Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 12:12
A new vision for the future of sustainability. A generation ago, the United Nations launched the Global Compact, an effort to connect sustainability with private-sector entrepreneurism. Today, it is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, involving more than 12,000 signatories from over 160 countries. The creation of the Global Compact was a landmark event in that it signalled... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 11:53
ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION Somalia Programme, Regional Office for Africa, UN-Habitat DUTY STATION Nairobi, with frequent travel to Somalia FUNCTIONAL TITLE Programme Support  Expert CONTRACT TYPE Individual Contractor Agreement POST DURATION 6 months CLOSING DATE 26 June 2017 BACKGROUNDOver 1.1 million people, or nearly ten percent, of the Somali population live in... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 10:59
CONSULTANCY JOB OPENINGIssued on: 19th June 2017 ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: Urban Economy and Finance Branch, UN-HABITAT DUTY STATION: Nairobi FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Consultant – Municipal and Sustainable Finance DURATION: 4 months CLOSING DATE: 26th June 2017 BACKGROUNDThe United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the UN agency for human settlements. It is mandated... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 10:10
2017 TRANSFORMATIVE ACTION AWARD Entry for the 2017 Award is now open! Applications for the first edition of the Transformative Action Award are now being accepted. TIMELINE Submission opens: March 2017 Closing date: 14 July 2017 Short-list of candidates: September 2017 Transformative Actions Award ceremony: October 2017 CONTACT  Any queries regarding this contest should be... Read more
[ Interaction ] Posted on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 09:50
Jonathan Andrews spoke to Devin de Vries, Co Founder, WhereIsMyTransport, one of the Global Urban Innovators during the New Cities Summit What are the basic concepts and who is it aimed at? While open, real-time public transport data is the norm in many cities, this is not the case in emerging cities. Typically, a range of modes–from informally run minibus taxis to formally run rail networks–... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 09:45
Perched on reclaimed land where over a decade ago the Yellow Sea once lapped the shores of South Korea, Songdo has grown to become one of the better-known greenfield cities in the world. Jonathan Andrews reports from Songdo which last week played host to the sixth New Cities Summit under the theme of ‘Thriving cities: the building blocks of urban wellbeing’. Getting wellbeing right from the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 09:00
BANGKOK, June 19(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In Phrom Samrit, a squatter settlement along a major canal in Bangkok, most of the 300 households live cheek by jowl and have become used to floods after living next to water all their lives. But now their resilience is being chipped away, says Adirak Sangnut, the slum's elected leader. "Before, it started flooding after raining for three days. But... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 19, 2017 - 12:33
China is at a critical juncture, shifting its focus away from urban expansion towards regional revitalization and urban regeneration. Changes in productivity patterns in the once-industrial engines of the country, such as the Northeast, have led these regions to identify new drivers of growth. Increasing limits on the physical expansion of cities and constraints on the old resettle-demolish-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 19, 2017 - 12:11
Will technology be the savior of urban mobility? Urbanization and rising incomes have been driving rapid motorization across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. While cities are currently home to 54 percent of the global population, that proportion is expected to increase to 66 percent by 2050. At the same time, business-as-usual trends suggest we could see 2.5 billon vehicles by 2050, most of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 19, 2017 - 10:51
Brussels, 16 June 2017– With a strong call on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda, UN-Habitat marked its presence at the European Development Days, the major forum on development policies and cooperation in Europe.   Urbanization, if planned and managed properly, is a powerful tool for economic development, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability. A well-managed urbanization... Read more