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[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 24, 2020 - 10:20
New disease outbreaks, like the novel coronavirus that recently emerged in China’s Hubei province, generate headlines and attention. Meanwhile, however, Americans face a slower but much more pervasive health crisis: obesity. Nearly 40% of Americans are considered obese. Rates of obesity for children have increased in recent decades, putting more people at increased risk of heart disease, diabetes... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, February 21, 2020 - 12:33
The world's 15 fastest-growing cities - based on UN population estimates - are all in Africa. Among the fastest-growing cities are three cities located in Tanzania. Bujumbura, Burundi is forecast to grow fastest in the next 15 years. The world population is expected to grow to 8.6 billion in 2030, and African metro areas are leading this growth. According to a 2017 UN press release,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 12:21
Throughout history, cities have invested in programs and infrastructure to support the efficient movement of people and goods. Once upon a time, this meant regularly cleaning up after horses and providing tethering rings. Over time, streetcar tracks ran down city streets. Then those were paved over to make way for cars to drive and park. As cities began focusing more on livability and embraced “... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 10:47
The tenth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10) took place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), from 8-13 February 2020. More than 18,000 participants registered online for the Forum, during which six dialogue sessions unpacked the theme of “Cities of Opportunities: Connecting Culture and Innovation.” High-level representatives from the host country and the UN system opened WUF10 at an... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 14:12
The United Nations Development Programme listed Sustainable Urbanisation as its most recent goals towards achieving sustainable development across all walks of life. Needless to say that with over 5 billion people across the globe living in urban areas, about 60% of the overall population, it was about time that such a step was taken. The gravity of the matter can be further gauged from the fact... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 09:35
The premier international gathering on the future of cities wrapped up on Thursday in Abu Dhabi with delegates urging action on all aspects of rapid urbanization, recognizing that an increasingly urbanized world is a ‘transformative force’ that can be harnessed and steered to boost sustainable development.   The Tenth World Urban Forum (WUF 10), which attracted over 13,000 attendees taking part... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 17, 2020 - 12:34
An independent election panel composed of four UN organisations, including the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), picked Katowice to host the 11th World Urban Forum (WUF) in 2022.   WUF conferences are the world’s largest biannual event organised under the auspices of the UN to  promote and review urban development policies. The first World Urban Forum was organised in  2002... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 17, 2020 - 11:35
Abu Dhabi, 13 February 2020 -- The Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum, which attracted over 13,000 attendees and hosted 540 official events, has drawn to a close with a call for united action to ensure a better future for cities and towns. UN-Habitat Executive Director Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif told delegates at the closing ceremony that during the six-day Forum, delegates from all walks... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 17, 2020 - 10:35
By 2050, nearly 70% of people will live in a city. The World Bank helps cities harness data and cutting-edge technology to grow inclusively and sustainably. The world is urbanizing at an unprecedented speed and scale, with more than half the global population living in cities today… rising to nearly 7 out of 10 people in cities by 2050. 68% of the world's population will be living in cities... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 17, 2020 - 10:17
During the past decade the idea that multiculturalism is a failed experiment has spread across Europe. The introduction of policies that target migrants and people of migrant backgrounds seem to suggest that the “multicultural moment” – if ever there was one – is truly over. In this environment, many are looking to cities for fresh ideas about how to build a more inclusive, just and sustainable ... Read more