Urban Themes

[ Opportunities ] Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 10:34
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTIssued on: 18 April 2017 ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: Kenya DUTY STATION: Nairobi FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Urban Sports Coordinator DURATION: 1 month CLOSING DATE: 25  April 2017 BACKGROUND      Sport has historically played an important role in all societies, be it in the form of competitive sport, physical activity or play. Sport and play are human rights that must... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 10:31
Chengdu, 13 April 2017 – UN-Habitat and UN-Environment, in collaboration with the Chengdu Municipal People’s Government, have started working on an assessment of the development plans for the city’s Greenbelt and Shaocheng District. The experts of both UN agencies met with government officials in March in Chengdu to launch the implementation of the joint project titled “Urban Renewal and Green... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 10:09
New York, 10 March 2017 — At the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York (13-24 March 2017), the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Ms Amina Mohamed and other keynote speakers, reaffirmed the catalytic role that women and girls play in development. Importantly, the Deputy Secretary General and other speakers called for participatory approaches, such as slum... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 10:01
Developing cities can finance climate-resilient infrastructure and renewable-energy projects by improving their creditworthiness or aligning investment goals with green bond performance targets, according to a recent report. The strategy is detailed in Green Bonds for Cities: A Strategic Guide for City-level Policymakers in Developing Countries, published by the Climate Policy Initiative. The... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 09:43
New innovations in green bonds, climate insurance, sustainable and resilience standards and certifications, and more. The evidence is overwhelming. Besides being the warmest year on record, 2016 saw an overwhelming number of “pollution peak” days in cities across the globe. Paris, for instance, is regularly exposing more than 1.5 million inhabitants to pollution levels that do not respect... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 09:39
More than 250 years ago, France proved instrumental in delivering a political revolution to what became the United States of America. Now, the European country hopes to revolutionize U. S. cities through a crowdsourced effort prepared by the French-American Foundation. Last year, the foundation surveyed nearly 3,000 experts in urban development — mayor’s offices, universities, think tanks,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 09:29
Christiana Figueres, the Costa Rican diplomat who played an instrumental role in brokering the Paris climate agreement, heralded the role of cities in a campaign announced Monday to urge that action will have to take place by the end of this decade to make good on the landmark accord. A little over a year has passed since Figueres, then the executive director of the United Nations Framework... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 17:34
Almost six months after the United Nations adopted a new 20-year urbanization strategy, U. N. Secretary General António Guterres this week made his first official pronouncement on cities. As part of the ongoing effort to reshape how urban issues are addressed within the international body, Guterres announced Wednesday the composition of a highly-anticipated eight-member panel that will assess... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Monday, April 10, 2017 - 15:52
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTIssued on: 10 April 2017 ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: UN-HABITAT DUTY STATION: Nairobi FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Architect Consultant GRADE:   POST DURATION 08 Months CLOSING DATE:   20/04/2017   BACKGROUNDThe United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 10, 2017 - 15:03
GENEVA — Every year in the Swiss ski resort town of Davos, world leaders and titans of industry gather under the auspices of the World Economic Forum. From monetary policy to geopolitics, cybersecurity to virtual reality, the January confab is a marquee meeting for the future of the world economy. Since 2009, a small group of business executives have met in the rarified Alpine air to ponder how... Read more