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Sweden has announced a big jump in spending (US$546 million) on renewable energy and climate change action in their 2016 budget,   The aim is to become one of the world's first nations to end dependence on fossil fuels. 

A new bridge in Portland, Oregon carries pedestrians, cyclists, buses, trams and light rail metro - but no cars or trucks.

A new publication that can be downloaded for free sets guidelines for how to plan and manage metropolitan development.

Sri Lanka is planning to develop a "megapolis" based on Colombo to boost its economy and compete with other South Asian nations.

Working together to achieve a common vision for change is a key requirement for urban economic regeneration, argues a new report based on research in 4 US cities.

The European Council of Spatial Planners is inviting nominations from cities interested in hosting the 12th Biennial of European Towns and Town Planning in 2017. this year's event will be held in Dublin in October.

Despite the pace of urbanization and the economic importance of cities, many leading politicians in Africa are still focused on rural areas.

Ghana's fifth National Urban Forum was convened on 25 August to reflect on the theme “Building Resilient Cities: Deepening Spatial Planning and Land Value Capture for Development in Ghana.” Previous meetings of the Forum have contributed to the Ghana Urban Policy and its Action Plan to improve city conditions.  The Ghana Urban Agenda has been accepted at Presidential level.  President John Dramani Mahama is a champion of the new African Urban Agenda.

The changes taking place in South Asian cities are th focus of a major conference in Lahore next year, for which proposals for paper are now invited. The organisers make the point that much urban research has focused on Europe and North America, while the dramatic urbanisation of South Asia has received much less attention.

The Foreign Ministers of the 28 European Union countries have called on Israel “to halt plans for forced transfer of population and demolition of Palestinian housing and infrastructure” in the village of Susiya in the West Bank. Eleven members of the US Congress have also written to Secretary of State John Kerry about the plight of the village.

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