Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 11:26
Too much of today’s conversation focuses on energy generation rather than urban design, land-use planning and zoning interventions. Cities generate two-thirds of global energy demand and greenhouse-gas emissions, prompting much discussion on the neededrole of local authorities in combating climate change. Global networks of city leaders have reaffirmed their commitment to doing their share to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 10:28
One of the defining aspects of our current civilization and one of the most worrying trends of modernity is our urbanization as a species. When we take the long view of human history, it becomes obvious that for 99% of our history, we have been a rural people, the majority of us making our living off the land and in small, agrarian communities. Though history (especially the last 2,000 years or... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 - 15:11
Cities throughout the world are witnessing rapid growth, thus increasing the demand for high-quality services and necessitating that governments and municipalities develop improved solutions that fulfill the requirements for sustainable urban development and assure the social, economic, and environmental interactions distinctive of cities in the modern era. The observable acceleration in... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 - 15:05
This publication on Urban-Rural Linkages reaffirms that the discourse on urbanization must depart from the traditional and outdated dichotomy of urban and rural; in order for urban and rural areas to be sustainable they must develop in tandem, inequalities must be reduced and the development gap bridged. Urban and rural spaces are inextricably linked economically, socially and environmentally... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 - 14:48
Results – based management (RBM) is a broad management approach whose core focus is achieving results. The Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) defines RBM as a “management strategy by which processes, outputs and services contribute to the achievement of clearly stated expected accomplishments and objectives. Source: UN-Habitat This article is culled from daily press coverage from... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 - 14:42
Emergent technologies are poised to radically change how we work and live. They will transform our cities and workplaces, shifting jobs and entrepreneurship in new directions, and spur new ways to manage our lives. All of society will be affected, up to and including how we interact with machines themselves. Sophisticated machines and applications that communicate online will accelerate... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 - 13:28
Yet again, this week, man-made disaster was presented as a natural calamity. It is true that on August 29, Mumbai received roughly 315 mm of rain. However, this was less than half of what Mumbai received on July 26, 2005. The effect was just as crippling—the city was flooded, transport came to a halt, millions were stranded, leading to loss of life and damage to property. It was as if little had... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 - 12:49
UNITED NATIONS — National governments this week made clear that they are not interested in the creation of a new U. N. body to coordinate global action on sustainable urbanization. But the “UN Urban” proposal was not all that was on the table at the high-level meeting here. The focus of this week’s talks was how to reform UN-Habitat, the international body’s lead agency on urbanization —... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Friday, September 8, 2017 - 12:45
Kumar is the sole provider for his family. He runs an ironing service in Bengaluru that brings in between $6 and $7.50 a day, enough to barely get by. When the power cuts out two to three times a day in the summer for as long as four hours, Kumar has to leave the irons dormant and he brings home much less. Cities that are already struggling to provide clean, affordable and reliable energy to... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Friday, September 8, 2017 - 10:09
International Junior Consultant, Sustainable Urbanization Location : Bangkok, THAILAND Application Deadline : 22-Sep-17 (Midnight New York, USA) Type of Contract : Individual Contract Post Level : International Consultant Languages Required : English Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 02-Oct-2017 Duration of Initial Contract : October 2017- June 2018 Expected... Read more

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