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[ News ] Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017 - 10:58
Beijing is the hub of a city cluster that could be home to 110 million people China’s rapid urbanisation has been a wonder of the world. But with that impressive growth have come challenges - including a lack of coordination between nearby cities. As development experts increasingly recognise, economies are more effective when cities form clusters to coordinate their use of resources and share... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 12:39
Our impressions of a city are formed mainly by the quality of public spaces. If they are not pleasant and preserved, or if they transmit a sense of insecurity, we will seldom return. Good planning of these spaces should be the rule, not the exception. In the series “Public Spaces,” we explore different aspects related to public spaces that determine our daily experience in cities. Among city... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 12:15
As the deadline nears for a widely watched assessment on the future of the United Nations’ lead agency on urbanization, some observers are expressing concern about the evaluation committee and its process. In April, U. N. Secretary-General António Guterres announced the composition of an eight-member panel of urbanists, mayors, housing activists and diplomats to study UN-Habitat, the Nairobi-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 15:34
Faced with pollution and rising sea levels, cities are setting targets at a record pace. Cities are increasingly moving ahead of countries in setting carbon-reduction goals and initiatives, according to a new report from banking giant HSBC. More than 2,500 cities have now listed climate-change pledges on the Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action (NAZCA) portal launched as part of the 2014 ... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 14:55
Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, has hinted that cities have earned the trust of national governments to be given greater responsibility over their finances. Speaking during the opening day of the 12th Metropolis World Congress in Montreal, Trudeau said that in the past Canadian provincial and federal governments haven’t perhaps trusted municipalities to spend this money. “But... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 09:54
WARSAW, Poland — Combating nationalism, strengthening public institutions and re-discovering solidarity were the main topics of discussion when philanthropic leaders from across Europe and around the world gathered here this month. But the future of cities was also part of the conversation — and in particular, what role foundations might consider playing in it. The European Foundation Centre’s... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 16:12
When US President Donald Trump announced that his country would be pulling out of the Paris agreement, the immediate reaction across the globe was one of despair, anger and helplessness. The Paris agreement is widely seen as the last opportunity for the world to unite and limit the increase in global temperature to 2 degrees Celsius. How can this international agreement remain relevant when the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 14:54
The G20 economies account for about 85 percent of global growth and 80 percent of the emissions of carbon dioxide.   Air pollution remains high globally and urban areas are expanding, showing a more comprehensive effort is needed on the environmental front, the OECD said. "While there are signs of greening growth, most countries show progress on just one or two fronts and little on the others,"... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 09:45
Perched on reclaimed land where over a decade ago the Yellow Sea once lapped the shores of South Korea, Songdo has grown to become one of the better-known greenfield cities in the world. Jonathan Andrews reports from Songdo which last week played host to the sixth New Cities Summit under the theme of ‘Thriving cities: the building blocks of urban wellbeing’. Getting wellbeing right from the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 09:00
BANGKOK, June 19(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In Phrom Samrit, a squatter settlement along a major canal in Bangkok, most of the 300 households live cheek by jowl and have become used to floods after living next to water all their lives. But now their resilience is being chipped away, says Adirak Sangnut, the slum's elected leader. "Before, it started flooding after raining for three days. But... Read more