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[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 21, 2017 - 14:24
With the release of a major report commissioned by U. N. Secretary-General António Guterres, the United Nations appears to be on a path to integrate its 20-year urbanization strategy, the New Urban Agenda, into the global body’s development architecture. But until that report’s recommendations are finalized and member states line up to fund its outcomes, a concentrated diplomatic effort on... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 18, 2017 - 11:23
In the international development, the emergence of new ideas and policy issues as well as scarce funding for development have led to the notion of “transform or perish” among development organisations. UN Habitat is one organisation on the periphery of the UN system facing relevance and funding challenges as urban issues evolve and proliferate in language and scope. The assessment on the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 16:37
The Economist Intelligence Unit’s report on the world’s most liveable cities is a go-to overview of desirable cycle lanes and botanic gardens, but where’s all the fun? Attention those who have been merely existing in large metropolises: the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) is back with its global liveability survey for 2017. Melbourne, Vienna and Vancouver (first, second and third respectively... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 15:39
For the seventh year in a row Melbourne has topped The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) World’s Most Liveable City ranking. Melbourne’s score of 97.5 out of 100 remained unchanged from last year to beat the field of 140 cities. Melbourne’s relatively low crime rate was one of the main reasons that it outranked other high performing cities. “No city in the world has topped the [index] for... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 08:55
Cities are the way of the future. In less than 35 years, the World Health Organization estimates that two-thirds of the world population will be living in urban areas. That's an additional 2.5 billion people. The cities that will flourish the most are those that rely on cutting-edge technologies and create opportunities for people to develop new ones. To get a sense of which cities do that... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 12:16
Most of the world’s human citizens now live in cities, and the percentage of people who do (as well as the percentage of urbanized land) is only going to grow. An awareness of urban biodiversity helps to dispel the myth that “nature” only happens away from the human-built environment. By that telling, humans are not part of nature, and this perspective has led to some of the most damaging... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 11:25
A global panel of experts has recommended the creation of a first-ever international body focused on urban sustainability. The panel was formed at the behest of U. N. Secretary-General António Guterres, who subsequently indicated his support for the creation of such an entity, being referred to as “UN Urban”. The proposal, released 3 August, is the topline conclusion of a major report on how to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 10:41
This seemingly dull photograph, below, records a remarkable meeting of brilliant minds in sleepy Somerset, an encounter which generated groundbreaking, innovative ideas, which would go on to shape the modern world and forever changed the way we live. It was taken at the 1947 Congrès International d’Architecture Moderne (CIAM) in Bridgwater. The delegates included individuals who would become... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 10:06
Top 100 Most Populous Cities Evaluated Using the Sustainable Development Goals New York – Today, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, which co-produces the Global SDG Index, released the first-ever U.S. Cities SDG Index. The Index ranks the 100 most populous U.S. cities, using Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), based on their performance on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 15:05
The world is increasingly urban, with cities projected to gain 2.5 billion more residents by 2050 – mostly in Asia and Africa. As we face escalating global crises such as climate change, chronic disease, poverty, inequity and homelessness, popular opinion often reflects the stereotypes of urban living as a major contributor. This cliché contrasts smoggy skylines, traffic-choked streets and... Read more

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