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Posted on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 09:30
There's a lot of talking at the World Urban Forum. There's also a lot of pre-talking so that all the talking has a focus. The result is these concept papers that will guide many of the discussions in Medellín. All of which are pointed toward the general theme of the whole event: “Urban Equity in Development - Cities for Life”   Main concept paper for the WUF7 Urban Equity in Development -... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 11:13
Urban areas around the world are becoming not just the dominant form of habitat for humankind, but also the engine-rooms of human and economic development as a whole. Over 50 per cent of the global population now lives in cities and it is expected that by 2050 seventy per cent (70%) of humanity will be urban. Urban population growth is predominantly taking place in cities in developing countries... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 10:07
  Calling on the international community to “get cities right” so the impacts of rapid urbanization can be better managed and sustainable development for all can be achieved, the United Nations (UN) and civil society experts said that it is how countries plan, build, and manage their cities today that will determine the outcome of global efforts to achieve a sustainable future. The UN Human... Read more
Posted on Monday, April 7, 2014 - 10:18
As cities grow, the effect of urban sprawl on pollution, poverty, and shared prosperity is an increasing concern, underscoring the need for long-term planning to ensure urban areas are low-carbon and livable, inclusive, competitive, and resilient in the face of climate change, disasters, and other shocks. How to finance these vast needs in a rapidly urbanizing world will be discussed this week... Read more
Posted on Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 11:13
The 12 rules of sustainable urbanism are enshrined in the Freiburg Charter, a document produced by what is possibly the world's most sustainable city; the city which won the World Habitat Award in 2013. Situated in southern Germany it has long been a beacon of sustainable urban development and has already received many awards over the last 30 years, including the European City of the Year 2010 (... Read more
Posted on Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 08:45
With rapid urbanisation, sustainable mobility patterns demand rational connection between transportation and land use planning The United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (UN HABITAT), with its headquarters in Nairobi, recently released its publication titled Planning and Design for Sustainable Human Mobility. This publication was produced as a Global Report on Human Settlements 2013. The... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 17:11
Final report of the Sustainable Cities Days took place in the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 11 to 13 December 2013. The meeting brought together ministers, mayors, high-level representation of the United Nations and representatives of local associations, with the objective to share solutions that are currently being implemented to ensure the sustainability of the cities. 
Posted on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 10:45
About half the world's population now lives in cities, and it's estimated that by the middle of this century, 70 percent of the world will be urbanized. According to a recently released report, the National New Urbanization Plan in China (2014-2020), 60 percent of China's population will live in cities within six years, that is about a 6 percent increase on the present numbers. The city of... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 09:48
How Gritty, Crime-Ridden Medellín Became a Model for 21st-Century Urbanism The Medellín Cartel, headed by Pablo Escobar, perhaps the only drug lord to become a worldwide household name, transported billions of dollars worth of cocaine, which had surpassed coffee as Colombia’s leading export by 1982. Arriving on U.S. shores, the exploits of cocaine cowboys made Miami the murder capital of the... Read more
Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 - 10:33
If your daily commute involves battling peak-hour traffic or scouring inner-city streets for a car park, the thought of cycling may have crossed your mind.Like many people though, you may have been deterred from getting ‘‘on your bike’’ for several reasons, such as fear of riding on busy roads, not being able to take off quickly enough at intersections, or the thought of arriving at work sweaty... Read more