Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 12:21
Currently more than 54 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas. The United Nations projects this number will increase to 66 percent by 2050. As our cities become more populated, an increasingly uneven strain is placed on the overall infrastructure. To combat this exponential burden, many cities are incorporating the most cutting-edge smart technologies and never-before-tested city... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 11:54
Gentrification is the hottest of hot-button urban issues. Many activists and critics see it as essentially a process by which more affluent and educated white newcomers displace poorer, working-class black residents. But those who have studied the subject closely, like Columbia University urban planner Lance Freeman, believe that the issue of displacement is more myth than reality. In fact,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 11:41
Living in the Kenyan slum of Mukuru is hard enough, but when it rains it’s downright miserable. Streets flood, sewage overflows, homes are inundated.  After each bout of torrential rain, Nairobi’s largest informal settlement is left a little shabbier, a little poorer, the community more insecure. Climate projections for East Africa suggests parts of the region will receive heavier rains in the... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 11:21
This paper investigates the urbanization of the Indian manufacturing sector by combining enterprise data from formal and informal sectors. We find that plants in the formal sector are moving away from urban and into rural locations, while the informal sector is moving from rural to urban locations. While the secular trend for India’s manufacturing urbanization has slowed down, the localized... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 10:59
Population growth and urbanization are projected to add 2.5 billion people to the world’s urban population by 2050, with nearly 90 percent of the increase coming in Asia and Africa. In Southeast Asia, urbanization is one of the major trends currently shaping Southeast Asian societies. With a population of more than 630 million in 2015, more than 40 percent of whom have already urbanized at a... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 10:39
This is a defining moment. Together, we are starting to build towards the low-carbon era. This is indeed a collective effort. States, communities, civil society organisations, businesses, international and intergovernmental organisations: we are all mobilised for the challenges that face us. The complexity of the climate challenge requires us to not only work at the global level but also to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 10:06
Struggles over land in Myanmar have been a defining characteristic of the country’s six decades of armed conflict. In the past, government acquired lands for extracting natural resources, commercialized farming, and ambitious infrastructure projects, such as building of the new capital city of Nay Pyi Taw. Today, claims over land acquisition injustices dominate public discourse and the new... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 09:58
Well-planned urbanisation has become a global trend for the sustainability of our planet. Achieving sustainable urban development is inconceivable without relating it to climate change. To devise an effective and collective response to climate change, we have no option but to place the fight in the hands of both cities and national governments. Cities today, especially in the developed world,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 09:42
Kabul 6 February 2017 – UN-Habitat will support the redevelopment of the Kabul riverfront in the historic core of the city. UN-Habitat’s Urban Planning and Design Lab together with UN-Habitat’s Afghanistan Country Office presented last week the first concept public space design for the Kabul riverfront in the centre of the city. Several meetings were held with relevant stakeholders, Kabul... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 09:31
CONSULTANCY JOB OPENINGIssued on: 8 February 2017 ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: Urban Economy and Finance Branch, UN-HABITAT DUTY STATION: Home Based FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Municipal Finance and Local Development Consultant DURATION: 35 days spread over 5 months CLOSING DATE: 15 February 2017 BACKGROUNDThe United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the UN agency for human settlements. It... Read more