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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 14:33
As the economy has changed, so have the relationships between places, to the disadvantage of smaller cities and rural areas. SAN FRANCISCO — Well before anyone thought of this place as the center of the tech economy, the Bay Area built ships. And it did so with the help of many parts of the country. Douglas fir trees logged in the Pacific Northwest were turned into lumber schooners here. Steel... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 14:28
During the 19th century—at the end of which Karl Benz built what many consider to be the first real automobile—mankind saw more technological and societal changes than it had in the preceding nine centuries. Fast forward to the current century, with futurist Ray Kurzweil (2006) confidently predicting that over the course of the next 100 years we’ll experience 20,000 years of  progress, as  rapid... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 13:20
UN-Habitat predicts the number of people living in cities will almost double to 7 billion in 2050 from 3.7 billion today SEATTLE, Dec 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Malaysian woman is set to take the helm of the United Nations agency seeking to improve life in fast-growing cities, which will be home to two-thirds of the world by 2050. The United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General has appointed... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 12:54
Cities took a stand on climate issues, and spurred change for transit, housing, and more Thanks to a new occupant in the White House, cities are being asked to do more, be more, and help more people than they ever have before. Cities are now leading the nation in addressing issues of environmental justice, economic accessibility, and racial inequality. The different ways that city leaders... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - 13:32
Following nomination by the Secretary-General, the General Assembly, on 22 December 2017, elected Maimunah Mohd Sharif of Malaysia as Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). She succeeds Joan Clos of Spain to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his dedicated service to the Organization. Dr. Clos led UN-Habitat during the pivotal years when the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 16:03
Africa is urbanising faster than any region in the world. Adding 24 million people to cities annually, this rate of urbanisation is faster than China’s or India’s.   While urbanisation is critical to unlocking economic growth in Africa, it also comes with a host of challenges. This is evident in sprawling informal settlements, lack of infrastructure, increasing congestion and urban dwellers’... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 15:56
Urbanization has been one of the most significant driving forces of recent global development, with more than half the world’s population now living in cities. And this proportion will continue to rise. Add to this, the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 11 that calls for “inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” cities. In this edition of the Sustainable Communities Blog, Ede... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 13:41
We certainly live in a metropolitan moment. Across the planet, including the United States, the urban share of the population continues to grow. With growing populations also comes more opportunities: new jobs, new schools, new health care facilities, and new sources of entertainment. Yet to keep metropolitan economies functioning while creating a platform for shared prosperity, transportation... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 13:00
Achieving the SDGs depends on action at local and subnational levels. Local and regional governments across the world are ready and willing to play our role. We work hard to ensure that the best services reach the greatest number of people, leaving no one behind; this is what the SDGs are all about. Local and regional governments have had our say in the definition of the global agendas; we have... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 12:51
When the Ping An Finance Center was finally completed this year, it reached the pinnacle of Shenzhen, China’s obsession with high-rises. Standing 1,965 feet high, the sleek 115-story office building is the second tallest in China and fourth tallest in the world. It’s also the tallest new building to come from this year’s record-setting boom in skyscraper construction. Around the world, there are... Read more