Urban Themes

[ Opportunities ] Posted on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 12:15
Closing date: Wednesday, 20 December 2017 Posting Title: Programme Management Officer, P3 Job Code Title: Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements Department/ Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme Duty Station: NAIROBI Posting Period: 6 November 2017-20 December 2017 Job Opening number: 17-HUM-UNHABITAT-87174-R-NAIROBI (R) Staffing Exercise ID: N/A United Nations Core Values:... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 12:13
Closing date: Thursday, 7 December 2017 Posting Title: INTERN - HUMAN SETTLEMENTS, I (Temporary Job Opening) Job Code Title: INTERN - SOCIAL SCIENCES Department/ Office: Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean Duty Station: SANTIAGO Posting Period: 8 November 2017-7 December 2017 Job Opening number: 17-SOC-ECLAC-88513-J-SANTIAGO (T) Staffing Exercise ID: N/A United Nations Core... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 11:14
US cities and states pledge, ‘we’re still in’ Despite the unofficial US Climate Action pavilion being built by private funds, cities and states arrived in Bonn led by Jerry Brown, Governor of California, and Michael Bloomberg, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. A total of 20 US states, 110 cities, and over 1,400 businesses with US operations representing nearly 1.... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 11:09
THE WORLD BANK GROUP Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2014, the WBG committed $65.6 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $22.2 billion was concessional finance to its poorest members. It is governed by 188 member countries and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 16:16
Hurricane Maria created immense devastation in Puerto Rico, leaving the island and its people facing a long recovery process. Crucially, its electric grid suffered such widespread damage that, a month after the storm, 75 percent of the island remains without electricity, and it could take up to six months before all the power is restored. There is little the average resident can do but wait.... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 16:08
The need for cities to fully harness the potential of data constantly flowing through them has never been more urgent. Data Driven Cities: 20 Stories of Innovation, highlights examples from around the world of how cities are doing exactly this: using new technology, data collection and analysis to improve services and liveability for their citizens. The report is part of a wider initiative by the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 15:36
(IPS) – Rapid urbanization is increasingly shifting the impacts of malnutrition from rural to urban areas. One in three stunted under-five children out of 155 million across the world now lives in cities and towns. Degrading land productivity, deepening impacts of changes in climate, conflict, and food insecurity, poverty and lack of livelihood opportunities are driving mostly the rural poor into... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 15:10
Throughout the course of history, cities have been hubs of diversity, creativity and economic growth. Across the globe, people are moving to cities looking for jobs, education and a better life. Every two weeks, the world’s urban population grows by 3 million people – roughly the size of Chicago. Constrained by legacy infrastructure and tight budgets, local governments are challenged to support... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 13, 2017 - 14:56
A new global standard for reporting cities’ greenhouse gas emissions inventories has been announced by the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy during the Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders at COP23, hosted by Bonn. The reporting framework is a harmonised protocol for local-scale greenhouse gas reporting and will allow cities to track their contributions and impacts in a... Read more
[ 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