Urban Themes

[ Document ] Posted on Monday, November 6, 2017 - 16:16
Cities and their policymakers face enormous pressures as they seek to meet today’s mobility challenges. As rapid urbanization, aging infrastructure, population growth and climate change continue to challenge our world’s cities, those that choose to make bold moves in advancing and diversifying their urban transport systems will gain a competitive advantage –- we see that investing in improved and... 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
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 6, 2017 - 16:06
New Delhi, India, November 1, 2017: The Global Platform for Sustainable Cities, orGPSC, announced an important development during their 2nd annual conference this week: India is establishing its own platform for sustainable cities, to mirror the expanding initiative. India’s announcement at the conference – attended by 200 mayors and other municipal officials, academics, and business leaders... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 6, 2017 - 15:04
This year’s theme for World Cities Day, “Innovative Governance, Open Cities,” emphasizes the implementation of the global New Urban Agenda and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through the creation of livable, sustainable cities conducive to inclusive growth and development. Smart cities in particular can be key tools toward achieving these global goals. The International... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 6, 2017 - 13:05
In late September, London made headlineswhen it stripped popular ride-hailing app Uber of its license to operate in the city. The wall-to-wall coverage that followed the decision was a sign, if any more were needed, that we are on the cusp of an urban mobility revolution. Ride-hailing systems, car- and bicycle-sharing networks, trip-planning apps and other innovative services that capitalize on... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 6, 2017 - 12:51
In 2015, the Narendra Modi Government has come up with Smart Cities Mission to digitally and economically transform nearly 100 cities in the country. Since a big pie of the GDP comes from these cities, the Government is quite keen on this transformation. According to the Government, a smart city is seen to be: Housing and inclusiveness- Expanding housing opportunities for all. The real estate,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 6, 2017 - 12:21
The UN is warning that we are now on course for 3C of global warming. This will ultimately redraw the map of the world When UN climate negotiators meet for summit talks this month, there will be a new figure on the table: 3C. Until now, global efforts such as the Paris climate agreement have tried to limit global warming to 2C above pre-industrial levels. However, with latest projections pointing... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 6, 2017 - 12:04
Earlier this month, an international sustainability conference brought together 400 sustainability experts, engineers and political leaders representing 50 ‘Lighthouse’ cities to discuss the threat of climate change Unlike other sustainability conferences, where discussions rarely ever turn into action, this was a little different. The emphasis here was on the role of residents, businesses, and... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 14:14
When three decades of conflict ended in May 2009 in Sri Lanka, approximately 450,000 people had been displaced, with many having to rebuild their lives after having their houses destroyed, having lost family members and with no proper means of livelihood. The Post-Conflict Reconstruction Programme in Sri Lanka’s Northern and Eastern Provinces implemented by UN-Habitat, provided numerous... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 13:41
Today’s world is undergoing fundamental changes. On one hand, globalization is reaching a new level despite some ups and downs, emerging economies represented by China are growing rapidly and the global landscape has experienced and will continue to see more changes to come. On the other, technology innovation is striving to come up with breakthroughs; it has changed and will continue to reshape... Read more