GOLD VI Report

The sixth edition of the GOLD report will be jointly produced by UCLG and KNOW and launched in November 2022, 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 analyse 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, re-naturing, 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. 

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.

One of the outcomes of this large-scale international co-production process is the GOLD VI Working Paper Series, which collects the 22 Issue-Based Contributions produced as part of the GOLD VI process.

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

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)

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)

Chapter 6. Connecting pathway

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Chapter 7. Re-naturing pathway

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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)

Chapter 9. Democratizing pathway

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#06 “The right to participate in urban cultural life: from inequalities to equity”, by Nicolás Barbieri