Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 12, 2017 - 10:03
By 2050, approximately two-thirds of the world's population will live in cities, up from just over half right now. In order to accommodate the masses, it's important for urban centers to rev up their preparations for the future — through infrastructure improvements, technological innovation, policy-making, environmental protections, and other forward-looking strategies. A new report from AT... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 12, 2017 - 09:50
Nairobi 9 June 2017– The Government of Italy is providing a soft loan to the Government of Kenya to improve solid waste management in Ngong town, a satellite urban centre of the capital city, Nairobi. The project will allow the introduction of sanitary landfill technology and resource recovery facilities at a new site in Ngong town that will replace the illegal dumpsite that is currently in use... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 12, 2017 - 09:44
06 June 2017 – When land associated violence rocked her Bunia hometown in Ituri Province, Ms.  Louise Tajeki gathered her earthly possessions and together with her family fled to Beni in another part of the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2003. It was not until months later when the situation stabilised that she was able to move back to her home, having tasted the bitter fruits of communal... Read more
[ Interaction ] Posted on Monday, June 12, 2017 - 09:39
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo was once a labour inspector and upon taking office in 2014, insisted housing was her “absolute priority”. But it’s another issue — climate change — that has since become her signature. From instituting popular car-free days to hosting over a thousand local leaders during a major United Nations climate conference, the Spanish-born Hidalgo, who became a French citizen as a... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Friday, June 9, 2017 - 08:45
Projections of uncertain futures pervade public and political debates around the world. Spectres of natural disaster, disease outbreak, economic crisis, infrastructural breakdown and violent conflict persistently threaten to disrupt city life. Social, economic and political stability have become central concerns for urban governance, development and planning. With future projections,... Read more
[ Partner ] Posted on Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 17:18
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 14:54
With over two billion smartphone users worldwide, the opportunity to use this increased connectivity to improve city services has never been greater. Nick Michell discovers the innovative apps that are helping transport authorities get more commuters out of private cars and onto public transport In this increasingly digital era, you’d be hard pressed to find a bus or train carriage that isn’t at... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 13:54
Nearly 250 U.S. mayors have pledged to uphold the country’s greenhouse gas commitments. It might be a long shot. But Trump put politics on their side. Think of the Paris climate accord as a delicate scale. Every nation works to meet carefully co-determined carbon cuts, holding one another accountable towards the utterly un-simple goal of limiting catastrophic global warming. By withdrawing the U... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 11:30
Background   The Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) is responsible for developing policy and guidance to support implementation of UNDP’s Strategic Plan.  BPPS’s staff provide technical advice to Country Offices; advocates for UNDP corporate messages, represents UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora, and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas.  BPPS works... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 10:58
By the year 2050, 70 percent of the world’s population will be urban. With 1.5 million people moving into cities every week, managing urban growth is one of the most important development challenges facing the world today. In an effort to create a global framework to guide sustainable urbanization for the next twenty years, national governments adopted The New Urban Agenda during The United... Read more