Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 12:13
New lessons in open government from Paris In recent years, Paris has distinguished itself as a leader in experimenting with digital tools for citizen participation — what have come to be known as “civic tech” or “govtech”. In 2014, the city went so far as to commit to bring together digital technologies and citizen participation in a new vision of how to build a city that will be both “smart”... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 17:21
Currently, over half of the world's population lives in urban areas, and that number is expected to continue to grow. The United Nations predicts that by 2050 over two-thirds of people will live in cities. Image: UN Urbanization has been a trend for a while in Europe and North America, but the shift is just beginning to take place in Asia and Africa. 90 percent of the increase in urban... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 17:09
Announcement of the Xiongan New Area leads to a frenzy of property speculation with investors clogging roads to get to site A hitherto anonymous region near China’s smog-choked capital has been overrun by house buyers after Beijing unveiled “historic” plans to build a new city there in a bid to slash pollution and congestion. Plans for the Xiongan New Area, a special economic zone that... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 16:45
About 35 per cent of the population is expected live in urban areas by 2020 from about 17 per cent presently under Rwanda’s new urbanisation policy. The national policy unveiled adopted in 2015 is one of the initiatives that seeks to encourage balanced and sustainable development across the country to help reduce rural-urban migration and create jobs in the provinces. To achieve this, the... Read more
[ Interaction ] Posted on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 16:27
In low-income neighborhoods, even the best-designed parks and community centers go to waste if no one uses them. The nonprofit Kounkuey Design Initiative is taking that challenge head-on. The late urbanist William H. Whyte famously observed the designs that ruin public spaces, from excluding places to sit and gather to creating dead zones. But even the best-designed public spaces can be a waste... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 15:11
EUGIC 2017 Budapest brings together leaders in urban green infrastructure to share nature-based solutions for resilient 21st century cities. EUGIC 2017 Budapest will explore how urban centres across Europe and beyond are addressing climate change and biodiversity loss, managing water, air quality and energy, and designing for health and wellbeing by working with nature. Registration for EUGIC... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 14:26
From Wednesday, May 10, 2017 to Saturday, May 13, 2017 The  second UCLG Culture Summit will  be held in Jeju (Jeju Island, Republic of Korea) from 10 to 13 May 2017 under the auspices of the Jeju Special Self-Government Province.  The UCLG Culture Summit is  the main international meeting point  for cities, local governments and key players committed to the effective implementation of... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 12:48
What are the health challenges and opportunities arising from global urbanization? How do urbanization and social determinants of health intertwine? How can evidence-based health governance and policy best be achieved? These are some of the questions that will be addressed at “Urban Health: A Global Challenge,” a free satellite session on April 6, organized by Georgetown University, the ... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 12:29
Closing date: Tuesday, 2 May 2017 REF. 01/04/2017 Issued on: 03/04/2017 ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: UN-Habitat, Regional Office for Arab States DUTY STATION: Cairo, Egypt FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Programme Officer GRADE: NOB POST DURATION: One Year (renewable) CLOSING DATE: 02/05/ 2017 Organizational Setting and Reporting Relationships The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is the... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 12:26
Closing date: Tuesday, 18 April 2017 IC/UNDP/DGPRU/040/2017 - Urban Expert Advisor Location : Country Office, INDONESIA Application Deadline : 18-Apr-17 (Midnight New York, USA) Type of Contract : Individual Contract Post Level : National Consultant Languages Required : English Background Interest candidate has to access procurement notice Ref.: IC/UNDP/DGPRU/040/2017 - Urban Expert Advisor (... Read more