Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 15:07
‘Global covenant of mayors’ to work together on climate change whether current White House resident agrees or not Mayors of more than 7,400 cities across the world have vowed that Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris accord will spur greater local efforts to combat climate change. At the first meeting of a “global covenant of mayors”, city leaders from across the US, Europe and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 12:35
More people are at risk of natural disasters than ever before -- and much of it is our own fault for continuing to build where nature says not to. Atlas of the Human Planet outlines human exposure worldwide to six major natural hazards: earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, tropic cyclone winds, tropical cyclone storm surge, and floods. Because cities in disaster-prone areas keep growing, global... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 12:33
The human population is growing at an alarming rate. By 2050, there will be almost 10 billion people on the planet. We've been hearing this for years, but where is all this growth happening? Today, Tokyo is the most populous city in the world, with about 38 million residents. New York City is still in the top 10 ranking, with its nearly 8.5 million people. But in the next three decades,... Read more
[ Interaction ] Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 12:16
WASHINGTON, D. C.— As President Donald Trump this spring moved toward a decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement, the mayor of the U. S. capital city made her own announcement: She would seek to earmark millions of city dollars to lend to developers and others who want to bolster building efficiency, invest in renewable energy and undertake other ways to reduce... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 11:52
Minova, Congo DR, 27 June 2017—After the death of their father about 10 years ago, Celestine Buhoro believed that she would at least get a portion of land as part of her inheritance. This was not to be and the brother hogged the whole piece left behind. When the brother also passed on, his son- Celestine’s nephew- also held on to the land. That is when Celestine approached CDM  an NGO... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 16:06
After a recent funding round, Beijing-based Ofo netted $450 million and joined the unicorn club of private companies valued at over $1 billion. Among its backers are ride-sharing giant Didi Chuxing and Jack Ma’s Ant Financial (part of Alibaba). Ofo operates in 80 cities around the world and its customers take 15 million trips every day. And it all began over a fried chicken lunch only three... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 15:52
More than 331 US mayors representing 62 million Americans have signed up to the commitments of the Paris Climate Agreement through the Climate Mayors initiative. Co-founded by the mayor of Los Angeles, and the former mayors of Philadelphia and Houston three years ago, the number of cities in the network grew five-fold after President Trump withdrew the US from the Paris Climate Agreement earlier... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 15:29
Stae wants to help local governments collect, manage and process data about their infrastructure. The company just raised $1.5 million from Story Ventures, Fontinalis Partners and Samsung Next. I first covered Stae back in April 2016. The vision hasn’t changed much, it’s all about preparing cities for the future and upgrading infrastructure by making it more efficient through technology. But... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 14:38
Imagine a city that is more competitive, with higher-quality neighborhoods, lower infrastructure costs, and lower C02 emissions per unit of activity. This city has lower combined transportation and housing costs for its residents than other cities at similar levels of economic activity. Its residents can access most jobs and services easily through a combination of low-cost public transport,... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 12:45
ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: UN-Habitat/ ROLAC DUTY STATION: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Financial Specialist in Brazil CONTRACT TYPE & DURATION Unit Leader, Land and GLTN Unit , ULLG BranchService Contract, SB4   POST DURATION :   6 months (initially) VACANCY CLOSING DATE July 12th, 2017 BACKGROUNDThe main mandate of the United Nations Human Settlements... Read more