Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 10:32
URBAN PLANNERS TALK about two visions of the future city: heaven and hell. Hell, in case it's not clear, is bad—cities built for technologies, big companies, and vehicles instead of the humans who actually live in them. And hell, in some ways, is here. Today's US cities are dominated by highways there were built by razing residential neighborhoods. Few sidewalks and fewer bike lanes. It's all... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 08:38
Guangzhou, 31 October 2017 – UN-Habitat joined partners around the world in celebrating World Cities Day under the theme Innovative Governance, Open Cities.  The global celebration was marked in Guangzhou, China, where Dr Joan Clos, UN-Habitat’s Executive Director, delivered his official statement and in Shanghai, where he unveiled an urban statue dedicated to the day, which promotes the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 15:31
The United Nations General Assembly has designated the 31st of October as World Cities Day, by its resolution 68/239. The Day is expected to greatly promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world.... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 15:24
Resilient Cities is the annual global forum on urban resilience and adaptation convened in Bonn, Germany. The congress series provides an international platform to share the latest knowledge, good practices, challenges, and innovations for creating more resilient cities. It also serves as an annual meeting point to track local progress on the resilience targets of Sustainable Development Goal 11... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 14:55
Today, there are more than one billion migrants in the world, representing a seventh of the world’s population. This level of human mobility is unprecedented and continues to rise at a rapid rate. This one billion is comprised of an estimated 244 million international migrants and 763 million internal migrants – over three times the number. Yet it is international migration that seems to... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 12:59
The World Economic Forum has released a report taking a deep dive on migration and cities, exploring the types, causes and patterns of migration, the most affected corridors and cities, the impact on urban infrastructure and services, the solutions that can be employed and how cities can seek to future proof themselves to address this growing challenge. The report captures the migration... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 12:38
One hundred and fifty-nine cities have presented an appeal to the United Nations Secretary and all UN agencies to recognise their role in shaping sustainable food systems. The call came during an annual gathering of Milan Urban Food Policy Pact cities, this year hosted by Valencia. During the three-day summit, Toronto and the capital of Madagascar, Antananarivo, were announced as winners of the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 12:13
Parking may seem like a “pedestrian” topic (pun intended). However, parking is of increasing importance in metropolitan areas worldwide. On average, motor vehicles are parked 95% of the time. Yet most transport analysis focuses on vehicles when they are moving. Substantial amounts of land and buildings are set aside to accommodate “immobile” vehicles. In Australia, Brisbane provides 25,633... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 11:51
Lessons from the Philippine city of Naga and the turnaround efforts of its former six-term mayor. When the late Jesse Robredo was elected mayor of Naga in 1988, the Philippine city was in dire financial straits. Its coffers were in the red, its tax base had eroded to only 2,000 enterprises and tax avoidance was endemic, exacerbated by rumours that local officials were receiving kickbacks from a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 - 17:18
In 2015, over a billion people migrated: 244 million went abroad and 763 million moved within their home country. Some boarded planes to start a new job in another country. Some risked their lives in overcrowded boats, fleeing war or famine. And others left the countryside in search of jobs and a better quality of life. What the vast majority have in common is that they ended up moving to a... Read more

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