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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 15:52
Our cities are becoming smarter, but our security is not following suit.   Smart city development is in full swing, but it appears that city officials are leaving security by the wayside. While the definition of what makes a city "smart" is still up for debate, in general, we often consider it a system of both traditional infrastructure and new, overlaying structures created from emerging... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 12:40
Imagine designing one of our great cities from scratch. You would quickly discover that there is enough physical space for magnificent parks, playing fields, public swimming pools, urban nature reserves and allotments sufficient to meet the needs of everyone. Alternatively, you could designate the same space to a small proportion of its people – the richest citizens – who can afford large... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 12:17
We often think of ‘magnetism’ as a human quality, as well as a physical phenomenon. Cities also have the power to draw people to them. The Global Power City Index (GPCI) ranks the world’s most important cities according to their ‘magnetism’, that is, their perceived power to attract creative people and businesses from across the globe, and to “mobilize their assets” to boost economic, social... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 15:48
Does it make sense for a country to locate its capital city someplace no one can find? Zambia wants to move its capital city from the well-known metropolis of Lusaka to the little know rural district of Ngabwe. A cursory search on Google Maps struggled to locate Ngabwe (Apple’s Maps app had better luck but showed little detail), but if planning minster Lucky Mulusa has his way, it will be the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 14:03
The Philippines should make its cities more competitive, inclusive and better governed to support the rapid increase in the number of Filipinos living in urban areas today, a joint study by the government and the World Bank said. Released on Monday, the “Philippines Urbanization Review: Fostering Competitive, Sustainable and Inclusive Cities” report said the Philippines is one of the fastest... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 10:42
“One minute I am making tea and the next minute the Cats (Bulldozers) were there. Then it was painful to see my house down”. In advanced years, veteran of previous evictions and property lost to fire, Mary Mumbi looked weary when recalling events leading up to the eviction of 1,000 people from Mlango Kubwa, Mathare, in 2015. It left a mangled trace of homes: A community levelled to clear the way... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 10:31
In 2016, some 54.5% of the global population lived in cities. But urbanisation does not stop there: according to the UN, the share of urban population is set to reach 66% by 2050. Urban agglomerations are becoming key markets for a variety of goods and services, while also providing human, financial and information resources to produce them. Urbanisation predicates the need for large-scale... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 29, 2017 - 16:27
Bunia 26 April 2017—UN-Habitat has successfully spearheaded a project that saw hundreds of the Wambuti pygmy families get settled in Mambasa Territory of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ituri Province Known as ‘Amani Ni Njia ya Amani’ (Peace is a means of development) the programme that began in November 2015 also involved United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Education... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 29, 2017 - 12:25
With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, housing has moved from a relatively invisible problem to become a central focus on the world stage. Last Oct. 20, 167 countries officially adopted the New Urban Agenda, an action-oriented document that outlines what public and private entities should do to develop initiatives for sustainable urbanization for the coming 20 years. In Asia-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 29, 2017 - 09:25
NAIROBI — On a computer in the lobby of the United Nations office here, a list of countries recently scrolled down the screen. Next to the virtual parade of nations, columns highlighted their financial contributions to UN-Habitat, the international body’s lead agency on urbanization. Whether designed to publicly thank generous donors or name and shame the recalcitrant, the effect was clear: This... Read more