Urban Themes


[ Opportunities ] Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 10:51
WRI India, an independent charity legally registered as the India Resources Trust, provides objective information and practical proposals to foster environmentally sound and socially equitable development. Our work focuses on building sustainable and liveable cities and working towards a low carbon economy. Through research, analysis, and recommendations, WRI India puts ideas into action to build... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 17, 2019 - 15:58
"What's not clear is where property rights end as far as national airspace starts. And that's been our big issue" WASHINGTON - Blacksburg was already well prepared when the U.S. government announced in April that the Virginia town would be home to the country's first commercial drone delivery service. Virginia Tech University, based in Blacksburg, has for years hosted a major drone development... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 17, 2019 - 15:47
Internal communications shed new light on the Rockefeller Foundation’s decision to stop funding the global climate nonprofit, and hint at what might come next. In late April, at a town-hall meeting in New York City, Raj Shah, the president of the Rockefeller Foundation, addressed the staff of 100 Resilient Cities. The nonprofit, launched by the philanthropy in 2013, has helped cities around the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 17, 2019 - 15:12
Pollinators such as bees, hoverflies and butterflies, are responsible for the reproduction of many flowering plants and help to produce more than three quarters of the world’s crop species. Globally, the value of the services provided by pollinators is estimated at between US$235 billion and US$577 billion. It’s alarming, then, that pollinators are under threat from factors including more intense... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 17, 2019 - 15:03
Cities with the highest percentage of university graduates are increasingly on the radar of companies and investors. Rising urban populations have been one of the defining mega trends of this century, with people flocking to cities worldwide. While urban migration shows no signs of slowing, it has not been uniform. Some cities are attracting more university graduates than others. Aside from... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 17, 2019 - 14:59
Cities are engines of economic growth. They are also central drivers of unsustainable patterns of consumption, with urban consumers particularly accustomed to the convenience of on-the-go and home-delivery consumption. A primary consequence has been the rapid growth in disposable packaging from fast-moving consumer goods that has led to a global plastics waste crisis. Globally, more than 90%... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Monday, June 17, 2019 - 14:38
Background The Pacific Urban Forum (PUF) is a regional event that aims to provide a unique and accessible platform for urban stakeholders to debate what creates a sustainable urban future for the region. The first PUF in 2003 gave rise to the Pacific Urban Agenda (PUA) which was endorsed by the United Nations ESCAP Commission in 2004 and by the Pacific Island Forum Leaders in 2005. The PUFs in... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Monday, June 17, 2019 - 14:32
The World Urban Forum is the world’s premier conference on urban issues. It was established by the United Nations to examine one of the most pressing issues facing the world today: rapid urbanization and its impact on communities, cities, economies, climate change and policies. The Forum is held in a different host city and country biennially, drawing a wide range of experts from every walk of... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 16:14
Size of grant: 75,000 US$ Purpose of CFP: Promoting integration of host and refugee communities is a part of UN-Habitat’s engagement in planning the development of Kalobeyei settlement. To this regard, an implementation partner is sought to support the Community Center Management Committee which consists of members from both communities to sustainably operate and maintain the facility, and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 12:15
Despite efforts to encourage a shift to sustainable transportation, traffic congestion is often the focus of debates over mobility. Global demand for automobiles rose significantly in the 1990s, with annual sales stabilising at close to 80 million vehicles since 2017. Faced with the flood of cars, for decades governments have attempted to improve mobility of citizens – some measures focus on... Read more