Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 10:55
Futile efforts to deal with rampant urbanization could fetter the region's robust economy and squander its potential to become a global economic powerhouse, according to the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI). In a 60-page report titled "Building globally competitive cities: The key to Latin America growth," MGI argues that the region's largest cities are so "congested, poorly planned and dangerous... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 10:51
The municipality of Montevideo, Uruguay's largest city with 1.9 million inhabitants, is one of the first cities to establish a GHG emissions inventory in the country. Results of which were presented in June 2010, and revealed that two-thirds of the city's emissions stem from the burning of fossil fuels. Based on these results, the city has prepared a low-carbon and resilient climate roadmap,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 10:45
Philadelphia is embarking on a $2 billion, 25-year project to improve the way it absorbs and processes stormwater. The current system combines sewage and stormwater, which can cause sewage overflows during heavy rains. "The project will replace as much as one-third of the city’s existing impervious cover – about 4,000 acres – with natural or porous surfaces that can intercept stormwater, store it... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 10:36
Panasonic Corporation and eight other companies want to build an innovative smart town in ICLEI’s Member City Fujisawa, deploying services and energy systems based on Panasonic's Eco Ideas for green lifestyles. Panasonic Corporation will work together with these companies to implement a smart town concept called Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town (Fujisawa SST). Global demand for the development of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 10:23
Most large European cities are confronted with the problem of violence in public spaces caused by groups of youths. Often, these gangs are responsible for the majority of offences committed in a city, and they create a feeling of insecurity among inhabitants. But youngsters who belong to these groups suffer violence on a much wider scale than the average population. Also, street violence which... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 15:29
The Society for Ecological Restoration has conferred its 2011 Special Recognition Award to the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at the Gala Awards Banquet on 23 August 2011 in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico, on the margins of the 4th World Conference on Ecological Restoration. The award recognizes the extraordinary commitment shown by the 193 Parties to the Convention on... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 09:51
UN-Water, the Stockholm International Water Institute and their global partners have made an impassioned plea for water and sanitation to be provided to all by 2030. In a statement at the close of World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, leaders in the field of water and sanitation called on governments working towards the United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development 2012, known as the Rio+20... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 18:38
The Third International Conference on Women’s Safety: Building Inclusive Cities that was held in New Delhi, India brought together approximately 290 people from a wide variety of different fields and backgrounds who are actively working to enhance women’s safety and equality in urban environments. The conference provided the opportunity to ground and expand upon local and international approaches... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 11:43
For the first time in decades, the once polluted and ridiculed Los Angeles River is open to kayakers and canoeists this summer under a federally authorized two-month program. Prior to now, the namesake river of the nation's second largest city was too contaminated for public recreation and was deemed off-limits — but not for mockery and jokes over its condition. A state legislator opined in the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 11:25
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) last week established its first Country Programme 2011-2013 in Cuba. The programme was launched by Cuba's Vice-Minister of Foreign Trade Mr. Orlando Hernández Guillen and UN-HABITAT's Officer in Charge of the Regional Office for Latin America and Caribbean Countries Mr. Alain Grimard. It has three main work areas: urban governance and... Read more