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Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 09:05
Since the second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements celebrated in Istanbul in 1996, the world has changed dramatically. In the early 1990s, the percentage of people living in urban areas was just over 42 per cent, in 2015 it was 54 per cent, and in 2030, it is expected to be 60 per cent. By 2050, 7 in 10 people would be urban dwellers, the first time in history that the majority of... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 12:26
The Covenant of Mayors (CoM) was launched in 2008 by the European Commission to support the efforts deployed by local authorities in the implementation of sustainable energy and climate policies. At 4 September 2016, 6201 local authorities from 54 countries had joined the initiative, representing 213 million inhabitants. Today, the JRC analysis of the Sustainable Energy Action Plans points out... Read more
Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 16:26
7 November 2016: In 2007, the UN adopted a target of becoming climate neutral by 2020, and its ‘Greening the Blue’ report provides an annual overview of progress. The 2016 edition, released on the eve of the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), shows that 32 UN agencies have achieved carbon neutrality. UN entities can offset their... Read more
Posted on Friday, November 4, 2016 - 09:52
PwC is heavily involved in helping governments to build future-ready, urbanised economies that are sustainable and resilient for the long term. Through our Building Better Cities report, we’re mapping out the current and future role of 28 cities in all 21 members of APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation). In this study, which focuses on the role urban centres play in the context of APEC’s... Read more
Posted on Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 09:40
This guide is part of the BICYCLE IN THE PLANS Campaign, organized in Brazil by the associations Bike Anjo, Transporte Ativo and UCB - União de Ciclistas do Brasil , supported by ICS - Instituto Clima e Sociedade, whose purpose is to offer guidelines for civil society, citizens, municipality officials and decision-making agents and politicians on INCLUDING BICYCLES as mode of transportation in... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 14:51
It causes miscarriages, early delivery, and low birth weight. It contributes to diseases that account for almost 1 in 10 of all deaths of children under the age of five. It can harm the healthy development of children’s brains. It is a drag on economies and societies, already costing as much as 0.3 per cent of global GDP – and rising. And in many parts of the world, it is getting worse. ‘It’ is... Read more
Posted on Friday, October 28, 2016 - 09:39
There is growing concern in Europe about security threats coming from radicalised individuals and violent extremists. Recent terrorist attacks have influenced the political agenda at all levels and are becoming a policy priority for city authorities. EUROCITIES carried out a scoping exercise among our members in June 2016 to collect information on cities’ actions to prevent radicalisation and... Read more
Posted on Friday, October 21, 2016 - 13:53
Quito, Ecuador: 19 October – The International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) is the latest of 46 partners to endorse the Guiding Principles for City Climate Action Planning, launched by UN Habitat and partners at the 2015 Paris Climate Summit (COP-21). On 17 October 2016, UN Habitat, ISOCARP and other endorsing partners launched the Spanish translation of the Guiding Principles ... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 15:43
Step Change: An Action Agenda on Safe Walking for Africa’s Children is a joint report by the FIA Foundation and the injury prevention NGO Amend for the Global Initiative for Child Health & Mobility. The report highlights the disproportionate exposure to risk of child pedestrians in sub-Saharan Africa and calls for a concerted effort to provide footpaths and reduce vehicle traffic speeds.... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 15:38
Urbanization is one of the most important global trends of the 21st century. It has the potential to contribute to the “re-design” of our world supporting the creation of sustainable and inclusive cities for all. About 6.25 billion people, 15% of them with disabilities, are predicted to be living in urban centers by 2050. Urban environments, infrastructures, facilities, and services, depending on... Read more

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