More than 1.35 million people die from road crashes every year – a preventable crisis that is not being solved at the rapid pace needed. On February 17-21, transport minister-led delegations from around 80 countries met in Stockholm, Sweden, to address the issue at the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety.
WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities conducted the sixth workshop of the ongoing technical assistance program TheCityFix Labs México. The main objective of the workshop, held in Xalapa, Mexico, was to help the local government project sponsors refine their financial strategies and provide an initial opportunity to practice the pitches before making their presentations to financial institutions.
RELEASE: WRI Ross Center Prize for Cities 2020-2021 Opens; Now Accepting Applications for Transformative Urban Climate Projects
ABU DHABI (February 10, 2020)—Today, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities launched the second cycle of the WRI Ross Center Prize for Cities, a global competition that celebrates transformative urban change. The announcement comes during the 10th session of the United Nations World Urban Forum, the world’s largest gathering of urban changemakers. Applications are now being accepted for the Prize for Cities, which will award $250,000 to one winner and $25,000 each to four runners-up.
WASHINGTON (January 16, 2020) — A new road safety challenge launched today aims to help cities in Latin America and the Caribbean create systemic change to reduce traffic deaths and serious injuries. Coordinated by WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, the Vision Zero Challenge will train city leaders on how to make streets safer for children, how to improve infrastructure and speeds, how to set policies and attract financing, and more; and five participating cities will be selected as #Vision2Action Champion Cities.
WASHINGTON (December 18, 2019) — The number of urban residents who lack safely managed sanitation services has increased from 1.9 billion in 2000 to 2.3 billion in 2015, costing $223 billion a year globally in health costs and lost productivity and wages. According to new research from WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, the problem is even more dire than most realize, particularly for low-income households in dense urban areas whose needs have often been overlooked.