block1At Quito, the world gets a New Urban Agenda

Habitat III met in Quito this month to adopt a” New Urban Agenda” for the world along with an actionable framework called “Quito Implementation Plan”. This will mark an “urban paradigm shift” in the way we plan, finance, develop, govern, and manage cities and human settlements in the next 20 years to come.

block1Citizen participation in local governance

Citizens need to participate actively in policy decisions of local democratic institutions argues Mr Varun Gandhi, MP – Lok Sabha, in his article in the Economic Times.

block1Measuring “SMART” in Smart Cities

The Bureau of Indian Standards released a Draft Indian Standard for Smart Cities – Indicators. These indicators will guide and measure the performance of city services and quality of life in Smart Cities. It shall be voluntary in nature but will lay down a set of minimum provisions for cities to be declared smart.Comments have been invited from the public on the draft. The last date for submission is the 29th of November, 2016.

block1V Ramachandran Awards for excellence in Urban Decentralisation

Applications are invited for the inaugural edition of the V Ramachandran Awards for Excellence in Urban Decentralisation. It seeks to recognize outstanding work that either enables decentralisation in cities through laws, policies and institutions or operationalizes decentralisation in cities through execution and implementation. Application form