Urban Themes


[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 10:35
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 10:21
Economic and financial expertise are essential to plan for Sustainable Development, so UN-Habitat and New York University's Marron Institute conducted the first five day course on ‘Urban Metropolitan Economy and Finance in a Global World’. This executive course was aimed at city leaders as was held at New York University
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 09:29
Cassava Smartech, part of the Econet group, last week launched Clean City, a new business whose goal is to provide sustainable waste management in urban areas, in partnership with local authorities and the private sector. Speaking at the launch event in Harare, Clean City CEO, Mr Lovemore Nyatsine said the new business would offer innovative and sustainable waste management solutions using the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 09:17
  What do places like Shropshire (United Kingdom), Hawkes Bay (New Zealand), Sydney (Australia), New York (USA), and Krakow (Poland) have in common? They are just some of the 822 (and counting) cities, councils and jurisdictions worldwide to have declared a climate emergency. With record temperatures gripping Europe, widespread drought in South America, and ever-decreasing ice coverage in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 08:59
The world is about to undergo a drastic transformation that will see cities around the globe inherit the disparate climates of places hundreds of miles away, new research shows.  By 2050, scientists say over three-quarters of the world's cities will have had their climate systems rearranged as part of this rapid metamorphosis. Most concerning of all, over 20 percent of cities will experience... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 08:15
The British government has increased its allocations for the Sustainable Urban Economic Development in Kenya. The announcement was made by UK's Secretary of State for International Development Rory Stewart in Lamu on Thursday. He was speaking when he signed an MoU with Lamu Governor Yassin Twaha to launch the programme in the county. According to Alice Simpson, Head of Communications at the ... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Monday, July 22, 2019 - 16:10
The World Development Report (WDR) 2019: The Changing Nature of Work studies how the nature of work is changing as a result of advances in technology today. Fears that robots will take away jobs from people have dominated the discussion over the future of work, but the World Development Report 2019 finds that on balance this appears to be unfounded. Work is constantly reshaped by technological... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 22, 2019 - 15:45
last week, the World Bank released the report Lifelines: The Resilient Infrastructure Opportunity” to highlight the challenges fragile countries and communities face from infrastructure disruptions. These disruptions impact service delivery and harm the people who experience them, particularly when caused by natural disasters.   Figure 1 shows the outsized impact of infrastructure challenges... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Monday, July 22, 2019 - 10:51
The idea of smart cities is not new. The accelerated development of technology, globalization and the concern for sustainable development has in recent years contributed to the emergence of many of these smart cities around the world (e.g. Singapore, Barcelona, Oslo, London). As we can see these are mostly large metropolitan cities that have employed different solutions and technologies to become... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 22, 2019 - 10:33
When rural migrants flock to “first-tier“ cities like Shanghai looking for jobs, their lack of permanent residency, or hukou, push them to China’s informal housing market. Most migrants live on the outskirts, some clustering in “urban villages” and others living in storage basements and converted bomb shelters, even in sewers. Some live among permanent residents throughout the already-overcrowded... Read more