Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 16:30
We’re living in tight times. Cities across the country are dealing with strapped budgets, fiscal uncertainty, and a lack of political will to raise taxes to fund capital projects. Despite this, cities are becoming thriving hubs for innovation, entrepreneurship, and creative public policy. Young people are flocking to cities in hopes of better opportunity in their careers. And as cities... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 11:04
20th September, Barcelona – Under the theme, Empower Cities, Empower people, the 2017 edition of Smart City Expo World Congress (#SCEWC17) took place this month in Barcelona. UN-Habitat signed an agreement with the event organizers through which the programme will become a strategic partner in this and future editions of the global event. For UN-Habitat, this partnership is an opportunity to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 20, 2017 - 16:04
"There isn’t a single city in the world that is ready to cope with that level of growth in their populations" As rapidly growing cities face increased pressure on their existing services and infrastructure, urban dwellers have an important role to play in helping local governments tackle the challenges, speakers at a cities conference said this week. Citizens can help city authorities improve... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, November 17, 2017 - 12:08
The future of Europe will be made in cities and their creative citizens will be paramount to help bring solutions to societal challenges, said Daniël Termont, Mayor of Ghent and President of EUROCITIES. “We need to show the public how Europe enables us to improve city life,” he said during the Brussels-based city network’s annual conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia. “It has been my ambition, and it... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, November 17, 2017 - 12:06
The city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has been awarded the Smart City of 2017 at the seventh edition of the Global Smart City Awards, which took place at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona. “We are very proud of this accomplishment and believe that this honour is a true reflection, not just of Smart Dubai’s achievements, but a testament to the UAE’s success in creating the future... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, November 17, 2017 - 12:00
Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has purchased nearly 25,000 acres of land in southwestern Arizona for the construction of a brand-new "smart city," AZ Central reports. In conjunction with Belmont Partners, who holds the property, Gates's investment firm Cascade Investment LLC has committed $80 million to build a community composed of offices, stores, schools, and homes. The community... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 16:03
The good news is that its elements were all consciously chosen and implemented – and by the same logic, they can now be consciously re-structured. Recently the world passed the one-year anniversary of a major milestone: the final approval of the “New Urban Agenda,” a landmark document issued at the conclusion of the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, and later adopted by acclamation by all... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 12:41
Cities that were at the forefront of limiting their own participation in aggressive federal immigration enforcement are now expanding the scope of their work: Protecting their residents from data-collection and surveillance, too. Wilmer Catalan-Ramirez has been awaiting deportation at the McHenry County Jail since seven Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents entered his home in March,... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 11:21
CONSULTANT VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT Issued on 15 November 2017 ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: UN-HABITAT, Future Saudi Cities Programme  DUTY STATION: UN-HABITAT Office in Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, Riyadh, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Urban Planner Specialist GRADE: I-ICA-2 DURATION: 12 Month contract CLOSING DATE: 30 November 2017 BACKGROUND The... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 12:31
The Housing Europe Observatory, the Research branch of Housing Europe, presents the 2017 edition of its flagship report ‘The State of Housing in the EU’, the biennial compass of Europe's housing sector. Although growth has returned to big parts of our continent, as President Juncker cheered on at his recent ‘State of the Union’ speech, this growth is leaving many behind and our societies are... Read more