Urban Themes

[ Opportunities ] Posted on Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 12:02
Metropolis, the World Association of the Major Metropolises, is soliciting jury members, to select the 6 projects of the 2nd edition of the Metropolis pilot projects, for 2018 – 2020. Metropolis provides funding to support capacity development and the exchange of knowledge and practices on metropolitan management among its members and partners, in the framework of specific pilot projects. In 2017... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 10:46
In 2013, Maggie Lea—owner of one of Austin’s most beloved local bars and music venues, Cheer Up Charlie’s—found out she was being evicted. When Lea and co-owner Tamara Hoover started the venue as a food truck in 2010, East 6th street was a deserted area with little nightlife to speak of. In the three years since opening, Cheer Up evolved into an LGBT-friendly outpost for East Austin’s creative... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 10:42
Closing date: Friday, 16 March 2018 Posting Title: Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements, P3 Job Code Title: Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements Department/ Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme Duty Station: NAIROBI Posting Period: 31 January 2018-16 March 2018 Job Opening number: 18-HUM-UNHABITAT-88339-R-NAIROBI (R) Staffing Exercise ID: N/A United Nations... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 15:50
As we approach the 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur next week, one of the essential challenges in implementing the New Urban Agenda that governments are struggling with is the provision at scale of high quality affordable housing, a key part of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 of building sustainable cities and communities. When I worked on affordable housing in Latin America, one... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 15:41
By 2050 many of the world's major cities will face surface water shortages, spurring regional conflict and competition for scarce resources More than a hundred cities—containing millions of people—will have water demands outstripping surface water supplies by 2050, according to a new analysis of climate change impacts on water. The global study cited many cities in the U.S.—including Los... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 12:18
How can big data be optimised to effectively manage increasing urbanisation, congestion and complexity associated with smart cities? Cities around the world feature different cultures, cuisines and tourist attractions, but most of them face similar challenges in relation to increased urbanisation, congestion and complexity. With the United Nations estimating that more than half the world’s... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 11:58
Local governments are far from broke—if they can tap their enormous market power.   There’s a huge question facing American cities, and, thanks to the recently enacted federal tax law, it just got more urgent: How are cities going to fund the future?   Cities stand to absorb a major financial hit from the new legislation. For the most part, the substantial reduction in corporate tax rates will... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 11:37
Soon, one third of humanity will live in a slum. Our cities are at breaking point. Over 90% of urbanisation this century will be due to the growth of slums. By the end of this century, the top megacities will no longer be London and Tokyo; they will almost all be in Asia and Africa, and they will be far bigger than the metropolises of today. Lagos is projected to have a population of 88 million... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 10:59
CONSULTANT VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTIssued on: 26 January 2018 ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: UN-HABITAT DUTY STATION: NAIROBI FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Consultant for the Evaluation of the Ninth Session of the World Urban Forum DURATION: 3 months over 11 months (February 2018-December 2018) CLOSING DATE: 2 February 2018 BACKGROUND The Evaluation of the World Urban Forum is in accordance with the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 10:57
In October 2016, representatives from 167 countries joined together in Quito, Ecuador, to adopt the New Urban Agenda, a United Nations agreement to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable amid rapid urbanization. The Ninth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9), set for February 7-13 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is a continuation of the efforts to implement the New Urban Agenda and... Read more

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