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[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 - 11:22
Brussels 27 April 2017– The “Expert Group Meeting on Geospatial Definitions for Human Settlements Indicators of the SDGs” organized by UN-Habitat brings together leading experts on the detection of built-up areas and on the identification and classification of what is urban and what is rural. A standard definition for purposes of global reporting is a requirement for monitoring the SDGs and will... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 - 11:17
AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands  — The challenges are enormous: 70 percent of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. Even today, slums hold a billion people, but that figure is expected to triple in coming decades. And with cities under mounting pressure to improve infrastructure and resources strained by rapid urbanization, it’s the poor who already are feeling the brunt of bad... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 14:41
In today’s increasingly interconnected and rapidly changing world, social, technological and sustainability issues bring new dimensions to risk and have a major impact on the development and competitiveness of our urban centers. This results in urban risk management becoming more complex and increasingly important to the long term health and growth of urban economies. The need to improve the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 09:33
Ha Noi, 26 April 2017— UN Habitat, OECD and the Viet Nam’s Ministry of Construction recently held a one day Policy Dialogue on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda through National Urban Policies. The event that was supported by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and UNDP was attended by more than 50 policy makers and stakeholders, with the Dialogue session beings opened by Mr.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 15:36
Qazvin, Iran, 26 April 2017—At the latest World Assembly of Islamic Cities UN-Habitat had the opportunity to brief the delegates present on some of the work it is engaged in globally. The World Assembly of Islamic Cities (WAIC) summit was convened late April in the Iranian city of Qazvin to discuss sustainable urbanization according to the ideals of Islam. The fifth in a series of conferences,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 11:31
Cities are constantly changing–they always have. Innovations in particular are accelerating these changes and amplifying their impact. TNO is helping cities and stakeholders bring the future closer, by giving the most promising innovations a helping hand, and by integrating them. “There is a lot of talk about innovations and plenty of ideas are being tentatively floated but, ultimately, what... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 11:19
As the world works to achieve the sustainable development goals, a recent UN report identifies six issues that challenge ambitious targets We are approaching two years into implementing the ambitious 2030 Agenda – a historic agreement to end poverty, combat inequalities, promote peaceful and inclusive societies, and protect the environment. The new global framework, with 17 sustainable... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 14:57
UN-Habitat welcomes the conference on “Driving towards Sustainable Urban Transport Systems in Africa” to be held in Nairobi from April 24-25. Given the increasing traffic congestion in cities, this is indeed a very timely topic that affects citizens and businesses and raises many relevant issues some of which are not self-evident. A study conducted by UN-Habitat, an analysis of the road pattern... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 11:46
As global car sales continue to climb, cities are increasingly girding themselves against the related environmental impacts by using “scoring” systems, placing large municipal orders for electric vehicles and imposing strict regulations. Last year, consumers around the world purchased 88 million cars, a new annual record. But if cities are to meet their obligations under the Paris climate... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 11:00
As edie's megatrends series turns the spotlight to urbanisation and smart city development, it is important to consider exactly how the world's megacities can make the transition to low-carbon, resource-efficient hubs that can facilitate sustainable business growth. The idea of the megacity is not new to our rapidly urbanising world: there are currently 425 metropolitan areas of one-million-plus... Read more