Urban Themes

[ Event ] Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 11:11
The first session of the UN-Habitat Assembly will be held from 27-31 May 2019, at the headquarters of UN-Habitat in Nairobi. The special theme for the UN-Habitat Assembly, as discussed during the twenty-first meeting of the Subcommittee on Policy and Programme of Work of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) held on 30 November 2018 and endorsed during the 71stRegular meeting of the... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 14:39
UN-Habitat is holding its first ever UN-Habitat Assembly bringing together all 193 member states from 27 – 31 May 2019. The Assembly, which meets every four years, will be in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi where UN-Habitat is headquartered. UN agencies, NGOs, regional groups, academics, the private sector, media and partners are invited to attend as observers and participate in an exciting range of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, May 17, 2019 - 00:39
3D printing is quickly becoming a promising solution for cities. The market is estimated to reach $40 billion by 2027, offering housing that’s affordable, sustainable, and cost-efficient. In the following infographic, BigRentz covers how these revolutionary concrete homes are printed, the benefits of 3D printed homes, the costs and timelines of building, and how they can revolutionize our housing... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 14:28
Urbanization is a defining phenomenon of our time, with an estimated 80% of global economic activity now generated in cities and an increase of two billion city residents, globally, between 2000 and 2030.  Cities face an ever-increasing demand for land to accommodate their rising population. Meanwhile, cities have become responsible for providing more services to more people, but they often lack... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 12:41
Barcelona, London, Paris, Cape Town, Hong Kong, and San Francisco are among 43 cities to have been recognised as global climate leaders by CDP. The international non-profit has chosen the start of EU Green Week to release its first-ever A-List of climate cities, with some 596 cities each being given a score between A and D- based on their environmental performance. Of those cities to receive the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 12:38
Positive change happens in cities, but it’s often lost in a sea of bad news about air pollution, rising costs of living, traffic jams and inequality. When we launched the WRI Ross Prize for Cities in February 2018, we aimed to spotlight projects that have had a positive transformative impact on their communities and cities. We ultimately uncovered five initiatives generating life-changing impacts... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 12:34
Over the next 16 years, all of the world’s 10 fastest growing cities are going to be in Africa. If this growth is a process of people voting with their feet, as last year’s winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics Paul Romer once put it, these cities are winning. Yet urbanisation in many developing countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, is not delivering the benefits of people and firms... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 12:30
Plastic pollution is a blight in our cities and landscapes and is harming our rivers and oceans. Experts estimatethat 300,000 metric tonnes of plastic waste from the United States (U.S.) pollute the ocean every year, which is about 65 dump trucks of plastic waste per day. News of plastic pollution in the U.S. continues to make headlines: Tennessee River is among the most polluted in the world. “... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 12:21
The United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) and IE School of Global and Public Affairs (IEGPA) have jointly launched a Master in International Development, a worldclass training program for professionals who want to address the complex challenges highlighted by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The first cohort will begin classes in September 2019 in Madrid (Spain). The faculty... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 13:22
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT   Functional Title: International Expert for Mobility Assessment- in support of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan for Mitrovica South and Mitrovica North Duty Station of Assignment: Pristina /Mitrovica South/ Mitrovica North and home office Type of Contract: Individual Contract (Consultancy Assignment) Duration of Assignment: 35 working days over the period 10... Read more