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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 17:54
My wife recently gave birth to our first child. It’s an exciting time – and also one that portends great changes for our future. Cities are supposedly hostile to children. But living on the Upper West Side of New York, we’ve experienced nothing but oohs and ahhs over our son. The people in our neighborhood love children. And there are plenty of them around. The UWS is one of those places you... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 11:14
A high-level U.N. meeting on 5-6 September may sound arcane, but the decisions made there could decide how sustainable our cities are for generations. Here’s what needs to happen. In these contested times, a slow realization is taking hold in national capitals, regions and cities across the world of the potential for sustainable urbanization to accelerate the implementation of sustainable... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 10:58
A UN panel, appointed by António Guterres, Secretary-General, UN, has recommended that ‘UN Urban’ be established as a coordinating mechanism similar to UN-Water or UN-Energy, as part of system-wide UN reform. The High Level Independent Panel’s report says that UN-Habitat–the UN programme mandated in 1978 by UN General Assembly to address the issues of urban growth–“has limitations in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 10:50
This past year has been tumultuous. With the inauguration of President Donald Trump, the rise of far-right extremists in the US, and terror attacks reverberating across the globe, 2017 has changed the world. However, there are a number of cities around the world where citizens are happy, social services, are improving, and economies are growing. These places routinely make the list of the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 12:44
Data collection and analysis have played an important role in smart cities, but should citizens’ privacy be used as a foundation? The real-time analysis of data procured over various electronic platforms has become integral to the development of infrastructure, planning and policy formulation within cities across Asia. Big data collected from social media, cellphone usage patterns and mobile... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 12:42
INTERACT-Bio is about working together to mainstream biodiversity and associated nature-based solutions into the way we plan and build the cities of the Global South. This ambitious new project enables ICLEI to work directly with nine biodiverse city-regions, their national governments and other stakeholders across three countries. From Brazil to India to Tanzania, the Regional Offices of ICLEI... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 12:13
Last year marked the first time that construction began on more higher-density housing in Australia than detached dwellings. While many may claim this as a success for “compact city” policies, the negative consequences of this transition disproportionately affect lower-income and disadvantaged households. This is partly because of what our apartment buildings are like to live in, as yesterday’s... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 11:49
Cement is the world’s most widely used material apart from water, largely because it is the key ingredient in concrete, the world’s favourite building material. But with cement’s success comes a huge amount of greenhouse emissions. For every tonne of cement produced in Australia, 0.82 tonnes of CO₂ is released. That might not sound like much, especially when compared with the 1.8 tonnes emitted... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 11:01
Fast-growing cities will determine how the world manages to fight poverty, disease and climate change in coming decades but increased resilience is likely to come with a hefty price tag, said urban development experts. While cities are poised to benefit from technological innovation, tackling crippling inequality is crucial to help cope with shocks and stresses which are set to rise alongside... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 21, 2017 - 14:24
With the release of a major report commissioned by U. N. Secretary-General António Guterres, the United Nations appears to be on a path to integrate its 20-year urbanization strategy, the New Urban Agenda, into the global body’s development architecture. But until that report’s recommendations are finalized and member states line up to fund its outcomes, a concentrated diplomatic effort on... Read more