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[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 21, 2016 - 19:03
Nations talk; cities act.” That rallying cry from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been used by many to extol the century of cities, the idea that cities — especially a select number of influential, or global, cities — will take their place alongside nation-states as key actors shaping our world. But is this just more talk? On climate change, an issue on which cities have been... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 11:25
Free public transport offered as city remains shrouded in muddy brown smog and officials consider suspending industrial activity Authorities have banned more than 1 million cars from the roads and offered free subway and bus rides to coax people from their vehicles as Mexico City’s first air pollution alert in 11 years stretched into a third day. Officials advised people on Wednesday to limit... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 10:41
Exchanges between local government practitioners and Policy Experts for Habitat III Policy Unit 4  UCLG hosted the 2nd Expert Group Meeting of the Habitat III Policy Unit 4 on Urban Governance, Capacity and Institutional Development, which is co-led by the world organization, in close coordination with the Global Taskforce (GTF), and the LSE Cities at the London School of Economics. The event... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 09:48
Key talks took place in Mexico City on 9-11 March, aimed at figuring out how to pay for the New Urban Agenda. Last week, some of the world’s leading thinkers on the complex issue of financing urban development met in the Mexican capital. They came together at the invitation of the United Nations, which is preparing its 20-year urbanisation strategy, the New Urban Agenda, which is slated to be... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 11:56
By 2030, more than half of African residents will be living in cities. These cities are being built, in large part, by China—from major roads to government buildings, apartment towers, and sports stadiums.Since the 1980s, more than 500 million Chinese moved from the countryside to urban centers. While Chinese cities have problems with over congestion, pollution, and shoddy construction, there’s... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 11:50
Chennai has lost more than one-fifth of its greenery in 20 years as the city urbanized rapidly, according to a study by IISc Chennai lost more than one-fifth of its greenery in 20 years as the city urbanized rapidly, a study found. According to a study by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), as urbanization in terms of buildings and open spaces grew from 1.46% to 18.55% between 1991 and 2012... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 11:28
On the sidelines of last week’s Habitat III thematic meeting on financing the New Urban Agenda, Habitat III Secretary-General Joan Clos sat down with Citiscope’s Greg Scruggs to discuss the key moment to which this process has come. Much energy and debate has and will continue to be focused on the four days in mid-October when tens of thousands of delegates will descend on Quito to hash out the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 14, 2016 - 16:35
Innovate or stagnate”, that’s how Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) motivated his government to launch the year 2015. This challenge is typical for today’s cities. Innovation is fundamental to solving today’s complex business and social problems. But such innovation can only happen where start-ups and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 14, 2016 - 14:34
The world is urbanizing at a breakneck pace. But not all regions are moving at the same speed. Most population growth today and tomorrow will occur in thesprawling cities and slums of Africa and Asia. Just three countries — China, India and Nigeria — will account for 40% of global growth over the next decade. Meanwhile, many cities in North America and Western Europe are actually shrinking. The... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 14, 2016 - 12:04
The Syrian crisis has shaken an entire region and been at the epicenter of a global displacement crisis for the past five years. This crisis has turned some 20 million children, families and communities into refugees and 40 million into internally displaced persons within their own countries, according to UNHCR. The humanitarian community has been under massive strain to deal with this global... Read more

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