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[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 13, 2017 - 14:41
In 2017, being a "smart city" isn't just about having fast internet. Officials around the world are gathering all types of data — on traffic, pollution levels, and energy use — to make their cities safer, healthier, and more efficient. The definition of a smart city has recently broadened to include environmental sustainability, affordable and reliable transit, access to education, and a local... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, November 10, 2017 - 12:58
Cities generate two-thirds of global energy demand and greenhouse-gas emissions, prompting much discussion on the needed role of local authorities in combating climate change. Global networks of city leaders have reaffirmed their commitment to doing their share to achieve global climate targets, and the number of such mayors is ever increasing. As exciting as it is to see such momentum from... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, November 10, 2017 - 12:58
Facing a new reality in the wake of monster storms, unprecedented flooding, dangerous and record-breaking heat and drought, wildfires and other challenges, cities stand determined to set their own framework for climate action. That framework increasingly includes not just working to mitigate the immediate problem but reaching across geographical and political boundaries to increase resilience,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 18:49
Children need freedom and opportunities to play and use their imagination. For this reason, they thrive in cities and walkable communities - places where they are not shuttled around in cars and isolated in oversized suburban homes surrounded by highways and big box stores. But, it is rare to come across examples of cities where the youngest citizens are actively engaged in urban planning and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 18:46
United Nations Day, 24 October 2017, has marked the official opening of the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme Regional Office at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. The office will reach out to municipalities, states and partners to develop partnerships and projects to advance the Sustainable Development Goals and the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact. Elizabeth Ryan, the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 18:44
Manama 8 November 2017—UN-Habitat in collaboration with The Supreme Council for Women and the Bahrain Engineering Association organised the Bahrain Conference on Women and Engineering and a training workshop on Gender in Urban Planning and Design in Manama early this week. The conference was held under the Patronage of Princess Sabika bent Ibrahim First Lady of Bahrain and was inaugurated by the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 18:39
There are so many great things that come with city living, from the short commute to work, to the endless entertainment options. But unfortunately all of this comes at a cost. It doesn’t matter whether you’re renting in Rio or a homeowner in Hanoi, living in a major metropolis can be extremely expensive. Somewhat surprisingly, it is the world’s emerging economies that have the least... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 15:55
By 2020, 365 million Americans will live in cities, and with that increase in urbanization comes concerns over public safety. In a new report, the Brookings Institution examines how digital technology, mobile networks, and integrated solutions help officials in 17 global cities, including two U.S. cities, manage public safety and law enforcement. “As more people move, cities face a critical need... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 14:52
When humans settled into larger villages and towns some 12,000 years ago along with the advance of agriculture, wildlife took advantage. Those species “preadapted” to survive in early cities, including mice and rats, grabbed onto the coattails of modern civilization and haven’t looked back since. Now they pretty much depend on the underbelly of human society for survival. A new study published in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 6, 2017 - 16:13
Hong Kong has been ranked the top city worldwide for sustainable transport in the 2017 Sustainable Cities Mobility Index from Arcadis. The research examined 100 major cities across 23 different indicators to give an indicative ranking of the mobility and sustainability of their transportation systems. Hong Kong leads the pack thanks to its well-connected and innovative transport network which... Read more

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