What does a city mean to you? Cities are springing up all over the globe. Such rapid growth comes with challenges for urban planners and mayors to ensure sustainable urban development. However, this challenge is best tackled when we understand what a city means to both urban practitioners and to the layman. One is quoted defining a city as follows, “A city is a playground for the rich and a... Read more
What does a city mean to you? What does a city mean to you?
A logo competition for the Initiative, instigated in partnership with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, resulted in a winner after much deliberation, thanks to jury members David Fortin from Montana State University, Fiona Jack from University of Auckland and Victor Mgendi and Jane Nyakairu from UN-HABITAT. The winner, Andrew M. Wee, of the Philippines, received his degree in... Read more
Kinshasa, 10 October 2011 - With half of Africa's forests and water resources and trillion-dollar mineral reserves, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) could become a powerhouse of African development provided multiple pressures on its natural resources are urgently addressed. A major Post-Conflict Environmental Assessment of the DRC by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)... Read more
Gwangju, 13 October 2011- Improved planning and more intelligent management of cities across the developed and developing world could play a key role in growing economies, boosting social improvements and reducing humanity's environmental footprint. Findings from the Green Economy report of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) indicate that current patterns of urban development could be costing... Read more
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The 10th Metropolis World Congress will focus on Cities in Transition. New city models have been established in the face of the financial downturn, the scarcity of petroleum and the depletion of the present growth model. This paradigm of change affects all aspects of cities: the environment, the city's growth model, the quality of life of the people and the urban innovations. The Congress will... Read more
This document is an article based on Urbanization processes with relevance to Africa
Focused policies and investments aimed at protecting and managing forest and trees in and around cities are needed to strengthen urban livelihoods and improve city environments, as the world becomes increasingly urbanized. This was the message offered today on the occasion of World Habitat Day by the international Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), of which FAO is a member. As an... Read more
A study by the National League of Cities says how the economic recession has finally started to hit cities as property - and income-tax have decreased. Cities are balancing their budgets through layoffs, canceled construction projects or raised fees. High unemployment, ailing housing market and weak consumer spending have reduced taxes for cities for five straight years, reports Daniel Wagner for... Read more