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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 10:28
Much of the world is making great leaps in technology, security, and public health. But some cities are getting left behind. In these distressed urban areas, the unemployment rate is high, equality is low, healthcare and safety are poor, and people fear for their life on a daily basis, wondering whether the government will ever step in to help. Robert Muggah, a global security expert and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 23, 2017 - 12:26
Why do we want to live in the city? Where does that almost mythical attraction come from? The city beckons. But the city is also too busy, too expensive and too small. And yet, despite all the inconveniences, we want to live in the city. Why? Living in the city means waiting a year for a parking permit. Running the risk of being run over by groups of tourists on bicycles without any knowledge of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 23, 2017 - 12:16
New York, Oct. 23 (BNA): The UAE has called on the international community to take into consideration the concerns of young people in implementing the urbanization agenda and to enhance their effective participation in creating sustainable cities and human settlements suitable for all. In a statement delivered by the UAE youth representatives to the United Nations, Sarah Al Suwaidi and Omar... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 23, 2017 - 11:25
Nairobi, 20 October 2017 – The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), are expanding their work on low emission planning to a further four countries. A second phase of the flagship project, “Accelerating climate action through the promotion of Urban Low Emission Development Strategies”, or “Urban-LEDS II” for short, will... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 23, 2017 - 11:16
We are approaching the end of year two of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In September 2015, global leaders from 193 countries set a 15-year deadline — by the year 2030 — to reach the SDGs, a roadmap to end poverty, promote equality, protect people and the planet, while leaving no one behind. What have countries accomplished in these past two years at the local level —... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 23, 2017 - 10:39
Cleveland’s Fairfax neighborhood is as unique as it is typical. Once a solid, middle-class neighborhood situated between downtown Cleveland and the University Circle cultural area, Fairfax suffered from a loss of population over the decades and began to decline. Today, Fairfax is home to more than 5,000 people, the majority of whom are in low- to moderate-income families. The impact of the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, October 20, 2017 - 12:19
In 1975, just three of the world's urban centers — Tokyo, New York, and Mexico City — had more than 10 million residents. Now, about 7% of people live in cities with eight-figure populations, according to the United Nations. They even have a special name: megacities. The UN projects the global number of megacities to grow from 31 to 41 by 2030, housing some 8.7% of the global population.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 10:04
Urban and rural areas are often seen as opposites, tied together only by how different one is from the other. But a recent report from UN-Habitat argues that way of thinking is all wrong. In fact, it says, the urban-rural divide needs to be reimagined as a harmonious continuum, where policies and programmes aimed at helping people on one side can help people on the other side as well. The report... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 17:52
As long as developers work in tandem with one another, the security problems presented by the development of IoT within smart cities won’t be insurmountable.   Smart cities, which were once confined to the realms of science fiction books, are rapidly becoming a reality all around the globe. Unfortunately, like all revolutionizing innovations, smart cities are developing their own unique... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 12:40
Despite the image of clean air, green backyards and fresh food often associated with leaving a dense urban core for more spread-out surroundings, new research finds that city dwellers are actually healthier — and happier — than their suburban counterparts. The study, from Oxford University and the University of Honk Kong, looked at the impact of density on more than 400,000 residents in 22... Read more