Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:15
The City of Kigali has been named Public Health Laureate for 2019 Wellbeing City Award, thanks to the cities’ bimonthly car-free day. The award was announced Thursday by NewCities, a global non-profit committed to shaping a better urban future, along with Novartis Foundation, Novartis US Foundation, and City of Montréal. The prestigious Wellbeing City Award is the first international initiative... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 16:17
Most analyses of organised crime in Africa focus on illegal trafficking of commodities such as drugs, arms and wildlife. However, there have been few studies of what may be the largest type of organised criminal activity in Africa: land allocation, real estate and property development, which includes infrastructure and the delivery of basic public services such as water and electricity,... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 16:05
Date/TimeDate(s) - 18/11/2019 - 22/11/2019All Day   Event Title UCLG World Congress Event Type   Organization(s) hosting UCLG Start and end date 11-15th November Venue   City, Country Durban Summary of event www.durban2019.uclg.org Contacts   Source: UN-Habitat This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 13:38
Today 60 percent of Moroccans reside in urban areas, as opposed to 35 percent in 1970. By 2050, nearly three-quarters of the country’s population will be living in cities. Along with the concentration of people, urbanization will lead to the increasing concentration of economic activities in cities, which today are estimated to account for about 75 percent of the country’s GDP and 70 percent of... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 12:59
This report is an initiative of the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the science and knowledge service of the European Commission (EC), and supported by the Commission's Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO). It highlights drivers shaping the urban future, identifying both the key challenges cities will have to address and the strengths they can capitalise on to proactively... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 12:51
War, violence and persecution drove worldwide forced displacement to another new high in 2018. UNHCR’s annual Global Trends Report – released on 19 June 2019 – shows that nearly 70.8 million people were displaced at the end of 2018. Some 13.6 people were newly displaced during the course of the year. Overwhelmingly it is developing countries that are most affected. View report Source: UNHCR This... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 12:37
As countries adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, the inclusion of a separate goal on urbanization (SDG 11)—to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable—was hailed as a breakthrough, establishing the significance of cities to the 2030 Agenda. Four years in, it is clear that cities matter beyond the confines of SDG 11. Interdependencies... Read more
[ 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

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