Urban Themes

[ 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
[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 17:04
A housing profile is the first step within the overall framework of the UN-Habitat Global Housing Strategy which aims to position “Housing at the Center” of national and urban development, as an imperative for economic, environmental, cultural and socially inclusive cities. The housing profile of Egypt uses a comprehensive approach to the factors influencing housing in the country from housing... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 16:50
The Summit The RICS World Built Environment Forum Summit reconvenes in London in 2018. These two days of cutting edge debates will focus on the commercial strategies needed to harness the enormous potential of the 21st century’s people and places. Key themes: How development of collaborative infrastructure, trade and knowledge networks can generate inclusive wealth and wellbeing and inspire... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 16:23
More than half of the world's seven billion people live in urban areas, a figure expected to grow to 66 percent by 2050 KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The world's largest conference on cities opens on Wednesday as policymakers and activists strive to drive forward an ambitious 20-year road map for sustainable urban development. More than 20,000 delegates are expected at the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 15:42
Cities from five continents have been selected to contribute to the development of a global framework for water resilience. The City Water Resilience Framework, developed by Arup with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, will help cities better prepare for and respond to shocks and stresses to their water systems. Amman, Cape Town, Mexico City, Greater Miami and the Beaches, and Hull were... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 12:38
There are plenty of organizations that seem to be working on answers to secure smart cities, but in many ways it's like the early days of cloud computing with everyone building their own solutions. In an earlier post about smart city security, I made the case that there are two entrenched sides that, almost like the current political divide, are appealing to different audiences. I said that even... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 12:22
In less than a week, the ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF), the largest international stakeholder gathering for passionate urbanists, will take place in Malaysia. It is the second time that the Forum is being held in Asia, and Kuala Lumpur, one of the most vibrant cities in the region, will be the host for more than 20,000 participants from all over the world. As the first... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 11:47
Around 20,000 urbanists will gather in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia next week for the 9th World Urban Forum. But WUF9’s preparations for a quadrennial report will only mark the beginning of a laborious year. For veterans of the global urban development scene, the World Urban Forum marks a watershed moment of sorts. For the first time since UN-Habitat hosted a global conference on cities at its Nairobi... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 11:24
2017 sparked new momentum towards building organizational climate resilience. Milestones included many influential public and private organization initiatives and a renewed commitment to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius and new opportunities in the low-carbon economy. Costly, volatile extreme weather events demonstrated that organizations must prepare for a new normal. In June, the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 11:37
India’s smart-city program offers a road map for cities working to prepare for mass urbanization with limited funds. In the next 15 years, about 200 million people will move from rural areas in India to the country’s urban centers. The shift will be massive, almost equal to the current populations of France, Germany, and the United Kingdom combined. While urbanization increases productivity and... Read more

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