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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 16:26
In October 2016 representatives from national governments, cities, the private sector, and civic organizations will gather in Quito, Ecuador for the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, popularly known asHabitat III. For people who believe that the world’s social, economic, and environmental prospects rise and fall with the ability of cities and metro areas to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 11:31
“The IPCC 43rd Session was an opportunity to build upon the momentum created at COP21 and further recognize the role of cities in tackling climate change and they didn’t disappoint.There will be a strong focus on cities in all of the panel’s work over the next seven years and the creation of an IPCC Special Report on Cities and Climate Change for the next reporting cycle is a great result for... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 11:07
If there is such a thing as a world leader for cities, a spokesman for the planet’s exploding urban constituency, then perhaps it’s the likeable, silver-haired bundle of Catalan energy sitting across the table from me. Dr Joan Clos, former mayor of Barcelona, is in the middle of a three-day conference in Prague which – despite feeling bewilderingly large to me – is merely a warm-up act for the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 10:19
The global urban population is set to rise to over 66% by 2050, and India is a significant contributor. While the country’s urban population currently totals around 410 million people (32% of the total population), it is expected to reach 814 million (50%) by 2050. But the growth of India’s urban population has not been accompanied with commensurate increases in urban infrastructure and service... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 18, 2016 - 15:23
Urbanization is good news - not only for the countries experiencing this growth, but the global economy. Throughout history, no country has ever achieved economic prosperity without urbanizing. On its surface, then, the urbanization trend dominating the 21st century should be good news – not only for the countries experiencing this growth, but the global economy. Upon closer analysis, however,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 18, 2016 - 12:32
Addressing the global challenge of forced displacement and fostering greater investment in infrastructure were the main topics of discussion today as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke to leaders in Washington, D.C., at the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group. “Supporting States in addressing large movements of refugees and migrants is an... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 18, 2016 - 11:47
The role that architecture can play in creating cities that are more sustainable and liveable - a vital element of the United Nations 2030 Agenda, in which economic inclusion, social development and environmental protection converge in a universal roadmap for global action - was in the spotlight at UN Headquarters today as this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate discussed his work and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 16:03
Late last year, Chinese officials reactivated a machine of the state that had lain idle for almost four decades. The government reconvened its Central Urban Work Conference and gave it a crucial task — to report back on how to revamp and revitalize the nation’s growing, and choking, cities. When the expert group issued its recommendations last month, it backtracked on many of the country’s... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 11:16
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will vote this week on whether to publish a first-ever special report on cities and climate change.The world’s key body on the science around climate change is set this week to decide on whether to take a step that could do much to formalize the role of cities in combating climate change and build upon surprise progress made at the Paris climate... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 10:04
At the Habitat III European Regional Meeting in Prague, representatives of UCLG/the Global Taskforce and the LSE officially handed over the Habitat III Policy Paper produced by Policy Unit 4 to the Secretary-General of the Conference, Joan Clos, and the Bureau of the Preparatory Committee. UCLG, the Global Taskforce and the LSE co-led Policy Unit 4 on Urban Governance, Capacity and Institutional... Read more

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