Urban Themes

[ Document ] Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 08:55
Comparative city indices are more prevalent than ever. In this latest update on the state of the art of city indices by JLL and The Business of Cities, we reveal that their number has reached a new threshold – there are now over 300 indices worldwide that score, benchmark and rank cities on almost every aspect of urban life. Increasingly, these indices have a bearing on how we understand city... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 16:43
How can cities with 18th-century infrastructure support 21st-century life? Smart infrastructure innovations could save cities millions. The world is witnessing an unprecedented level of urbanization with an estimated 1 million new urban dwellers worldwide over the next forty years. While this trend creates great opportunities for cities, it also places great stress on those infrastructure... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 16:11
They’re innovative, smart and forward-looking. They attract people, businesses and investment. These are just some of the reasons that London, New York, Paris, Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul are the seven best-run cities in the world, according to The Universe of City Indices 2017. The league table, compiled by JLL, a global real estate services firm, has remained more or less the... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 10:53
Sustainable Urbanization in the Paris Agreement’ – a comparative review of Nationally Determined Contributions for Urban Content”, a UN-Habitat publication coming on the heels of Habitat III, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and COP22. The adoption of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) on 20 October 2016, and the entry into force of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change two weeks later, on 4... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 10:50
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has identified a series of goals related to the challenges facing cities. Goal 11 seeks to make cities and other human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Among other things, the targets for 2030 address access to affordable housing; safe, affordable and sustainable transport systems; open green, public and natural spaces; good water... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 10:32
URBAN PLANNERS TALK about two visions of the future city: heaven and hell. Hell, in case it's not clear, is bad—cities built for technologies, big companies, and vehicles instead of the humans who actually live in them. And hell, in some ways, is here. Today's US cities are dominated by highways there were built by razing residential neighborhoods. Few sidewalks and fewer bike lanes. It's all... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 08:38
Guangzhou, 31 October 2017 – UN-Habitat joined partners around the world in celebrating World Cities Day under the theme Innovative Governance, Open Cities.  The global celebration was marked in Guangzhou, China, where Dr Joan Clos, UN-Habitat’s Executive Director, delivered his official statement and in Shanghai, where he unveiled an urban statue dedicated to the day, which promotes the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 15:31
The United Nations General Assembly has designated the 31st of October as World Cities Day, by its resolution 68/239. The Day is expected to greatly promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world.... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 15:24
Resilient Cities is the annual global forum on urban resilience and adaptation convened in Bonn, Germany. The congress series provides an international platform to share the latest knowledge, good practices, challenges, and innovations for creating more resilient cities. It also serves as an annual meeting point to track local progress on the resilience targets of Sustainable Development Goal 11... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 14:55
Today, there are more than one billion migrants in the world, representing a seventh of the world’s population. This level of human mobility is unprecedented and continues to rise at a rapid rate. This one billion is comprised of an estimated 244 million international migrants and 763 million internal migrants – over three times the number. Yet it is international migration that seems to... Read more