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Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 14:12
Why cities matter In the short time span of 25 years, cities have grown larger and more quickly than ever before. Fishing villages have been transformed into megacities and deserts have become urban playgrounds. The speed and scale of this transformation is unprecedented. One billion people will be added globally in the next 15 years; with more than 50 new residents each hour in developing world... Read more
Posted on Friday, December 22, 2017 - 11:45
The adoption of the 2016-2030 Sustainable Development Goals requires the provision of well-designed networks of safe, inclusive and accessible public spaces and streets, free from crime and violence, particularly for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities. Although public space becomes the ground for the coproduction of urban safety, its importance is not widely... Read more
Posted on Friday, December 22, 2017 - 11:32
Urbanization is transforming human settlement patterns in Kenya. Cities and towns are rapidly growing, which creates opportunities and challenges in equal measure. Several investments have been undertaken to address these challenges and ensure growth, socio-economic development and environmental sustainability are achieved in equal measure.The Kenya Municipal Programme (KMP) was a recent... Read more
Posted on Friday, December 22, 2017 - 11:30
Its streets and public spaces define the character of a city. From squares and boulevards to neighbourhood  gardens and children playgrounds, public space frames city image. The connective matrix of streets and public spaces forms the skeleton of the city upon which all else rests. Public space takes many spatial forms, including parks, the streets, sidewalks and footpaths that connect,... Read more
Posted on Friday, December 22, 2017 - 11:26
“What defines a character of a city is itspublic space, not its private space. Whatdefines the value of the private assets ofthe space are not the assets bythemselves but the common assets.The value of the public good affects thevalue of the private good. We need toshow every day that public spaces arean asset to a city.”UN-Habitat Executive Director Joan Clos This article is culled from daily... Read more
Posted on Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 16:52
Smart city initiatives are gaining traction in Africa and the Middle East (AME) due to increasing rates of urbanization that has been placing pressure on city services. The urban population in the region has increased from over 20% in 1960 to about 45% by the end of 2015, according to the UN. Scarcity of resources and chaotic nature of rapidly expanding cities are also pushing the governments to... Read more
Posted on Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 15:34
The Global Sustainable Competitiveness Index (GSCI) measures competitiveness of countries in an integrated way. It is calculated based on 111 measurable, quantitative indicators derived from reliable sources, such as the World Bank, the IMF, and different UN agencies.the 111 indicators are grouped into 5 sub-indexes - Natural Capital, Resource Efficiency & Intensity, Intellectual Capital,... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 11:59
In a world where technology is increasingly ubiquitous, it seems every city is a smart city. The mass deployment of broadband infrastructure, mobile phones, and wireless connectivity is just the beginning. The Internet of Things—a web of connected devices and sensors in the physical world—can interact with analytics systems, using machine learning to turn realms of real-time data into new... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 15:40
Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) are a cornerstone of the Paris Agreement on climate change. They set out the actions that countries plan to undertake to achieve the agreement’s objectives, focused on limiting the rise in average global temperatures to well below 2°C, ideally to 1.5 °C. Renewable energy – increasingly recognised as a key climate solution – features prominently in the... Read more
Posted on Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 12:04
MOBILIZE is the annual sustainable transport summit of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), in partnership with the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF), which brings together urban transport and development practitioners alongside world-class researchers to celebrate best practices and accelerate the implementation of sustainable transport projects. Each... Read more

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