Greener cities and healthier inhabitants through urban cultivation

The high-rise One central park function with its plant-covered façade as a vertical park in Sydney. The plants also help protect the apartments from sunlight during the summer months. Picture by Hans Veneman.

Of: Linda Ljuslin

Through urban cultivation, people in cities can get locally grown food at the same time as it contributes to green cities and creates community among the inhabitants. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), an area of ​​only one square meter can provide up to 20 kilos of food.

November 6, 2018, Chronicle

We want to give you knowledge and perspective about the world

Smog in Cairo.

Although sustainable cities are crucial to the planet's survival, it is rarely discussed in the media or politics. Here's smog over Cairo. Photo: Sebastian Horndasch, CC BY 2.0

Of: Kerstin Edquist

How do we really portray the world? This is an issue that FUF's editorial staff has struggled with many times. What prejudices do we have? What colonial heritage do we carry with us when we write? In which parts of the world are our major knowledge gaps? And what stereotypes do we create about different people and countries? To turn and rotate […]

November 1, 2018, Leader

The streets of Yangon are for young healthy men

Of: Ida Leden

When I think of sustainable cities, I am immediately thrown back into my time as an exchange student in the multimillion-dollar city of Yangon, Myanmar. The bustling and loud traffic that I could stand for a long time and be fascinated by. How a system crystallized out of what at first I only experienced as chaos. The narrow sidewalks with high edges and insidious […]

November 1, 2018, Chronicle

Tourists who treat themselves - a challenge for Barcelona

Tourists watching the sunset over Barcelona.

Barcelona's tourists contribute to the city's economy, but they also create rubbish, emissions and high housing prices.

Of: Agnes Karlsson

Increased tourism can have both positive and negative consequences for the world's cities. The city of Barcelona, ​​whose population is more than doubled annually through tourism, lives largely on visitors. At the same time, the city suffers from high housing prices and emissions from holidaymakers who want to indulge.

November 1, 2018, FUF-correspondents

The battle for sustainable development is being decided in the cities

Favelan Rocinha in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

One billion people live in urban slums. The neighborhood where children grow up is of great importance for their life opportunities, the guest columnists write. Photo: Max Pixel

Of: Elin Andersdotter Fabre and Miriam Matthiessen

Did you know it's World Cities Day today? In the light of the new IPCC report on the climate crisis, we should take advantage of this day and ensure that citizens, decision-makers and people working on development issues understand the role that cities play in shaping our future. Sustainable development has become an increasingly common term in […]

October 31, 2018, Guest chronicle

Cities the key to saving the world's oceans

Of: Barbara Jackson, Elin Andersdotter Fabre, Johan Hassel, Maja Brisvall and Sara Borgström

Today, attention is paid to the water issue in connection with International Water Day. Water is also high on Sweden's international agenda during the spring. In June, Sweden and Fiji will host a UN conference that will address the catastrophic situation that prevails beneath the surface of the world's oceans. It is high time to seriously talk about the underlying causes of one of the most devastating crises of our time, write representatives from research and civil society.

March 22, 2017, Debate

Global agenda requires local implementation

Of: Elin Andersdotter Fabre and Johan Hassel

The importance of cities for global development is growing as the world becomes more urbanized. Therefore, global challenges must be tackled at the local level. Today marks the start of Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Urban Development, in Ecuador's capital Quito. Nordic cities can and should take the lead in the transition to sustainable development - let the conference be the starting point for this, write Johan Hassel and Elin Andersdotter Fabre from the think tank Global Challenge.

October 17, 2016, Debate