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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 18:23
Nairobi, 4 September 2018 – Some twenty experts from UN-Habitat, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), African Union Commission, United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLGA), members of academia, representatives from civil society and local governments gathered for a two-day meeting in Nairobi to chart out the process of elaborating a Model Law seeking to address... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 18:07
The world has a demand problem, and it is dealing with it all wrong. Rather than allowing itself to be harmed by other countries’ problematic policies, China must work to create its own demand by making full use of its capacity for policy experimentation, long-term planning, and pragmatic decision-making. In the decade since the 2008 global economic crisis, advanced economies have leaned... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 17:58
The planet is urbanizing at an unprecedented speed, generating enormous social, economic and climatic stress. If sustainable urbanization is one of the paramount challenges of the 21st century, then Asia is ground zero for determining whether humanity can succeed. Just under half of all Asians live in cities, compared to roughly 82% of Americans and 74% of Europeans. Asians are on the move.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 11:31
When Wang Yijun put Ethiopia's most expensive real estate project on the market, he experienced a strange phenomenon. People preferred the lowest floors over those with panoramic city views. "Power cuts mean elevators in this city often don't work," explains Wang, the site manager. "So the bottom-floor flats became the most valuable. You won't see this pricing in any Chinese city." Replicating... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 11:11
EL PASO — The moon was still up and the sun hadn’t risen as the Chapin High School football team took to the field on an early August Wednesday. The temperature would hit 100 a few hours later, but at 6 a.m. it was a cool 82 degrees as the Huskies started practice. “It’s happening all across the state,” said coach Rene Hernandez, with teams switching to predawn hours to avoid afternoons that are... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 10:52
Twenty-three cities and regions from across the world have committed to cut significantly the amount of waste they generate, putting them on the path towards zero waste. By signing C40’s Advancing Towards Zero Waste Declaration, the 23 cities and regions have pledged to cut the amount of waste generated by each citizen by 15 percent by 2030. In addition, they will reduce the amount of waste sent... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 10:12
The adoption of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015 was accompanied by what insiders considered an optimism they have not experienced in relation to UN resolutions before. The relative efficiency in the drafting, the absence of trenches between East and West, or between North and South, and the unanimity of support... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 10:09
When Yuriko Koike was elected governor of Tokyo, in 2016, her victory marked the dawn of a new age in Japan. The country’s first female defense minister had become the capital’s first female governor, and in a landslide, no less. But breaking through Tokyo’s “steel ceiling” wasn’t just a triumph for Koike or the women of a nation notorious for its gender gap—it was a win for the city’s reputation... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 15:21
Accra, 28 August 2018 – Over 100 participants drawn from nearly 20 African countries and other partners recently gathered in the Ghanaian capital Accra to mull ways of curbing the runaway road accidents- as well as the attendant mortality- and to improve urban mobility on the continent. The meeting was held against the milieu that every year, road crashes are estimated to claim over 300,000 lives... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 14:47
Children’s centres in every neighbourhood are vital, writesSebastian Kraemer. And planners must by people who truly represent the communities they serve, writes Victoria Hills What would cities look like if they were designed by infants? As Christine Murray says (What would cities look like if they were designed by mothers?, 27 August), they would have the slopes and lifts so necessary for... Read more