Urban Themes

[ Opportunities ] Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 10:17
Closing date: Thursday, 7 March 2019 Urban Agriculture Specialist Location : Erbil, IRAQ Application Deadline : 07-Mar-19 (Midnight New York, USA) Additional Category : Crisis Response Type of Contract : Individual Contract Post Level : International Consultant Languages Required : English Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 01-May-2019 Duration of Initial... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 09:56
A new study, conducted in a rapidly developing city in China, discovered that urbanization increases the proportion of disease-causing bacteria in the air and the overall amount of airborne microbes. Airborne microbe risk to human health increases with urbanization, especially during the summer. Released earlier this month, the study focus on the microbiome of urban air. Bacteria can easily... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Monday, February 25, 2019 - 16:28
THE World Youth Report: Youth and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, prepared by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, examines the mutually supportive roles of the new agenda and current youth development efforts. The Department of Economic and Social Affairs provides an interface between global policies in the economic, social and environmental spheres and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 25, 2019 - 16:03
“The most beautiful fig may contain a worm.” This African proverb calls us to question what we have always believed to be good. From the savannas of southern Africa; to the mountains of East Africa; to the forests of central Africa; to the coastlines of West Africa and the golden sands of Northern Africa- it is indisputable that “job creation” is a universal priority of development blueprints of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 25, 2019 - 15:52
Soon after becoming prime minister last year, Scott Morrison appointed a minister for “congestion busting”, signalling the importance he attaches to this issue. The large number of Google search results on “traffic congestion in Australian cities 2019” (9.5 million) and “traffic congestion in Australian cities costing the economy 2019” (8.3 million) seems to support his opinion. But what if this... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 25, 2019 - 15:11
The recent WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety revealed shocking numbers behind the global epidemic of road deaths — up to 1.35 million in 2016. Its release confirmed that vulnerable users like pedestrians and cyclists make up more than 26% of global road deaths, and that low-income neighborhoods are among the hardest hit by this crisis. Even as this public health emergency continues to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 25, 2019 - 15:00
A UN report on the state of world biodiversity for food and agriculture links rising food insecurity and chronic hunger to threatened habitats and ecosystems. But traditional female stewards of biodiversity offer hope.   Zimbabwean farmer Miriam Cikenzi works hard to grow groundnuts, one crop that still flourishes in the red clay soils of a region ravaged by climate change-induced drought.  And... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 25, 2019 - 14:49
Mapping job openings with available employees in major U.S. cities reveals a striking spatial mismatch, according to a new Urban Institute report. Good news: America’s cities have plenty of jobs. Bad news: Many of the people who want them don’t live anywhere nearby. A new analysis by the Urban Institute explores this concerning spatial mismatch, drawing on evidence from tens of thousands of job... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Monday, February 25, 2019 - 14:41
A recently-released special report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change underscores the urgency of reducing emissions significantly and rapidly to achieve the 1.5 degree Celsius scenario (1.5DS) called for in the Paris Agreement, to avoid potentially catastrophic climate impacts by mid-century. The transport sector contributes roughly one quarter of global energy related GHG... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Monday, February 25, 2019 - 14:22
This report presents the first global assessment of biodiversity for food and agriculture (BFA). It complements other global assessments prepared under the auspices of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (see Box 1), which have focused on the state of genetic resources within particular sectors of food and agriculture. The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and... Read more