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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 19:55
The housing sector uses 40 per cent of the planet’s total resources and represents more than a third of global greenhouse gas emissions. Constructed primarily from locally-sourced, bio-based renewable materials, the module is efficient, multi-functional and engineered to operate independently. New York, 09 July 2018 – UN Environment and Yale University in collaboration with UN Habitat today... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 19:48
A quarter of India's urban population lives in informal housing including slums MUMBAI, July 9 - Tens of thousands of low-cost homes are lying empty across India even as officials race to meet a deadline to provide housing for everyone by 2022, which analysts say highlights critical shortcomings in government policy. About 164,000 low-cost homes built under previous schemes are vacant, according... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 19:46
Researchers contest widely-accepted United Nations' predictions on urban population growth SEATTLE - Widely accepted numbers on how much of the world's population lives in cities are incorrect, with major implications for development aid and the provision of public services for billions of people, researchers say. The United Nations predicts the world's urban population is expected to grow to 70... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 09:18
IN her first press conference in Malaysia since assuming the role as executive director of UN-Habitat, Datuk Maimunah Mohd Sharif, had a momentary lapse. In fielding questions from the local media in Kuala Lumpur earlier this week, she used “we” when asked on certain localised issues. “I have to mindful that I am now speaking in my capacity as a UN representative,” she recalls with a chuckle. Of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 9, 2018 - 14:27
In June, Cities Today brought together municipal governments and mobility service providers to discuss the challenges of introducing ‘Mobility-as-a-Service’ (MaaS) to cities across Europe during the 11th 2020 Cities meeting.Pascal Smet, Brussels’ Mobility Chief and Chair of the 2020 Cities meetings, spoke about the goal of transforming the Belgian capital’s streets and buildings to create a zero-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 9, 2018 - 12:39
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, has launched a roadmap to better utilise tech and data to make London the smartest city in the world. Smarter London Together includes more than 20 initiatives designed to support the development of the next generation of smart technology and promote greater data sharing among the city’s public services. “To solve the biggest problems our great city faces, I am... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 9, 2018 - 12:12
Combine the rapid rate of technological change with a globalized economy, and it’s evident that our cities are transforming at an unprecedented pace. But while these fast-moving currents are found in pretty much every urbanized setting, not every city is doing well to navigate them. In an increasingly digital and global economy, cities must be able to attract high-end talent, foster innovation... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 9, 2018 - 12:01
The final day of Mobilize Dar es Salaam, June 28th, 2018, began with the plenary, “Advancing Inclusive City Design from Fringe to Mainstream.” On the premise that an equitable city takes into account the needs of everyone— including women, children, elderly people, and people with disabilities—in transport planning, the session explored ideas and dilemmas of designing inclusive transit systems.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 9, 2018 - 11:52
Cities committed to 100 percent Renewable Energy Hundreds of U.S. cities have committed to 100 percent renewable energy (RE). Cities already achieving 100 percent include Burlington, Vermont, Aspen, Colorado, Greensburg, Kansas, and Rock Port, Missouri. In these cities, energy efficiency makes the transition to renewables much easier. In every city, it is a different mix of solar, wind,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 09:38
In disaster-prone Bangladesh, all the country's 329 municipalities have agreed to join the U.N.'s Making Cities Resilient Campaign KUALA LUMPUR - Bangladeshi cities have signed up en masse to a U.N. campaign to develop local action plans and improve infrastructure to prepare for disasters, officials said on Tuesday. Low-lying, densely-populated Bangladesh is one of the world's most disaster-prone... Read more