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April 2015 Newsletter

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Update on Future Earth Urban Platform

The UGEC IPO, along with UGEC SSC members Patricia Romero Lankao and David Simon, recently finished putting the final touches on a working draft that details the background, aims, organizational structure, and initial research activities of the Future Earth Urban Platform (FEUP).  

This document is the result of the Scoping Meeting that was recently held at the National Atmospheric Research Center in Boulder, Colorado, USA, and is a product of the Future Earth Urban Cluster Proposal, Liveable Urban Futures.

The draft is currently out to the FEUP working group for edits and comments.  Once it is completed, we will be sure to post it on the FEUP website.

Recent Articles

Building the smart city: Moving beyond the critiques
(Part 1) & (Part 2)
by Federico Caprotti
Interested in submitting an article?  Visit our submission guidelines page for more details

Upcoming Articles:

April 21 - Alexei Trundle, RMIT University
April 28 - Corrie Griffith, UGEC Project
May 5 - Peter Marcotullio, Hunter College - CUNY
May 12 - Riyanti Djalante - Kendari City, Indonesia
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The latest issue of COES, “Bearing the Brunt of Environmental Change: Understanding Climate Adaptation and Transformation in African Cities“, is available online. Edited by David Simon and Hayley Leck, it is a result of a workshop of the same name held at Royal Holloway, University of London and co-sponsored by UGEC.

Click here to download the full issue

Recent Publications
Lwasa, S., Mugagga, F., Wahab, B., Simon, D., Connors, J.P., & Griffith, C. (2015) A meta-analysis of urban and prei-urban agriculture and forestry in mediating climate change. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 13, pp. 68-73. doi:10.1016/j.cosust.2015.02.003

Schwarz, K., Fragkias, M.Boone, C.G., Zhou, W.Q., McHale, M., Grove, J.M., O’Neil-Dunne, J., McFadden, J.P., Buckley, G.L., Childers, D., Ogden, L., Pincetl, S., Pataki, D., Whitmer, A., & Cadenasso, M.L. (2015). Trees Grown on Money: Urban Tree Canopy Cover and Environmental Justice. PLoS One, 10(4).doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0122051


Solecki, W. (2015). Hurricane Sandy in New York, extreme climate events and the urbanization of climate change: perspectives in the context of sub-Saharan African cities. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 13, pp. 88-94. doi:10.1016/j.cosust.2015.02.007

Simon, D. & Leck, H. (2015) Editorial overview: Sustainability challenges: assessing climate change adaptation in Africa. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 13, pp. iv – viii. doi:doi:10.1016/j.cosust.2015.03.002

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Upcoming Events

Future Earth Updates

Vacancy: Research Liaison Officer - Stockholm Hub
Deadline for Application: May 10th

First Future Earth Forum to be held in Montreal, Canada
April 20, 2015 at the Société des Arts Technologiques (SAT)
Click here to download the program

This 13th International Asian Urbanization Conference is being hosted by Regional Development, Faculty of Geography, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in association with the Asian Urban Research Association (AURA). AURA was established in January 1986 and is housed at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, USA. It is a non-profit research organization whose primary purpose is to promote the study of urbanization, urban growth and to organize Asian Urbanization Conferences. The conferences are biennial (held every other/alternate year) and have resulted in many publications. The scholarly legacy of the original organizers and the successful history of these conferences have served to brand this conference as of a recognized quality for a diversity of scholars and practitioners across the globe.”

Deadline for Abstract Submission: April 30th, 2015

Click here to visit the conference website

Stakeholder feedback on the indicators for the SDGs in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

On March 19, 2015, a technical report was released by the Bureau of the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC) on the process of the development of an indicator framework for the goals and targets of the post-2015 development agenda ( This report was discussed during the March inter-governmental negotiating session of the post-2015 development agenda.

DESA-DSD and UN-NGLS invite non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations and organizations participating in the Major Groups to contribute their views and assessment of the draft indicators by completing the online google form at:

Stakeholder feedback on the indicators for the SDGs in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

A synthesis report and associated compilation document of inputs will be submitted to the Secretariat of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goals (IAEG).

Deadline for comments is April 26th