Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Friday, February 10, 2017 - 11:41
WASHINGTON, February 9, 2017—Africa’s cities are growing in population – adding the size of another Nigeria to cities by 2025 – so have a critical role to play in their countries’ economic growth, says a new World Bank report released today. Improving conditions for people and businesses in African cities by aggressively investing in infrastructure and reforming land markets is the key to... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Friday, February 10, 2017 - 11:25
Cities in Sub-Saharan Africa are experiencing rapid population growth. Yet their economic growth has not kept pace. Why? One factor might be low capital investment, due in part to Africa’s relative poverty: Other regions have reached similar stages of urbanization at higher per capita GDP. This study, however, identifies a deeper reason: African cities are closed to the world. Compared with... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Friday, February 10, 2017 - 11:20
Dear FSN Forum members and colleagues, Urbanization and rural transformation are rapidly unfolding across the world and are affecting food security and nutrition in several ways; they call for new policies and programmes that take into consideration and address the changing rural-urban contexts. Following the CFS Forum on Urbanization, Rural Transformation and Implications for Food Security and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, February 10, 2017 - 11:04
Ancient Egyptian civilization and culture thrived due to an abundance of food produced by the rich fertile soil sustained by the Nile, the world’s longest river. Thanks to an abundance of crops like barley and grains, Egyptians were able to focus on cultural, economic and artistic development.  Now, thousands of years later, the most densely populated North African country with a population of... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Friday, February 10, 2017 - 10:42
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTIssued on: 09 February 2017 ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: UN-Habitat – External Relations Division, WUC DUTY STATION: NAIROBI FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Campaign Consultant DURATION: 13 March – 12 December 2017 (9 months) CLOSING DATE: 16 February, 2017 BACKGROUNDThe World Urban Campaign (WUC) is a global coalition of public, private and civil society partners seeking to raise the urban... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Friday, February 10, 2017 - 10:41
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTIssued on: 09 February 2017 ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: UN-Habitat – Advocacy, Outreach and Communications Branch, WUC DUTY STATION: NAIROBI FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Campaign Partnerships and Communication Consultant DURATION: 1 April – 31 December 2017 (9 months) CLOSING DATE: 16 February, 2017 BACKGROUNDThe World Urban Campaign (WUC) is a global coalition of public, private and civil... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, February 10, 2017 - 10:37
Cities are Brazil’s economic powerhouse—they produce almost 90% of the GDP and are the major drivers of the country’s growth and development. Rapid and unplanned urbanization, however, has led to issues such as concentrated poverty, insufficient access to basic services, and a lack of quality public spaces. Public spaces, such as parks, help enhance livability, while also building up resilience... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, February 10, 2017 - 09:43
When Carlos Dora of the World Health Organization put up his slide on air pollution estimates around the world, there was a blank space where the figures on Africa should be. The “NA” he used is indicative of how little is understood of air pollution on the continent, even as it becomes one of the largest threats of a rapidly urbanizing environment. Dora, a coordinator in the WHOs Public Health... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 15:05
Air pollution, piles of garbage, open electrical wires and chaotic traffic are just a few of the hazards that children in India's cities negotiate every day. While these problems may be an everyday feature of city life, mounting research indicates these urban problems are detrimental to the mental and physical development of children. These concerns are highlighted by a report on children's... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 13:38
Cities have become major engines of sustainable development with enormous potential to improve the quality of life of inhabitants through strengthened access to health care and education. For cities to continue meeting the burgeoning demands of their growing populations however, citizens and other stakeholders must take concrete actions to invest in forward-thinking innovations that can address... Read more

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