Gregory Scruggs is a journalist based in Seattle. He has a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a master's degree from Columbia University. A specialist in Latin America and the Caribbean, he was a Fulbright scholar in Brazil. His coverage of the Habitat III summit and global urbanization won a 2017 United Nations Correspondent Association award. He coordinates the Seattle chapter of the Solutions Journalism Network.
Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson has dedicated his post-presidency to the Arctic Circle Assembly, the largest international gathering on the far north. Arctic stakeholders will meet in Reykjavik this week to discuss everything from sustainable housing for extreme cold to fostering livelihoods for Inuit youth.
An underdeveloped region that finds itself inside the jurisdiction of rich nations, the Arctic poses unique development challenges. Devex speaks with over a dozen Arctic experts, who offer key advice for outsiders looking to dip their toes into the region's icy waters.
Under new leadership — and pushing the New Urban Agenda — the sometimes unsung UN-Habitat is poised to offer many opportunities for development organizations and professionals, says Raf Tuts, UN-Habitat's director of programs. Tuts gives Devex the lowdown on what the UN's city-focused agency is looking for.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has convened its first conference on the science of cities’ role in climate change. Some 750 scientists, urban thinkers, and city leaders gathered in Canada in response to a landmark decision by the IPCC in 2016 to include a special urban-focused research track for the first time. Devex reports on the key takeaways.
As the international community gears up to review global progress toward Sustainable Development Goal 11, the so-called “urban SDG,” urban development issues are increasingly seen by many as essential to deliver on the entire 2030 agenda. At the World Urban Forum in Malaysia, the message was clear: "We need to get our cities right."
Scott Jackson helms Global Impact, based in Washington, D.C., which fundraises for international humanitarian causes and has raised $1.8 billion since it was founded in 1956. At the Global Washington summit he spoke to Devex about how, where and why American workers give to development and humanitarian causes.
The 28-year-old founder of Voice of Libyan Women is the only United Nations high-level commissioner under the age of 45. In her Sustainable Development Goal advocate role she sits alongside superstars such as Argentine football player Lionel Messi and Colombian singer Shakira. She talked to Devex at the Global Washington summit about feminism, the role of celebrities in development, and what makes a truly female-empowering foreign policy.
The Trump administration's America First stance and proposed deep cuts to the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development have left many looking for tactics to defend overseas spending. Try national security, business opportunities or religious faith, experts tell the Global Washington summit.
Key leaders at the Global Washington summit warned the professional development community in the United States that domestic humanitarian problems such as homelessness, poverty, refugee resettlement, and immigrant deportation should occupy more of their attention.
The adoption of the the sustainable development goals brings a renewed focus on urbanization, and this could bring a sea change in how aid happens, Citiscope's Carey L. Biron and Greg Scruggs share in this guest commentary.