Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 14:34
Berlin, 18 July 2017 – The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Institute of Transport Research of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that aims to promote  cooperation between the institutions in the field of Sustainable Urban Mobility. The Memorandum was signed by Dirk Heinrichs, Head of Division of Mobility and Urban... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 12:34
We should be careful not to exaggerate the differences between the most and the least advanced global cities. Security solutions in Toronto might very well be applicable in Karachi; and digital services in Singapore could eventually take root in Kabul We are now in the final days of the industrial age. Just as the second generation of steam engines propelled the Industrial Revolution forward, so... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 12:28
This month, C40 is exploring what it takes to create a sustainable neighbourhood.  Anyone who lives in a city – no matter how big or small – knows that we experience the city through our local neighbourhoods: the places where we live, work and play. If mayors, urban planners, businesses and citizens can make these individual communities green, then they will be well on their way to making their... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 11:57
One of the toughest environmental and social challenges of our time is managing the mobility of people and goods. By 2030, passenger traffic will exceed 80,000 billion passenger-kilometers—a fifty percent increase—and freight volume will grow by 70 percent globally. In fast-growing places like India, China, sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia, billions of people will have higher lifestyle... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 11:47
Climate change and urbanization have been identified as major challenges that will have an increasingly significant impact on the well-being of children in coming decades, particularly on the poorest and most vulnerable children (UNICEF 2016). This is nowhere more so than in Uganda, which is already frequently affected by droughts and where the rate of urbanization is high. Uganda has made great... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 10:50
Delivering on the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris climate agreement will require accelerating public-private cooperation and deploying new technological solutions. The Sustainable Development Impact Summit aims to advance both by providing a multistakeholder platform for concerted action. The World Economic Forum will work closely with leaders from... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 09:54
The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2017 reviews progress made towards the 17 Goals in the second year of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The report is based on the latest available data. It highlights both gains and challenges as the international community moves towards full realization of the ambitions and principles espoused in the 2030 Agenda. While... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 09:47
New York 18 July 2017— UN-Habitat cosponsored a side event at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development recently held at the UN-Headquarters in New York. The event mainly focused on making sustainable development work at all ages, with a focus on eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity for older persons. The side event participants included representatives of Member States,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 15:15
Across the US, urban parks are enjoying a renaissance. Dozens of new parks are being built or restored and cities are being creative about how and where they are located. Space under highways, on old rail infrastructure, reclaimed industrial waterfronts or even landfills are all in play as development pressure on urban land grows along with outdoor recreation needs. These innovative parks are... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 15:05
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. has sponsored an Urban Mobility Index, created by the Centre for Economics and Business Research, an independent economics and business research consultancy, to calculate where the world stands on the road to sustainable urban mobility. The index tracks the progress of 35 major cities from around the world in their efforts to reduce emissions and asks: which will be... Read more