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[ News ] Posted on Friday, May 19, 2017 - 11:12
The world is witnessing urbanisation at an unprecedented pace and scale today, setting off several challenges to policy-makers and planners in building futuristic, but inclusive and sustainable cities and urban areas. The challenges are on several fronts – social, demographic, environmental and economic – to redesign and develop the burgeoning cities into vibrant, environment-friendly urban... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, May 19, 2017 - 11:00
If so, we need a multisector, multidisciplinary approach. Walking through the wealthier streets of cities like Geneva, London or New York, it seems that health and fitness is an international obsession. National food chains boast of fresh ingredients, light options, and low-fat meals. Shelves are stacked with the trendiest superfoods – quinoa, chia seeds, kale and avocado. On the streets,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, May 19, 2017 - 09:03
As Africa continues to rapidly urbanize, a recent report warns city and national leaders not to miss a rare opportunity to create much-needed economic expansion on a mass scale. Urbanization and Industrialization for Africa’s Transformation, emphasizes that a migration wave reshaping the continent’s cities should be accompanied by a surge in industrial development. The 189-page report, published... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 12:21
In September 2016, Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA), together with the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) convened a 5-day Training of Trainers course to provide in-depth knowledge on how to build climate resilience at the local level. The training was based on the DEA-SALGA-GIZ Let’s Respond to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 10:12
PARIS — Some countries have been investing in national policy for cities, but much more progress is needed. That’s the conclusion of a new report released this week, offering a first-ever global snapshot on national policies around cities. “The Global State of National Urban Policy 2017” was prepared jointly by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and UN-Habitat, the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 11:03
The ability of the insurance industry to help cities protect themselves from threats is often overlooked By Astrid Zweynert LONDON, May 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When torrential rain inundated Copenhagen in 2011 within a few hours, city officials realised they needed to be better prepared for the next once-in-a-century downpour, to prevent a steep rise in damage claims and insurance... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 10:03
–Faced with the challenges of youth living on edge of poverty, the government of Rwanda has stepped up and hosted the Transform Africa Summits. This series of summits seeks to advance technological innovation across Africa, through focusing on unlocking the innovation of youth in jobs and technology with the goal of improving their and their communities lives.  Building cities of the future... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 11:44
To maintain the agreed international schedule, the sector will need to move beyond fossil fuels shortly after 2050 in the world’s most advanced regions, and by 2070 elsewhere. Transport today accounts for about 14 percent of global human-caused emissions of greenhouse gases. But even that substantial figure could be an underestimate in the longer term: After all, emissions from this sector... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 15, 2017 - 15:49
In the framework of the Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI), the SOM Friends of the Chair (FotC) held a workshop themed “Developing the Methodology for Measuring and Realizing the Sustainability of Cities in the APEC Region.” The Asia-Pacific region is currently taking the lead in the urbanization process in the world. In that context, the formation of policies for effective and sustainable... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 15, 2017 - 12:19
How can African nations build smart cities? A session at the ongoing Transform Africa Summit in Kigali, yesterday, delved into this to try and underpin how to realise what is seen as the future of cities. During the session, experts cited urbanisation growth and effective transport systems as enablers to achieve secure and safe cities on the continent. Several players in the transport sector... Read more