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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 09:50
The arc of urbanization doesn’t necessarily bend toward justice. “If left to itself, [urbanization] is not guaranteed to be equitable; despite the massive wealth generated in cities, roughly one-quarter of the world’s urban population — some 900 million people — live and work in slums,” according to a recent press releasefrom the Cities Alliance. The organization, which works to reduce poverty... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 09:49
Executive order claims cities that provide refuge to undocumented migrants, including New York and Los Angeles, are in violation of immigration law An executive order on “sanctuary cities” signed by Donald Trump on Wednesday has placed in the crosshairs over 400 cities and counties that offer some form of safe haven to America’s 11 million undocumented migrants. These localities include some of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 09:29
Culture as an enabler of sustainable urbanization? Perhaps, it should be entitled more properly: “Culture as an indispensable prerequisite for sustainable urbanization”. Strategies which are concentrating exclusively on efficient technical or financial aspects will have difficulties sooner or later. It is very likely to go astray on the way towards sustainable urban development if too... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 09:27
Already more than half of the world population lives in urban areas and the trend to move to cities is expected to continue, until by 2050, the United Nations expects that two-thirds of the people in the world world population will live in cities. Urbanization will therefore be a major trend shaping societies and economies across the world for the decades to come, especially in Asia and Africa... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 09:13
Project aims to widen team’s world view and make population growth greener For Ria Tobaccowala, a Chicago native studying in New York, arriving in the fast-growing southern Ethiopian city of Hawassa was a revelation. “The first plants are going up, the first airport is being constructed and the first non-dirt roads are being built,” she says. “Seeing how that’s impacting people’s lives was eye-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 09:01
What do Eurostat, WHO and Minister for the Environment José Herrera have in common?  They are convinced (who isn’t?) that the noise from Tal-bigilla, Tad-doughnuts, or the LPG vendors is just a fraction of Malta’s environment noise pollution. Noise pollution is excessive in the urban sprawl that extends from Pembroke to Marsascala and Mosta to Birżebbuġa. This urban sprawl is 98km2 with a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 16:06
VANCOUVER — Bill Stephen has a view most office dwellers would pine for. Perched on the edge of Vancouver’s iconic Stanley Park, Stephen’s window looks out on trees — lots of them. Douglas fir, western red cedar, bigleaf maple, Sitka spruce and hemlock all jockey for position in a carpet of green. Staring out the window at a thick canopy of trees would be particularly relaxing for most. But as... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 16:03
VATICAN CITY — When the Pope calls you to Rome, you go. Dozens of mayors from around the world heeded the call in 2015, when Pope Francis invited them to the Vatican to discuss actions their cities could take against climate change and human trafficking. And it happened again last month, when Francis asked 70 mayors, mostly from Europe, to come and discuss local responses to the refugee crisis.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 15:58
AMMAN — Alongside oil smuggling, kidnap and ransoms, Daesh raises funds for its terror campaigns through a lesser-known activity: illicit trade in archaeological artefacts.  This was one of the themes discussed in a conference in September last year dedicated to the smuggling of artefacts and valuable objects.   In Jordan, the Department of Antiquities (DoA) is on the frontline of stemming this... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, January 27, 2017 - 13:46
As cities search for new and creative solutions to the challenges they face, they may discover they have been overlooking a resource that was there in growing numbers all along: their youth. When young people are engaged in their communities, they make important contributions through the programmes they run, the jobs they create, as well as the skills and knowledge they enhance in others.... Read more