used to examine the development of sustainability assessment...