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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 15:57
This week heads of state will formally adopt a ‘New Urban Agenda’ in Quito, Ecuador. This will aim to set the narrative for development in human settlements for the next 10-20 years, and strengthen links between urbanization and sustainable development. Most urban growth is after all expected in the developing world; in the expanding cities and informal settlements of Africa and Asia. A... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 15:47
On a rare patch of open grass amid the vertiginous slopes of the river Machángara gorge in Quito, Ricardo Buitrón is outlining his dreams for the future of cities. “We have always been proposing a new kind of city – a city for the people; a city whose residents can all have a voice in its planning and organisation.” Buitrón’s ambitions are strikingly similar to what’s being said elsewhere in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 15:35
At the United Nations Habitat III conference, which is being held in Ecuador’s capital Quito from October 17-20, representatives from 193 countries will discuss and adopt United Nations’ New Urban Agenda. Although the agenda is not legally binding, it provides a roadmap on how to point urbanisation towards a more positive direction, the one that leads to more jobs, cheaper housing, cleaner... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 15:21
Inequality is a choice according to Don Chen, director of equitable development at the Ford Foundation, a US-based research foundation that looks at advancing human welfare. It is driven by political policies, access to resources and decision-making processes that have been reinforced over many years and which are especially pronounced in urban areas. Therefore, city authorities must make the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 15:12
20 million people do not yet have access to electricity in Latin America. Around 90 million people are still dependent on solid fuels—mainly biomass and kerosene—to cover basic needs such as heating and cooking, which limits their access to lighting and contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. This deficiency particularly affects rural areas, where two-thirds of the people have no access to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 15:10
17 October 2016 – Opening today the United Nations Habitat III conference in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito, Secretary-General Ban-Ki-Moon told the gathered delegations that “transforming our world for the better” means re-making towns and cities through sustainable development. The long-awaited global meeting, formally known as the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 14:41
QUITO, Ecuador (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Urban planning has failed to keep up with mass urbanization around the world, placing cities at the epicentre of the 21st century's most pressing challenges, a top United Nations official said on Monday. The vulnerability of urban habitats, amid the accelerating pace of climate change and population growth, points to an unsustainable future if urgent... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 14:33
There is something about cities: in music and literature they are places of hope, where fame and fortune are sought, where culture and art flourish, where love is lost and found. Globally, their allure and importance has never been clearer: about 56% of the world’s population lives in them and they are growing rapidly. But for most people, cities are less about bright lights and possibility, and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 14:31
IRENA analysis of more than 3,500 cities charts course to increase renewable energy in urban settings Cities now have an unprecedented opportunity to transform and decarbonise their energy supply and use, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Renewable Energy in Cities, released today on the sidelines of the Habitat III Conference in Quito, estimates... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 14:14
For too long, education has been missing from urban policy and planning discussions. As the New Urban Agenda is finalized, those going to the Habitat III Conference should take heed of the benefits that including education, training and lifelong learning into city governance can bring, which are highlighted in the PLACE chapter in the 2016 Global Education Monitoring Report. Inequalities,... Read more