Urban Themes


[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 14:37
To confront climate change, we need to make the most of the buildings we already have. By all appearances, American cities are becoming greener than ever before. Sustainable design has gone mainstream, LEED-certified buildings are commonplace, and redeveloped downtown districts — complete with new bike lanes, buses, and light rail — make a low-carbon lifestyle ever-more attractive. But is all of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 14:28
Cities are challenging their invisibility in global governance structures, like the United Nations, by forging new alliances to influence international policy. When Donald Trump announced in June 2017 that the United States was pulling out of the Paris Agreement—the pact between 195 nations (nearly all the world’s nations) to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions—the mayors of Paris, France,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 14:19
In Australia, urban local governments are striving to earn their stripes as ‘smart cities,’ however, innovative practices don’t emerge simply because a council sets a vision and a series of ambitious and well-intentioned goals. For many councils, the very processes that define local government can be the greatest inhibitors, and the road to innovation can become a long journey of slow change. At... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 14:15
Dysfunctional systems will continue frustrating our quest for building future cities in Kenya. And this explains largely the reluctance by Kenyans to adopt such government plans as the housing policy for public servants, because many times, public-led programmes either lack or ignore proper planning. Our cities are facing huge planning challenges, and many are barely able to support a decent... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 14:12
The impacts of climate change are already being felt across the Pacific, considered to be one of the world’s most-at-risk regions. Small island developing states are mandated extra support under the Paris Agreement. Many are classified as least developed countries, allowing them special access to development funding and loans. Analysis of climate change adaptation projects in the Pacific shows... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 13:37
The built environment currently accounts for 40 percent of the world’s energy use, meaning buildings and cities have the potential to make the biggest impact in reducing carbon emissions globally. Climate reports over the last six months have made clear that time isn’t on our side. Climate change is not something that is going to happen far into the future–it is happening now. The research shows... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 11:21
All over the world, governments, institutions and businesses are combining technologies for gathering data, enhancing communications and sharing information, with urban infrastructure, to create smart cities. One of the main goals of these efforts is to make city living more efficient and productive – in other words, to speed things up. Yet for citizens, this growing addiction to speed can be... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 16:15
Housing and Land Rights Network India (HLRN) has released a new publication with data on forced evictions collected by HLRN’s National Eviction and Displacement Observatory. Forced Evictions in India in 2018: An Unabating National Crisis reveals that government authorities, in both the central and state spheres, forcefully evicted, at a minimum, 202,233 people across urban and rural India... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 15:26
Local and regional governments are invited to participate in the UCLG Peace Prize, which rewards every three years the successful initiatives of local governments around the world to implement conflict prevention, peace building and post-conflict reconstruction strategies. a conflict, and to encourage others to do the same. In addition, it aims to attract the attention of the international... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 15:17
Transport Connectivity for Regional Integration Around the globe, between countries, from city to city, or to the other side of town, good transport infrastructure and efficient mobility services bring people together and goods to their markets. The connectivity that transport provides widens horizons and opens up opportunities. It builds stronger communities and expands their reach. It... Read more