Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 - 10:34
Over a year ago, national and city leaders from around the world gathered at the Habitat III conference in Quito to endorse the New Urban Agenda, which sets a new global standard for sustainable urban development and guides global efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in the era of climate change. In just three weeks, early February 2018, representatives of the world’s countries... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 - 10:33
While some world leaders resist global cooperation, city leaders are working across borders to tackle big issues like global warming, immigration and terrorism, says urban expert Robert Muggah. Amid the relentlessly grim news on climate change, there is a glimmer of hope — and it’s coming from our cities. Even as the US is pulling out from its commitment to the Paris climate accord, cities of all... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 - 10:30
Renewable energy in cities took major strides in 2017. It was a momentous year in terms of ambition, with both cities and large companies making broad commitments to both renewable energy (RE) and deep emissions reductions. Globally, technology and policy created both tailwinds and headwinds for renewables and efficiency implementation. What did 2017 hold in store for energy in cities? This... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 12:06
ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: UN-Habitat DUTY STATION: Home based with availability to Travel FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Housing Policy Expert, Consultant DURATION 01 February 2018 – 31 July 2018 CLOSING DATE: 31 Jan 2018   BACKGROUND The New Urban Agenda acknowledges that housing finance is a pre-requisite for sustainable and inclusive cities and needs to be promoted as a strategic area of... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 12:04
ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: UN-HABITAT DUTY STATION: Nairobi/ Kenya with travel to Somalia if security permits FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Programme Support Expert DURATION: 5 working months CLOSING DATE: 23 January 2018                                                                                          BACKGROUND UN-Habitat Somalia is implementing the Federal Government of Somalia –... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 11:45
The Smart Cities Exchange Conference (SCiX) offers City Mayors, City Managers, Chief Technology Officers, Economic Development Secretaries, Investors, Entrepreneurs, Urban Planners, Energy and Infrastructure Agencies and C level Executives the opportunity to explore and learn what is working in the most successful Smart Cities of the World, establish international collaborative networks to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 12:51
There is great enthusiasm for the smart city concept. Integration of autonomous vehicles, drones and networked communications are expected to manage congestion, lead to fewer accidents, reduce pollution and enhance quality of life. The smart city was a major theme at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (#CES2018), hosted by the Consumer Technology Association. Will smart cities be vibrant bastions... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 11:08
Innovation is seen as a key ingredient for successful cities in the 21st century economy, as new technologies constantly emerge to disrupt the status quo. The idea of an “innovative city” can cover a broad range of different styles, sectors and outcomes. It can refer to a city where commercial breakthroughs by world-famous multinational companies occur, or where groundbreaking research is... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 10:43
By 2030, 5 billion people will be living in urban areas with hundreds of millions living in one of the world’s 41 mega-cities, up from 28 today. At the same time, global demand for water is projected to outstrip supply by 40%. As such, cities around the world are at risk of water insecurity, which is the inability of a population to access good quality water of suf­ficient quantity necessary for... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 10:37
Dense, well-educated, immigrant-friendly cities boost longevity—especially for the low-income. Some of the most provocative social science research in the past decade has come from the Equality of Opportunity Project, led by Stanford economist Raj Chetty. The project’s major work looks at the factors contributing to intergenerational economic mobility—the extent to which different communities... Read more