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Posted on Friday, October 28, 2016 - 09:39
There is growing concern in Europe about security threats coming from radicalised individuals and violent extremists. Recent terrorist attacks have influenced the political agenda at all levels and are becoming a policy priority for city authorities. EUROCITIES carried out a scoping exercise among our members in June 2016 to collect information on cities’ actions to prevent radicalisation and... Read more
Posted on Friday, October 21, 2016 - 13:53
Quito, Ecuador: 19 October – The International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) is the latest of 46 partners to endorse the Guiding Principles for City Climate Action Planning, launched by UN Habitat and partners at the 2015 Paris Climate Summit (COP-21). On 17 October 2016, UN Habitat, ISOCARP and other endorsing partners launched the Spanish translation of the Guiding Principles ... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 15:43
Step Change: An Action Agenda on Safe Walking for Africa’s Children is a joint report by the FIA Foundation and the injury prevention NGO Amend for the Global Initiative for Child Health & Mobility. The report highlights the disproportionate exposure to risk of child pedestrians in sub-Saharan Africa and calls for a concerted effort to provide footpaths and reduce vehicle traffic speeds.... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 15:38
Urbanization is one of the most important global trends of the 21st century. It has the potential to contribute to the “re-design” of our world supporting the creation of sustainable and inclusive cities for all. About 6.25 billion people, 15% of them with disabilities, are predicted to be living in urban centers by 2050. Urban environments, infrastructures, facilities, and services, depending on... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 12:34
The 2016 Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM Report) is both masterful and disquieting. This is a big report: comprehensive, in-depth and perspicacious. It is also an unnerving report. It establishes that education is at the heart of sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), yet it also makes clear just how far away we are from achieving the SDGs. This report... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 15:19
Culture has the power to make cities more prosperous places safe and sustainable, according to the World Culture Report: Urban Future, UNESCO will launch on October 18 in Quito (Ecuador). The report shows that the implementation of development policies that take into account the protection and promotion of culture and heritage, as advocated by the UNESCO conventions, benefits the cities.... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 14:48
1. The urban sphere is part of the fabric of humanitarian crises War rages in Syria. The earth heaves in Ecuador. Ebola spreads in West Africa. As we try to make sense of these events and struggle with how to address them, how many of us consider urban planning and policies as part of the solution? The humanitarian impacts of disasters, both natural and man-made, are increasingly concentrated in... Read more
Posted on Monday, October 17, 2016 - 10:53
WASHINGTON, October 12, 2016 – Natural disasters – such as Hurricane Matthew – and climate change are having devastating effects on cities and the 4 billion people who live in them today.  By 2030, without significant investment into making cities more resilient, natural disasters may cost cities worldwide $314 billion each year, up from around $250 billion today, and climate change may push up... Read more
Posted on Monday, October 17, 2016 - 10:30
Arup analyses the impact of key urban drivers on different energy scenarios and recommends key innovations. Our paper for the World Energy council assess the concept of urban energy and how innovation paired with smart technology can be one factor of many to improve the energy in cities. More than half of the global population now lives in a city - cities account to over half of global energy... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 14:44
In a world struggling with low growth, the ten member states of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) represent a genuinely exciting prospect among emerging markets. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) expects growth in the region, already the world’s sixth largest economic bloc, to average 4.6% annually in the next five years. Much of this growth will come from ASEAN’s urban hubs... Read more