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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 10:43
By 2030, 5 billion people will be living in urban areas with hundreds of millions living in one of the world’s 41 mega-cities, up from 28 today. At the same time, global demand for water is projected to outstrip supply by 40%. As such, cities around the world are at risk of water insecurity, which is the inability of a population to access good quality water of suf­ficient quantity necessary for... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 10:37
Dense, well-educated, immigrant-friendly cities boost longevity—especially for the low-income. Some of the most provocative social science research in the past decade has come from the Equality of Opportunity Project, led by Stanford economist Raj Chetty. The project’s major work looks at the factors contributing to intergenerational economic mobility—the extent to which different communities... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 16:32
“The food market is a community - if one of the vendors falls ill we raise money. We also work together to maintain the market, such as the roof, so that it is better to work and sell food here.” The informal food market where Hazera, a grandmother of 5 works, is a hive of activity. Located in Khulna, it provides a vital source of affordable fruit, vegetables and fish to the local urban poor... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 16:02
BEIJING — In late November, days after a fire raged through an apartment building in a Beijing suburb, killing 19, officials began to uproot migrant communities on the city’s periphery. Residents were wrestled out of their rented homes, and bulldozers flattened entire neighborhoods. Tens of thousands were made homeless overnight. While city officials justified the campaign as an effort to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 12:28
With the environmental, economic and social changes facing our cities, we are having to think very differently about our place on this planet. Smart cities are ushering in a new era of technology and advancements in how we design, how we build, and ultimately how we live as we attempt to craft better, more sustainable cities. Introduction The world is changing. Socially. Economically.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 12:21
Located at the complex intersection of economic development and environmental change, cities play a central role in our efforts to move towards sustainability. Reducing air and water pollution, improving energy efficiency while securing energy supply, and minimizing vulnerabilities to disruptions and disturbances are interconnected and pose a formidable challenge, with their dynamic interactions... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 12:17
In the face of the growing ubiquity of new technologies and digitalization, cities across the globe are experimenting with new ways of governance tools for civic engagement. Digital transformation offers the ability to reach a higher number of people and interact with them in innovative ways. Cities and municipalities are taking advantage of these opportunities to develop new instruments to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 12:15
Nairobi, 12 January 2018– At the close of 2017, Botswana and Tunisia were getting prepared to monitor and report on SDG 11, with the support of the UN-Habitat’s Global Urban Observatory team and the UNECA to monitor and report on SDG 11. In October 2017, UN-Habitat and UNECA organized a technical workshop on the importance of disaggregation in achieving Agenda 2030 and possible disaggregation... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 12:15
Meeting of the Minds talked with Dr. Dario Hidalgo about the evolution of BRT and what makes it a successful part of an integrated urban public transit system. Dr. Hidalgo guides the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities international team of transport engineers and planners and also coordinates the Observatory of the BRT Center of Excellence. He has more than 25 years of experience as a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, January 12, 2018 - 10:29
Without clear, accessible streets, people with restricted mobility often face a tough choice in winter: struggle to cross icy sidewalks and snowbanks, or stay indoors. But it’s very possible for cities to better design their winter strategies for people of all abilities. On Thursday, January 4, the eastern seaboard braced itself for what became known as the “Bomb Cyclone“–a winter storm promising... Read more

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