Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 11:11
A delegation of local and regional leaders and representatives of the networks of the Global Taskforce will bring the messages of local government networks to the UNGA High-level Meeting on the New Urban Agenda and UN-Habitat this week On Monday, 4 September, the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments met in New York to adopt a joint statement on the report of the Independent Panel... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 10:58
The waters are receding in Houston, and so, inevitably, is national interest. But Harvey will leave a huge amount of wreckage behind, some of it invisible. In particular, we don’t yet know just how much poison has been released by flooding of chemical plants, waste dumps, and more. But it’s a good bet that more people will eventually die from the toxins Harvey leaves behind than were killed... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 10:49
Chengdu aims to provide 17,000km of protected bicycle lanes as part of plans to tackle pollution and traffic congestion ork began on Saturday and the city government plans to finish the project in less than a decade, the Chengdu Evening News reported on Monday. “At present, considering all cities around the world, the Tianfu cycle lane should be the longest,” said Zhang Jing, an architect... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 4, 2017 - 16:07
The OECD recently released the report, “Social Protection in East Africa: Harnessing the Future,” with a specific focus on Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Mozambique. The report aims to inform social protection policy formulation in light of anticipated changes in the region, including rapid urbanization, climate change, and population growth.  The report states that in the period... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 4, 2017 - 12:32
Ahead of a major meeting next week, a prominent grouping of civil society representatives is urging the United Nations to strengthen its coordinated response to rapid urbanization by copying mechanisms set up decades ago: those created to combat global climate change. The suggestion comes from an umbrella group of urban constituencies known as the General Assembly of Partners (GAP). In a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 4, 2017 - 12:08
Global warming may have intensified Hurricane Harvey and storms in Asia and Africa but the real problem may be our sprawling cities First came the dire warnings of Hurricane Harvey, then the terrible scenes as the skies opened, whole neighbourhoods drowned and motorways became rivers. Now, as the waters subside and the full extent of the damage is assessed, come the voices of distraught people... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 4, 2017 - 11:18
In news that might surprise some, South Africa’s densely populated financial capital, Johannesburg, has been declared the country’s most environmentally friendly metro area in an annual government-run competition. The Greenest Municipality Competition, now in its sixth year (it was previously called the “Cleanest Town Competition”) was created by South Africa’s department of environmental... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 16:14
Paris, July 13, 2017—Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, and Sameh Wahba, Director of the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice of the World Bank, signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at UNESCO Headquarters today to reinvigorate the two institutions’ joint commitment to advance sustainable development by investing in culture, urban development, and resilience in an... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 15:26
Stevens has its very first Living Laboratory—thanks to Elizabeth Fassman-Beck. Fassman-Beck is a professor at Stevens Institute of Technology. An associate professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering, Fassman-Beck teaches engineering hydrology and stormwater management. She is also one of the world's leading experts on green roofs, and has co-authored a book about ... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 14:42
Water is vital, yet climate change and rising populations are putting pressure on supplies. Learn how cities and companies are collaborating on water governance with this infographic. Source: CPD This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this... Read more