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Global Local: Road maintenance

Maintaining local roads This week, we’re looking at road maintenance – as “pothole season” gets underway in the Northern Hemisphere and flood-hit Australian councils face thousands of potholes, stretching budgets and risking driver safety. Local road quality is a highly visible issue. It affects how residents feel about where they live and in turn how they vote in local elections…

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Global Local: Coastal protection

Coastal protection This week we look at how local governments can reduce the risk of coastline erosion to communities – while reducing ecosystem disruption from solutions.  Coastal protection or management is the defence of coasts and coastal communities from erosion, coastline retreat and flooding. As sea level rise continues, many coastal communities – who make up 40%…

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Global Local: Age-friendly communities

Age-friendly communities Each week we focus on a different global topic, highlighting innovative content and insights from LGIU and our members around the world.   Widespread increased longevity, usually coinciding with lower fertility rates, means that the world’s population is ageing. By 2050, the majority of the world will likely live in high- or hyper-ageing…

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Global Local: Quarterly round-up April 2022

Quarterly Round-up This Global Local edition brings together the content we’ve featured so far this year, along with survey findings and a look ahead to the coming months. It has been a turbulent start to 2022 so far for local government globally. Challenges have kept coming: from uneasy hybrid working transitions, to major flooding, to…

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Global Local: Social procurement

Social procurement This week’s edition of Global Local focuses on how local governments can use their public procurement powers to improve social outcomes, both within their communities and throughout the supply chain. Public procurement accounts for between 12% to 20% of global GDP – representing up to 11 trillion US dollars per year. Subnational governments…

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Global Local: Ukraine resources

Local government and the impact of the Ukraine invasion As this week’s content is directly relevant to your topics of interest, we’re sharing the latest edition of Global Local with you. This edition brings together our most recent resources, commentary and events about the Ukraine invasion. More information about Global Local is available here. Mayors and local government…

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Global Local: The energy crisis

How can we make energy more affordable? With higher energy costs globally contributing to cost of living concerns, this week’s edition of Global Local explores some of the steps local government can take to reduce energy costs and fuel poverty. Global energy prices have soared in recent months, with natural gas, electricity and coal just…

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Global Local: International Women’s Day 2022

International Women’s Day 2022 This week’s edition of Global Local celebrates International Women’s Day, turning a critical eye to both the role of women in local government and local government’s role in improving the lives of women and girls in communities. This year’s IWD theme: #BreakTheBias Within local government, biases can hold back both women’s…

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Global Local: Weatherproof active travel

Weatherproof active travel This week’s edition of Global Local focuses on how local government can help to make active travel safe and appealing all year round. Active travel, including walking and cycling, surged in popularity in many places at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, as many people looked for a socially distanced way of…

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Global Local: Housing affordability

Housing affordability: addressing the crisis Each week we focus on a different global topic, highlighting innovative content and insights from LGIU and our members around the world.   In 2016, the UN reported that almost 90% of cities were considered unaffordable (house prices at more than 3 times the median household income). However, in many developed…

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