GOLD VI Report

The sixth edition of the GOLD report will be jointly produced by UCLG and KNOW and launched during the UCLG World Congress, which will take place in Daejeon (Republic of Korea), in October 2022. The report will be published under the title “Pathways to Urban and Territorial Equality: Addressing inequalities through local transformation strategies”.

The aim of the GOLD VI report will be to understand the state of urban and territorial inequalities worldwide and call for a step change in local and regional governments’ place in tackling this global challenge. It will analyze evidence of and articulate possible responses to the multiple manifestations of inequalities, focusing especially on their territorial dimension, and the opportunities for local and regional governments to take practical and where possible collective action against those inequalities.

GOLD VI will be organized through a series of chapters that present pathways that local governments, in collaboration with other actors, are taking to advance towards equality: Commoning, Caring, Connecting, Renaturing, Prospering and Democratizing. The report will conclude in a discussion of some of the challenges to mobilize transformative change at scale and the presentation of final recommendations. Through the lens that each of these chapters offers, a diversity of themes will be addressed, such as issues related to informality, housing, land, basic services, education, urban health, migration, violence and discrimination, food security, sustainable transport, digital connectivity, decent livelihoods, resilience, energy transition, decarbonisation, culture, finance, regional inequalities, all within a framework of political participation and accountability.

IBCs and CBCs: Key contributions to the GOLD VI report available now!

The new GOLD VI Report uses a methodology that involves direct engagement with over a hundred local and regional governments, civil society organizations and experts from around the world. As such, GOLD will not only be about producing an output, but about facilitating a rich process—supporting and strengthening multi-stakeholder dialogues and ensuring the participation and involvement of UCLG members.

Two of the outcomes of this large-scale international coproduction process are the GOLD VI Working Paper Series and the Pathways to Equality Cases Repository.

  • The GOLD VI Working Paper Series collects the 22 Issue-Based Contributions (IBCs) that were produced as part of the GOLD VI process. The IBCs have a thematic approach and give account of one specific dimension of inequalities and how it is experienced and tackled by LRGs, civil society and other stakeholders around the world.
  • The Pathways to Equality Cases Repository collects the 66 Case-Based Contributions (CBCs) that also enriched the GOLD VI process. The CBCs focus on one or several concrete practices implemented by cities, regions and communities in specific territories to tackle urban and territorial inequalities.

The chapters and pathways of the GOLD VI Report draw directly on the wealth of knowledge and experience included in these contributions.

Chapter 2. State of inequalities

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#01 “The Urban Dimensions of Inequality and Equality”, by Christopher Yap, Caren Levy and Camila Cociña
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#07 "The State of inequalities in Sub-Saharan African and Asian cities", by Wilbard J. Kombe, Neethi P., Keerthana Jagadeesh and Athira Raj
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#13 “The Differential Economic Geography of Regional and Urban Growth and Prosperity in Industrialised Countries”, by Philip McCann

Chapter 4. Commoning pathway

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#02 “Enabling access to quality local public services for all: a precondition to beat inequality”, by Daria Cibrario (PSI) and Vera Weghmann (Greenwich University)
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#14 “Defining and discussing the notion of commoning”, by Alessio Kolioulis (The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London)
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#15 'Housing systems and urban and territorial inequalities - bottom-up pathways to more equality-drive housing systems', by Eduard Cabré and Sophia Torres

Chapter 5. Caring pathway

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#03 “Socio-spatial inequality and local educational action in the construction of caring cities”, by Xavier Bonal, Yayo Herrero, Marina Canals, Mª Ángeles Cabeza and Aina Masgoret (AICE)
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#08 "Disability, Care and the City", by Julian Walker
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#16 “Cities can care for people and enable them to care for others, making urban health possible”, by Francisco Obando and Michael Keith (PEAK Urban Programme, School of Anthropology, University of Oxford)
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#17 “'Sanctuary Cities' How Do Cities Care for NewcomersAn Overview of Inclusive Local Responses to Migration”, by Alia Fakhry (German Council on Foreign Relations)

Chapter 6. Connecting pathway

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#09 “Inequalities in Everyday Urban Mobility”, by Tim Schwanen

Chapter 7. Re-naturing pathway

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#10 "Sustainable Energy Access in Urban Areas", by Modesta Tochi Alozie, Vanesa Castán Broto, Patty Romero-Lankao, Pedro Henrique Campello Torres and Matteo Muratori

Chapter 8. Prospering pathway

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#04 “Space-Blind and Place-Based Policy: Initiatives for Fostering Innovation and Growth”, by Philip McCann
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#05 “The Urban Informal Economy: Achieving Prospering and Territorial Equality”, by Caroline Skinner and Marty Chen (WIEGO)
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#11 "Conceptualising and measuring prosperity", by Henrietta L. Moore and Saffron Woodcraft

Chapter 9. Democratizing pathway

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#06 “The right to participate in urban cultural life: from inequalities to equity”, by Nicolás Barbieri
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#12 “Democratising pathways for equality in Latin America”, by Catalina Ortiz
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#18 “Democracy in cities and territories”, by Laura Roth (Universitat Jaume I)