News and Events Latest stories, evidence of impact, media information

[ News ] Posted on Monday, January 23, 2017 - 11:02
As startup districts proliferate, city planners aim to build tech hubs with a community focus Silicon Valley may still be the center of today’s tech world, but if you want to see the future of American innovation, take a trip to Durham, North Carolina. In a restored factory complex near downtown, entrepreneurs are building companies inside warehouses where generations of workers once... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, January 23, 2017 - 10:13
If urbanisation is one of the most important global trends of the 21st century, with some 70% of the world’s population forecasted to live in cities by 2050, then urbanisation in Africa — and the ways in which that growth occurs — marks one of the most significant opportunities for achieving global sustainable development. By 2050, cities in the developing world will absorb more than two billion... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, January 23, 2017 - 10:02
The highways around where I live in Portland, Oregon are like congestion voids—black holes or boundless oceans. You go in hoping to reappear elsewhere in the city or beyond, but without any assurance of exiting at all; time and space cease to have any meaning as waves and waves of Subarus roll toward the horizon. As once-plentiful provisions of Planet Money podcasts dwindle, you can feel madness... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, January 23, 2017 - 09:50
CAPE TOWN, South Africa — As the world starts to tackle the hefty task of meeting new development goals, governments have pledged to bolster statistical systems at all levels, including in cities. Particular urgency is being felt around the new Sustainable Development Goals, an overarching framework that will guide global anti-poverty and sustainability efforts through 2030. Those 17 goals came... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, January 20, 2017 - 10:02
From diplomacy-minded youths in Canada to African architects, dozens of organizations around the world plan to host at least 45 gatherings this year to address implementation of the New Urban Agenda, the global vision on the future of cities adopted in October. While the agenda offers a broad 20-year road map on planning, building and managing sustainable cities, efforts are now turning to its... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, January 20, 2017 - 09:55
Nairobi has been ranked the third best city in the world to visit in 2017 by United Kingdom travel publisher Rough Guides. Paris, France, took the first position on the list of top 10 cities in the world to visit in 2017 while Iran’s Isfahan and Nairobi were second and third overall respectively. Bristol, England, was placed fourth, Antwerp, Belgium, fifth, Medellin, Colombia sixth, Atlanta... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 15:29
Kuala Lumpur, with RM765 million in total economic output, generates more than half of Malaysia’s GDP and is a bigger economy than Stuttgart or Stockholm, says study by the Martin Prosperity Institute. KUALA LUMPUR: A new study shows that by 2030, Malaysia will be as urbanised as today’s Canada and the United States. The report by the Martin Prosperity Institute, housed at the University of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 15:11
Nate Berg tells the story of Rebuild By Design, a competition – and now its own organisation – based on taking a more proactive approach to disaster response in cities; but how far can you prepare for the effects of climate change? Ten years ago, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg released a plan to create what he called “the first environmentally sustainable 21st-century city”. The blueprint... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 12:17
Garowe, 17 January 2017 – UN-Habitat recently organized a consultation workshop in Garowe to discuss the drafting of the Urban Land Management Law and the revision of regulations for Land Dispute Committees. Among the 43 participants were officials from local and state government (particularly the Puntland Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Public Works and Transport), technical advisors,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 09:41
UN-Habitat is producing a new book on public space tools and we need your help! We know that there are lots of useful methodologies and approaches to public space assessment, design, planning and management, but as the topic has grown in recent years we are not aware of all of them. We would therefore like to ask you to submit tools for inclusion in the book. UN-Habitat's public space team will... Read more