Urban Themes

[ Document ] Posted on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 16:08
The need for cities to fully harness the potential of data constantly flowing through them has never been more urgent. Data Driven Cities: 20 Stories of Innovation, highlights examples from around the world of how cities are doing exactly this: using new technology, data collection and analysis to improve services and liveability for their citizens. The report is part of a wider initiative by the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 15:36
(IPS) – Rapid urbanization is increasingly shifting the impacts of malnutrition from rural to urban areas. One in three stunted under-five children out of 155 million across the world now lives in cities and towns. Degrading land productivity, deepening impacts of changes in climate, conflict, and food insecurity, poverty and lack of livelihood opportunities are driving mostly the rural poor into... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 15:10
Throughout the course of history, cities have been hubs of diversity, creativity and economic growth. Across the globe, people are moving to cities looking for jobs, education and a better life. Every two weeks, the world’s urban population grows by 3 million people – roughly the size of Chicago. Constrained by legacy infrastructure and tight budgets, local governments are challenged to support... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 13, 2017 - 14:56
A new global standard for reporting cities’ greenhouse gas emissions inventories has been announced by the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy during the Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders at COP23, hosted by Bonn. The reporting framework is a harmonised protocol for local-scale greenhouse gas reporting and will allow cities to track their contributions and impacts in a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 13, 2017 - 14:41
In 2017, being a "smart city" isn't just about having fast internet. Officials around the world are gathering all types of data — on traffic, pollution levels, and energy use — to make their cities safer, healthier, and more efficient. The definition of a smart city has recently broadened to include environmental sustainability, affordable and reliable transit, access to education, and a local... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, November 10, 2017 - 12:58
Cities generate two-thirds of global energy demand and greenhouse-gas emissions, prompting much discussion on the needed role of local authorities in combating climate change. Global networks of city leaders have reaffirmed their commitment to doing their share to achieve global climate targets, and the number of such mayors is ever increasing. As exciting as it is to see such momentum from... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, November 10, 2017 - 12:58
Facing a new reality in the wake of monster storms, unprecedented flooding, dangerous and record-breaking heat and drought, wildfires and other challenges, cities stand determined to set their own framework for climate action. That framework increasingly includes not just working to mitigate the immediate problem but reaching across geographical and political boundaries to increase resilience,... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Friday, November 10, 2017 - 12:07
COUNTRY CONTEXT Madagascar is witnessing a rapid urbanization. Urban growth was about 4 % per annum over the period 1960 to 2000. The level of urbanization increased from 11 % in 1960 to 27 % in 2005. It is estimated that the balance point between urban and rural population (50-50%) will be reached by 2030. However, cities already account for approximately ¾ of the national GDP, with Antananarivo... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Friday, November 10, 2017 - 12:02
CONSULTANT VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT  Issued on 09 November 2017                                              ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: UN-Habitat, Iran DUTY STATION: Tehran, Iran FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Senior Urban Policy Consultant DURATIONSTART DATE Three and a half monthsNovember 2017 CLOSING DATE: 22 November 2017 CONTRACT TYPE LICA-UNOPS BACKGROUND The United Nations Human... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Friday, November 10, 2017 - 12:00
CONSULTANT VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTIssued on: 09 November 2017 ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: UN-HABITAT DUTY STATION: NAIROBI FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Consultant for the Evaluation of WASH in DPC Programme in northern Ghana DURATION: 2 months over 4 months (December 2017-March 2018) CLOSING DATE: 22 November 2017 BACKGROUNDDroughts, epidemic outbreaks, floods, and wildfires and other forms of... Read more