Urban Themes

[ Document ] Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 12:59
The World Economic Forum has released a report taking a deep dive on migration and cities, exploring the types, causes and patterns of migration, the most affected corridors and cities, the impact on urban infrastructure and services, the solutions that can be employed and how cities can seek to future proof themselves to address this growing challenge. The report captures the migration... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 12:38
One hundred and fifty-nine cities have presented an appeal to the United Nations Secretary and all UN agencies to recognise their role in shaping sustainable food systems. The call came during an annual gathering of Milan Urban Food Policy Pact cities, this year hosted by Valencia. During the three-day summit, Toronto and the capital of Madagascar, Antananarivo, were announced as winners of the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 12:13
Parking may seem like a “pedestrian” topic (pun intended). However, parking is of increasing importance in metropolitan areas worldwide. On average, motor vehicles are parked 95% of the time. Yet most transport analysis focuses on vehicles when they are moving. Substantial amounts of land and buildings are set aside to accommodate “immobile” vehicles. In Australia, Brisbane provides 25,633... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 11:51
Lessons from the Philippine city of Naga and the turnaround efforts of its former six-term mayor. When the late Jesse Robredo was elected mayor of Naga in 1988, the Philippine city was in dire financial straits. Its coffers were in the red, its tax base had eroded to only 2,000 enterprises and tax avoidance was endemic, exacerbated by rumours that local officials were receiving kickbacks from a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 - 17:18
In 2015, over a billion people migrated: 244 million went abroad and 763 million moved within their home country. Some boarded planes to start a new job in another country. Some risked their lives in overcrowded boats, fleeing war or famine. And others left the countryside in search of jobs and a better quality of life. What the vast majority have in common is that they ended up moving to a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 - 16:53
With its focus on renewable energy sources and eco-friendly buildings, Washington D.C is setting new standards for cities not just in the U.S. but also globally. The U.S. capital recently received the highest level of certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard – making it the world’s first LEED Platinum city. Originally devised to evaluate the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 - 13:53
Quezon City, Philippines., October 27, 2017— Despite the recent suspension of work and classes due to a public transport strike affecting all of Metro Manila, about 40 representatives from five Philippine national government agencies showed up for the first training workshop on Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans & Designs (BCRUPD), a German government funded project with UN-... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 - 12:38
Issued on: 30 October 2017 ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION UN-Habitat, Somalia Programme DUTY STATION Nairobi/ Kenya (with travel to Somalia) FUNCTIONAL TITLE Monitoring and Evaluation Expert CONTRACT TYPE Consultant POST DURATION 6 months CLOSING DATE 13 November 2017 BACKGROUNDUN-Habitat has been active in the Somalia urban sector for more than 20 years and currently is... Read more
[ Interaction ] Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 - 12:25
When it comes to the age-old negotiation between local and national governments, African Centre for Cities co-founder Susan Parnell sees two extremes. On the one side are those who believe that cities have all the answers, and that if they were just unshackled from the rules set out by national governments, they could provide robust economies and just societies for all. That vision is... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 - 10:55
MENDOZA, Argentina — The city leaders had come from all across Argentina, from icy Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, to subtropical Puerto Iguazú, gateway to the famous waterfalls. And they had one purpose: to get talking about how to improve Argentina’s cities. It was Argentina’s first ever Foro Urbano Nacional, or National Urban Forum. At dozens of tables packed into an event hall,... Read more