Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 21, 2017 - 13:44
We recently ran a livechat on the Guardian public leaders network, where our expert panellists discussed resilient cities. Some of the topics included: What are the key ingredients for success in creating a more resilient city? What is more important, resilient leadership and officers or the right infrastructure? Which cities are leading the way in creating a more resilient environment for their... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Friday, April 21, 2017 - 13:09
This report provides the reader with compelling evidences drawn from the UN-Habitat Sample of 200 cities showing that urban planning and design is declining globally. It demonstrates that cities are expanding endlessly to peripheries on a pattern of low residential densities and fragmented urbanization, with housing becoming unaffordable by either home ownership or rental. The report brings... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Friday, April 21, 2017 - 13:02
Research shows that there is a positive correlation between planned urbanization and development and that urban economies are more productive than rural economies. Well-planned urbanization can be a powerful tool for creating employment and livelihoods. This requires a mindset shift away from viewing urbanization as a problem towards viewing urbanization as a powerful tool for development. UN-... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Friday, April 21, 2017 - 09:31
Closing date: Wednesday, 26 April 2017 Posting Title: ASSOCIATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER, P2 (Temporary Job Opening) Job Code Title: ASSOCIATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER Department/ Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme Duty Station: NAIROBI Posting Period: 20 April 2017-26 April 2017 Job Opening number: 17-ADM-UNHABITAT-76675-J-NAIROBI (T) Staffing Exercise ID: N/A United Nations Core... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Friday, April 21, 2017 - 09:27
CONSULTANT VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTIssued on: 20 April 2017 ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: UN-HABITAT DUTY STATION: NAIROBI FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Youth Coordinator DURATION: 6 months CLOSING DATE: 27 April 2017 BACKGROUND In Kenya youth under the age of 20 represent 59% of a population of 25 million Six and a half million are between the ages of 10 and 19. Youth account for about 55 % of the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 21, 2017 - 09:25
19 April, Nairobi – Plan International recently launched their programme ‘Safer Cities for Girls’ in Kenya with the help of UN-Habitat. The programme launch started with a one-week workshop with community leaders, all young men and women from Jipange Youth Groups – a coalition of youth groups that empowers young people and promotes the practice of good governance on community development... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 21, 2017 - 09:14
Most are doing well on a few targets, but worrying gaps are emerging. And some cities are in danger of backsliding. We are now almost halfway through the first 1,000 days of implementation of the landmark Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the global framework that seeks to eradicate poverty, combat climate change, and promote peaceful and inclusive societies — all by 2030. In countries... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 21, 2017 - 08:59
Last year, as Paris briefly earned the ignominious title of world’s worst city for air quality, Mayor Anne Hidalgo pledged that she would start a global observatory to tackle urban pollution. Now, she has delivered. Last month, Hidalgo formally presented the Global Urban Air Pollution Observatory, or GUAPO for short, to the Paris city council. Already, Abidjan, London, Mexico and Rotterdam have... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 12:37
Context Around the world, waste generation rates are rising. In 2012, the worlds’ cities generated 1.3 billion tonnes of solid waste per year, amounting to a footprint of 1.2 kilograms per person per day. With rapid population growth and urbanization, municipal waste generation is expected to rise to 2.2 billion tonnes by 2025. Compared to those in developed nations, residents in developing... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 12:35
Why are carefully designed, sensible policies too often not adopted or implemented? When they are, why do they often fail to generate development outcomes such as security, growth, and equity? And why do some bad policies endure? This World Development Report 2017: Governance and the Law addresses these fundamental questions, which are at the heart of development. Policy making and policy... Read more

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