Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 7, 2017 - 14:32
Take a glance at the business section of any major city’s newspaper, and the headlines will often announce investors pumping millions of dollars into private real estate deals. Much rarer are stories of investors putting their money behind vital urban infrastructure for addressing climate change. A new partnership, announced 4 April at London City Hall, hopes to change that scenario by sharing... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 16:04
On billboards and posters around the world, advertisers portray their visions of smart cities with exciting and innovative technologies enabling ever higher levels of productivity and new ways of life for urban residents. Economies driven by data and interconnectivity promise to revolutionize the means of production and to banish the chaos and filth of earlier ages. From North America to India,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 12:39
Berlin – 5 April 2017. The first Capacity Development based on the UN-Habitat MetroHUB methodology was held in Berlin, Germany for 19 Ugandan government officials.  The capacity development and learning exchange visit to Berlin was a tailor made programme for the participants from 14 Ugandan municipalities and the Uganda Ministry for Urban Development.  The Ugandan Minister of State for Urban... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 12:14
This month, a group of urban thinkers from the United Nations, the European Commission and other organizations are meeting in Brussels to continue a curiously complex attempt: developing a universal definition of the “city”. The meeting is a pivotal step toward ironing out a globally applicable city definition that can be used to measure progress on the Sustainable Development Goals,... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 16:24
Organized by the Habitat III Secretariat in collaboration with the Ministry of Urban Development of the Republic of Albania (Ministria e Zhvillimit Urban) April 11, 2017 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Plaza Hotel, Jeronim de Rada Hall, 23rd FloorRruga 28 Nëntori, Tirana, Albania NEW URBAN AGENDA: URBAN CHALLENGES AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT   9:30 a.m. Registration - Get together, coffee & tea... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 16:09
“The future of India lies in its villages,” said Mahatma Gandhi. Self-reliant villages formed a sound basis for just, equitable and non-violent order, he believed. Decades later, his ardent follower Narendra Modi thinks otherwise. He is pinning hopes on building a better India through ‘smarter’ urban cities. About 25-30 people are expected to migrate every minute from the rural areas to the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 16:04
Governments are waking up to the idea that curious citizens can be a powerful digital resource and are breathing life into archaic systems When we think of governments and technology, the image that springs to mind is more likely to be clunky computers and red tape than it is nimble innovators. But things are changing. The geeks in jeans are making their way into government and starting to shake... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 16:02
Urbanization and the notion of smart cities have been emerging topics for some time now. This is no surprise, given that urban residents accounted for 54 percent of the total global population in 2015, and are expected to grow to 60 percent by 2030, according to the World Health Organization. In order to accommodate this urban population growth, cities will continue to face increasing challenges... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 15:32
Closing date: Thursday, 13 April 2017 The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, education, emergency food security, legal... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 14:02
What might cities in a world without fossil fuels look, smell and sound like? The Post-Fossil City Contest, sponsored by the Urban Futures Studio at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, aims to imagine an urban utopia devoid of gasoline, diesel and coal — and the fumes and pollution associated with them. The competition tapped the creative juices of artists, designers, architects, urbanists,... Read more