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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 11:28
The stacks of business cards have grown high and the days have blurred together. The Ninth Session of the World Urban Forum has been closed today. The biennial event has cemented its status as the premier place on the planet for anyone interested in the nuts and bolts of cities to immerse themselves in nearly every aspect of urban issues, from technical data collection methods to complex legal... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 11:11
I was in Boston last week. Apart from the bone-numbing cold, what struck me most was its public transport system, which is much better than in most US cities. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s omnipresent “T” signs guided me towards a multitude of subway lines, buses and commuter trains that made a car far less essential than in many other parts of the United States. In fact,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 10:24
We, the participants of the Ninth session of the World Urban Forum — representing  national, subnational and local governments, parliamentarians, civil society, older persons, women, youth, children, persons with disabilities, grassroots groups, indigenous peoples and local communities, private sector, foundations and philanthropies, international and regional organizations, academia,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 10:05
On Thursday, January 11, the Africa Growth Initiative at Brookings released its annual Foresight Africa report, highlighting six key priorities for the continent in the year 2018. In the second chapter of the report, Sustainable financing for economic development: Mobilizing Africa’s resources, scholars discuss the urgency of boosting domestic resource mobilization in Africa, especially as the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 09:58
The speed and scale of urbanisation brings challenges, including growing demand for affordable housing, efficient transport systems and basic service KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Only about half of 150 countries surveyed have adopted laws governing urban development despite growing pressure for governments to embed cities into national strategies, experts said. A report by... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 09:58
Challenge facing cities is to build infrastructure - from flood defences to transport systems - that involves communities while providing solutions to multiple challenges KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A multi-million dollar project launched on Sunday aims to connect urban officials with researchers to drive forward projects that will help cities adapt to growing pressures -... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 09:50
Five of the top 10 most congested cities in the world are located in the United States, according to a global traffic scorecard published annually by Inrix, a company that aggregates and analyzes traffic data collected from vehicles and highway infrastructure. Los Angeles is the most congested city in the world, followed by New York City and Moscow, which are tied for the second place spot.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 09:48
Kuala Lumpur, 9 February 2018 –The UN-Habitat Executive Director today announced the theme of World Cities Day 2018: Building Sustainable and Resilient Cities. The announcement was made at the World Cities Day Forum held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, during the Ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9) currently underway. The Executive Director was joined in the session by Mr. Ni Hong, Vice-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 09:46
Investing in informal settlements and slum upgrading can leverage the socio-economic potential of sustainable urbanization and transformation leading to “inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable communities and cities” worldwide. In African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries especially, large scale interventions in informal settlements and slum upgrading have not taken off considerably to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 09:06
"Urbanisation can be an opportunity for development and a tool for development" KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations chief in charge of cities says urbanisation is about much more than building skyscrapers. It is people that really get her going. In her first media interview since becoming head of the U.N.'s urban agency, the ex-mayor said it was city dwellers who... Read more

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