Urban Themes

[ Event ] Posted on Friday, January 26, 2018 - 13:06
Registration has just opened for the European Commission's 5th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) on 14-15 May in Nicosia, Cyprus. This is Europe's leading annual event for all those involved in putting the SUMP concept into practice. It serves as a forum for policy makers and academics across Europe to network, debate key issues and exchange ideas on sustainable... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 16:32
Every community and municipal government around the world faces a growing set of challenges as they transform in the 21st century to improve peoples’ lives. With more and more of us living in cities, urbanization is creating significant opportunities for social and economic development and more sustainable living. But it’s also exerting significant pressure on infrastructure and resources and... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 16:00
A new report issued Tuesday by the World Bank reveals that Haiti is the third most urbanized country in Latin America and the Caribbean, just after Trinidad and Tobago, and Mexico. According to the report, "Haitian Cities : Action for today with an eye on tomorrow", today more than one in two Haitians live in cities compared to the 1950s when 90 percent of the population lived in the countryside... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 15:20
With urban populations rising rapidly in India, planners urgently need to change their approaches and use land more efficiently MUMBAI, Jan 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Urban planners in many cities around the world are imposing regulations that discourage the creation of affordable housing while slums expand, experts said. Nearly 55 percent of the world's population lives in urban areas, a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 15:03
Dr Faith Foreman is facing a daunting task. Houston’s diabetes prevalence rate, presently at 15.6 percent, is set to rise to 21.1 percent by 2045, which will add billions to healthcare costs, with the number of people whose lifestyles are affected rising from 469,000 to 752,000. As Assistant Director for the Houston Health Department, Foreman’s challenge is to reduce this, or bend the curve, to... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 14:43
WELCOME TO THE LOCAL RENEWABLES CONFERENCE 2018 The City of Freiburg, the City of Basel and ICLEI Europe are pleased to invite you to the Local Renewables Conference 2018. The conference will take place on 24-26 October 2018, in Freiburg (Germany) and Basel (Switzerland). Rising global energy needs remain a major challenge, with cities and regions being central players in making energy more... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 14:37
What is the value of a street where people can walk safely? Why build streets that are constructed with the needs of people in mind, not just the needs of cars?  “Again and again, when we look at streets oriented toward people we find that they are more economically productive than any other style of development.” Many people concerned with pedestrian safety and "walkability" care... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 14:32
In 1988, when world leaders convened their first global conference on climate change, in Toronto, the Earth’s average temperature was a bit more than half a degree Celsius above the average of the last two decades of the 19th century, according to measurements by NASA. Global emissions of greenhouse gases amounted to the equivalent of some 30 billion tons of carbon dioxide a year — excluding... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 14:10
With an imbalance today between national government funding and the growing demand to update basic public services like water, power and transportation, our major global cities are challenged more than ever to look creatively at funding solutions for infrastructure. Private sector involvement is a key strategy, and it is manifest in the use of public-private partnerships (P3) in many countries... Read more
[ Interaction ] Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 14:02
Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak talk about the model of collaborative urban leadership in their book The New Localism. In a time of national dysfunction and, frankly, gloom, our best hope for our society lies in our cities and metropolitan areas. That’s the message of the newly released book The New Localism, by Bruce Katz, the noted urbanist at the Brookings Institution, and Jeremy Nowak of Drexel... Read more

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