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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 12:30
There maybe a little less buzz around it, but as well as marking Halloween, 31st October has also been designated World Cities Day by the United Nations. There are no costumes needed and pumpkins do not feature. Instead, the day is meant to promote sustainable urban development and highlight the best ways of dealing with the challenge of urbanization. What better day then to look at the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 12:10
Europe, Africa and Latin America now each have roughly half a billion people living in cities. In Asia, there are two billion city-dwellers. Very soon, two-thirds of the global population will be urban. These are impressive numbers, but what do they mean, in practical terms, for local leaders and civil servants? They mean that more people need access to essential services, and that cities must... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 12:00
Today, 54 per cent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 66 per cent by 2050. Projections show that urbanization combined with the overall growth of the world’s population could add another 2.5 billion people to urban populations by 2050, with close to 90 percent of the increase concentrated in Asia and Africa, according to a new United... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 09:43
Two divergent visions of what the world’s cities could look like by 2036. There is no better way to mark this year’s World Cities Day than reflecting on the adoption of the New Urban Agenda at the recent Habitat III conference in Quito. The agenda reaffirms the political commitment to sustainable urbanization and provides a framework to guide global urban development over the next 20 years,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 09:19
If there is one theme that captures the difference between India and China’s growth story, it’s urbanisation. To one’s surprise, India was more urban in 1950 than China as about 17% of Indian population lived in cities, compared with 13% in China. According to Census data, Indian population in urban areas grew from 17.29 % in 1951 to 31.16 % in 2011. However, China urbanised far more rapidly.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 09:12
Brussels 31 October 2016 The pandemic of type 2 diabetes has strong connections with rapid urbanisation around the world. Urban planning must be re-though to build healthier and more liveable cities. Urbanisation and diabetes: a deadly combination The world is facing a massive and rapid urbanisation: every day, almost 180.000 people move from the countryside to a city. It is estimated that 60%... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 - 16:43
Over 100 inspiring housing projects from around the world entered the 2016-17 World Habitat Awards and we can now reveal our 12 finalists. This year’s projects span across the globe from the USA to Sri Lanka. They showcase a variety of housing solutions including post-disaster, community-led approaches, homes for marginalised or vulnerable groups and developing local skills for income generation... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 - 16:26
Population growth of cities around the world has long been key to how United Technologies Corp. sells jet engines, elevators and heating and cooling systems in homes and commercial buildings. Now the Farmington-based conglomerate is teaming up with National Geographic to show how advocates, scientists and businesses can develop technology to protect the air, land and water as the world's rising... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 - 16:12
Lilongwe — The Minister of Lands, Housing and Rural Development Atupele Muluzi has said rapid urbanization is affecting the housing situation of people worldwide and Malawi in particular. He made the remarks Friday in Lilongwe at a Press Conference on the 2016 World Habitat Day Commemoration. "It is a known fact that access to adequate housing is a global challenge that is growing fast with... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 - 15:59
World Cities Day is celebrated by the United Nations at the end of October after an unprecedented month long mobilization on the challenges facing the world´s city dwellers, including 75% of the population of the European Union. UN-Habitat organised “Urban October”, a series of events which culminated in the Habitat III Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, in Quito, Ecuador,... Read more

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