Urban Themes

[ Opportunities ] Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 10:22
Location Washington, DC Recruitment Type International Hire Language Requirement English [Essential] Closing Date 18-Sep-2017 Background / General description: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is a multilateral financial mechanism created in 1991 to provide grant and concessional funds to recipient countries for projects and programs that address biodiversity loss, climate change mitigation... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 10:19
Regional CSD/HUD Emerging and Sustainable Cities Program - Operations Contractual - RG-X1226 - Defined Term Contractual (DTC) TERMS OF REFERENCE Background Established in 1959, the Inter-American Development Bank ('IDB' or 'Bank') is the main source of financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. It provides loans, grants, guarantees, policy... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 10:18
Education & Work Experience: I-Master's Level Degree - 10 year(s) experience P-5 Vacancy Type: FTA International Posting Type: External Bureau: Management Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension Background Under the overall guidance of the Copenhagen based UN Country Team (UNCT), and under the direct supervision of the UNDP Director, the Common Services Manager is... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Monday, August 28, 2017 - 17:13
In October 2016, country and city representatives agreed on the New Urban Agenda (NUA) in Quito, which forms an ambitious baseline for sustainable urban development until 2030. GIZ-SUTP is contributing to the NUA by publishing a new Factsheet Series. The series addresses mayors and practitioners, outlines strategies that are crucial for realizing the objectives of the NUA and provides very... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 28, 2017 - 14:47
Last year’s United Nations-brokered agreement on the future of cities, the New Urban Agenda, embraced many of today’s trends in urban planning and management made possible by new technologies. From smart cities to data collection, the high-tech possibilities of urban data centres and street-level monitoring tools were all given the U. N.’s stamp of approval. But for geographer Federico Caprotti ... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 25, 2017 - 14:06
Chengdu, 25 August 2017 – Dr. Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-Habitat, and Mr. Xia Yiping, Co-Founder & Chief Technical Officer, Mobike, a leading smart bike share company in China, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UN-Habitat and Mobike to promote bike sharing as an effective, smart and sustainable mobility solution for cities. The signing ceremony took place during Dr... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Friday, August 25, 2017 - 13:44
After two destructive civil conflicts between 1989 and 2003, Liberia’s proactive efforts to revive its economy and development are reflected by the improvements and reconstruction taking place in its cities. However, the disproportionate rate of urbanisation and urban primacy has generated significant challenges which could impede national development. If Liberia is to achieve inclusive economic... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Friday, August 25, 2017 - 13:38
WHEN: 11th June 2018 – 29th June 2018 all-day CONTACT: Desislava Yordanova,  +31 (0) 104089865 Cities are increasingly expected to undertake concrete actions to adapt to sea level rise, floods, droughts and other natural disasters exacerbated by climate change and climate variability. At the same time, the planning and implementation of low carbon development strategies should support also... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 25, 2017 - 13:33
In discussions of human survival beyond this century, urban expansion may not seem a significant threat. But even as China sets the pace for rapid urbanization, a painting from the Renaissance era urges caution. The Tower of Babel, by 16th-century Flemish artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder, is a monumental painting. Its depiction of an enormous tower mid-construction might have been a celebration... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 25, 2017 - 13:07
In this guest blog, Sabrina McNew, discusses her research published today in BMC Evolutionary Biology, which examines the effects of urbanization on epigenetic variation between Darwin’s finch populations Humans have altered natural environments in profound and permanent ways. Indeed, various forms of human disturbance, including habitat destruction, an influx of trash, noise pollution, or... Read more