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Presidential Documentary on Human Settlements and Urbanization in Africa
Published on 9 Feb 2017

Urbanization in Africa is progressing rapidly. The continent’s rate of urbanization soared from 15 percent in 1960 to 40 percent in 2010, and is projected to reach 60 percent in 2050. It is expected that urban populations in Africa will triple in the next 50 years, transforming the profile of the region, and challenging policy makers to harness the urbanization phenomenon for sustainable and inclusive growth and development.

There is now a growing appreciation that it is impossible to deal with Africa’s growth and poverty challenges without managing urbanization. Inspired by the strategy document “Optimizing the Urban Advantage”, which emerged from the fourth edition of the African Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (AMCHUD4) in 2012, and guided by the African Union’s Agenda 2063, the Africa Urban Agenda Programme (AUA) aims to raise the profile of urbanization as a force for the structural transformation of Africa.

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This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this article is that of the author and in no way reflects the opinion of UN-Habitat.

14th CVL Leadership Symposium, focuses on Urbanization in Africa

The Centre for Values and Leadership (CVL) an organization committed to leadership development in Nigeria, hosted the 14th edition of its annual leadership symposium.

It focused on the theme “Living Well Together,Tomorrow:Challenge of Africa’s Future Cities” which had as guest speaker Professor Paul Collier a british born global economist.

Chairman of the occasion was Senator Liyel Imoke former Governor of Cross River, while Lagos State Governor Mr Akinwunmi Ambode was the special guest of honour.

Source: proshareng.com

This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this article is that of the author and in no way reflects the opinion of UN-Habitat.

Urbanization & State of Water Service Delivery in India: Issues and Challenges

Dr.Debolina Kundu, Associate Professor, National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi, in her expert lecture highlighted that India has the second largest urban community in the world, providing access to water in urban areas remains a challenge. Addressing water for sanitation is even a bigger challenge in urban India. Her study has revealed that poorer communities in urban areas face more hardships due to lack of access to quality water and sanitation. Even amongst the poorer communities’ women face higher challenges, hence at times they are forced to return to their villages. She suggested few techniques and policy measures which need to be adopted to alleviate the status of urban water status in the country.

Source: Youtube

This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this article is that of the author and in no way reflects the opinion of UN-Habitat

Urbanization in Asia

More than half the global population is urban, a trend driven by rapid urbanization in developing countries. By 2030, Asia and the Pacific shall have at least 22 megacities including Tokyo, Delhi, Shanghai, Mumbai, Beijing, Dhaka, and Karachi. All in all, Asia's cities shall become home to another one billion people in the next two decades as migrants continue to be drawn to better opportunities. Yet, many cities are already struggling with environmental degradation, traffic congestion, inadequate urban infrastructure, and a lack of basic services such as water supply, sanitation and waste management. This video depicts the major facets of urbanization in Asia.

Source: vimeo.com

This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this article is that of the author and in no way reflects the opinion of UN-Habitat

Smart cities MOOC

Smart Cities is a Massive Open Online Course that offers an introduction to the principles of management of smart urban infrastructure systems. It addresses the main challenges in management of Smart Cities during the transition and operation phases in the life-cycle of a Smart City. The course is structured into 5 blocks. In the first three blocks, general principles of management of Smart Urban infrastructures are covered. The last two blocks of the course focus on the management of Smart Urban Energy and Smart Urban Transportation systems as concrete cases.

Source: iglus.org

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Africities 7: Shaping the Future of Africa with its people (with English & French subtitles)

Africities 7 held in Johannesburg from 29 Nov to 3 Dec 2015, gathered Local Governments and all stakeholders from all Africa and beyond. It was the largest democratic gathering of the continent. www.africities2015.org

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This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this article is that of the author and in no way reflects the opinion of UN-Habitat.

UrbanARC | Panel Discussion | The 'Periphery' and the future of urbanisation

Urban ‘peripheries’, as sites of social, economic and political transitions are not just linked to delineated urban cores and restricted to edges of existing urban settlements, but also a conceptual lens to analyse new ‘edges’ of urbanity-rurality associated with emergent patterns of urbanization and industrialization in rural locations. In line with theorisations regarding geographies of global modernity posited in world systems theory and dependency theory, the ‘periphery’ also references relational geographies of development associated with the urban and the rural, given current imperatives for urbanization and industrialization.
Moreover, ‘peripheries’ offer an important conceptual tool for displacing, questioning, expanding and ‘othering’ historically linear and territorially isolated analysis and theories of ‘D’evelopment. Conceptual frames based on the idea of ‘peripheries’ have allowed explorations of simultaneous processes of development and underdevelopment, accumulation and dispossession, conflict and collaboration. They have helped situate the ‘core’ into larger systemic frames of ecology, sustainability and crises. They have fostered dissent, critique and alternate imaginations of transformational trajectories. They have questioned the hegemonic boundaries of theory- building and allowed a place for ‘method’ to lead theory and for the marginal to become the foreground of research and analysis.
This panel explores papers on emergent urban futures based on empirical experiences of ‘peripheries’ in India and other non- core locations. Papers may speak to the ‘periphery’ (1) as a site, (2) as a conceptual tool to unpack the edges of urbanity- rurality, and (3) as a positionality to question trajectories of spatial, social and economic transitions associated with a future that will be significantly urban.

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This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this article is that of the author and in no way reflects the opinion of UN-Habitat.

UrbanARC | Panel Discussion | Relating migration to current and future urbanization
Streamed live on 18 Jan 2017

Chairs/Discussants: Amir Bazaz, Indian Institute for Human Settlements

Migration serves a variety of purposes for those who migrate, such as – risk spreading through livelihood diversification, lower exposure to place-based events such as droughts or floods, and coping with existing shocks and stresses. Particularly in the climate change discourse, it is highlighted that increased environmental stress (exacerbated by anthropogenic climate change) will dramatically increase the number of people migrating, thereby potentially destabilizing regional and global security.
From a climate change perspective, we find that well-being, livelihood strategies, vulnerability reduction and peripheral locations dominate the research landscape on migration in the urban context. Are their additional relational perspectives, and additional frames of enquiry on migration being pursued, which can inform policy development for climate adaptation, as well as urban development in the Global South?

Source: Youtube

This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this article is that of the author and in no way reflects the opinion of UN-Habitat.

Urban Sustainability: The New Business Agenda - Business Assembly at Habitat III

In order to achieve sustainable and resilient urban development, the implementation of the New Urban Agenda requires an unprecedented level of collaboration between all stakeholders, both governmental and non-governmental.

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This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this article is that of the author and in no way reflects the opinion of UN-Habitat.

World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments at Habitat III

On 16th October 2016, on the eve of Habitat III over a thousand mayors and locally elected leaders gathered for the World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments.

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