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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 09:50
Five of the top 10 most congested cities in the world are located in the United States, according to a global traffic scorecard published annually by Inrix, a company that aggregates and analyzes traffic data collected from vehicles and highway infrastructure. Los Angeles is the most congested city in the world, followed by New York City and Moscow, which are tied for the second place spot.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 09:48
Kuala Lumpur, 9 February 2018 –The UN-Habitat Executive Director today announced the theme of World Cities Day 2018: Building Sustainable and Resilient Cities. The announcement was made at the World Cities Day Forum held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, during the Ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9) currently underway. The Executive Director was joined in the session by Mr. Ni Hong, Vice-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 09:46
Investing in informal settlements and slum upgrading can leverage the socio-economic potential of sustainable urbanization and transformation leading to “inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable communities and cities” worldwide. In African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries especially, large scale interventions in informal settlements and slum upgrading have not taken off considerably to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 09:06
"Urbanisation can be an opportunity for development and a tool for development" KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations chief in charge of cities says urbanisation is about much more than building skyscrapers. It is people that really get her going. In her first media interview since becoming head of the U.N.'s urban agency, the ex-mayor said it was city dwellers who... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 16:23
More than half of the world's seven billion people live in urban areas, a figure expected to grow to 66 percent by 2050 KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The world's largest conference on cities opens on Wednesday as policymakers and activists strive to drive forward an ambitious 20-year road map for sustainable urban development. More than 20,000 delegates are expected at the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 15:42
Cities from five continents have been selected to contribute to the development of a global framework for water resilience. The City Water Resilience Framework, developed by Arup with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, will help cities better prepare for and respond to shocks and stresses to their water systems. Amman, Cape Town, Mexico City, Greater Miami and the Beaches, and Hull were... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 12:38
There are plenty of organizations that seem to be working on answers to secure smart cities, but in many ways it's like the early days of cloud computing with everyone building their own solutions. In an earlier post about smart city security, I made the case that there are two entrenched sides that, almost like the current political divide, are appealing to different audiences. I said that even... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 11:47
Around 20,000 urbanists will gather in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia next week for the 9th World Urban Forum. But WUF9’s preparations for a quadrennial report will only mark the beginning of a laborious year. For veterans of the global urban development scene, the World Urban Forum marks a watershed moment of sorts. For the first time since UN-Habitat hosted a global conference on cities at its Nairobi... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 11:37
India’s smart-city program offers a road map for cities working to prepare for mass urbanization with limited funds. In the next 15 years, about 200 million people will move from rural areas in India to the country’s urban centers. The shift will be massive, almost equal to the current populations of France, Germany, and the United Kingdom combined. While urbanization increases productivity and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, February 2, 2018 - 15:35
How do we prepare for the doubling of the global urban population by 2050? By dramatically rethinking urbanism and its governance. That means designing cities for people, not cars; allowing everyone access to urban opportunities; investing in resource-efficient buildings, transport, energy, water and waste systems; and enabling cities to experiment and to learn from each other. These are among... Read more

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