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[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 2, 2020 - 16:15
With the aim of becoming carbon-neutral by 2035 and with coal banned from energy production in Finland from 2029, Helsinki is strongly dedicated to the decarbonisation of cities. Several cities already have ambitious plans to reduce carbon emissions. The City of Helsinki takes things one step further in declaring that it will not rely on biomass-fired heating, making the city’s energy production... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 2, 2020 - 15:24
To build citizen-centric smart cities, one needs smart infrastructure in place to ensure an intelligent, connected ecosystem In popular culture, smart cities are often perceived as unrecognizable cities with sky touching buildings and air cars navigating on virtual roads. In reality, a smart city is one that uses technology to improve and transform the lives of its citizens, while minimizing the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 15:57
Within the framework of the UCLG Congress in Durban, Metropolis released the first of a series of regional reports: the African Metropolitan Report The African Metropolitan Report was presented in the morning of the past 13th November, at the congress’ session titled “Forum of African Metropolises”, which was chaired by Mr David Makhura, Premier of Gauteng Province and co-president of Metropolis... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 15:47
At the beginning of a new decade, the discussion around internationalisation policies becomes central to improve the quality of life in metropolitan areas. Metropolis, the World Association of the Major Metropolises faces this theme with its newest publication from the Issue Papers collection: “Internationalisation of metropolitan spaces”. The peculiarities related to the scale and organisation... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 16:29
Safety is a high priority for urban planners, but places that feel safe for some might not for others. Research in Ireland looked at the experiences of people with disabilities in urban areas. The findings could help improve urban areas for all residents. Creating safe and secure urban spaces is a core concern for city managers, urban planners and policy workers. Safety is a slippery concept... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 16:20
Mérida, a city in Mexico’s lush Yucatán Peninsula, is home to 2.3 million trees, which cover more than 20% of the metropolitan area. Mérida’s officials know that these trees provide benefits to the residents, but until recently they didn’t know how much these benefits were worth or how they were distributed across the city. That made it difficult for the officials to know where to focus their... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 16:13
Urban safety is as much about changing social relations as it is about everyday maintenance Creating safe and secure urban spaces is a core concern for city managers, urban planners, and policy workers. Safety is a slippery concept to pin down, not least because it is a subjective experience.  It incorporates our perceptions of places and memories, but also norms in society about who is... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 11:31
Participants at the tenth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10) unpacked the theme of ‘Cities of Opportunities: Connecting Culture and Innovation.’ Opening speakers set the tone for the Forum, which took place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), from 8-13 February 2020. Falah Mohammad Al Ahbabi, Chairman of Abu Dhabi’s Department of Municipalities and Transport, pointed to mass migration... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 10:14
January was difficult, at best. I joined the rest of the masses who had to forgo their multiple coffee runs at a certain coffee house; turkey subs, the ultimate guilty pleasure for dieters on their journey to shed holiday weight whilst drowning in sauces and cheeses that could give even a saint a foodgasm; and happy hour at an artistic café, perhaps to the delight and disbelief of my liver. Like... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 24, 2020 - 15:07
UN Climate Change News, 18 February, 2020  – Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a data provider for the UN’s Global Climate Action Portal, has recognized 105 cities with a combined global population of 170 million people for their climate action leadership by including them on the new CDP’s Cities A List . This is more than double the number of cities recognized than in the year before, and... Read more

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