resilience starts with information
Sense of well-being falls
In a year that saw natural disasters, mass shootings and political upheaval, a healthy economy didn’t seem to improve Americans’ dispositions.
Many states witnessed declines in the 2017 Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index, which measures how people feel about themselves. As a result, there was an overall national decline for the first time in the index’s 10-year history, according to the survey, released last week.
Indiana’s ranking improved, though it’s still near the bottom.
Using measures of purpose, social interaction, financial security, community pride and health, the index attempts to help communities and businesses make decisions on health care and job productivity. The 2017 report is based on cellphone and landline…
UNESCO demonstrates multi-pronged approach to resilient cities
By 2050, the world will be two-thirds urban, placing cities at the frontline of global challenges and opportunities. Migration is a major factor of urbanisation, contributing significantly to economic development and cultural diversity. As people and assets concentrate in cities, these become increasingly vulnerable to the impact of climate change, disasters and conflicts. Yet if planned and managed well, cities will become an engine for sustainable development.
For cities to be inclusive, safe and resilient, governments, mayors and local stakeholders need urban policies that integrate the soft power of culture, education, science and social integration, as suggested in the New Urban Agenda adopted at the Habitat III conference in 2016. UNESCO’s participation at the 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 7-13 February 2018, demonstrated this with five events engaging international and local voices on how cities can forge a sustainable future…