Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 13:18
Surplus and Scarcity The planet is growing more food than ever, and yet millions of people continue to starve worldwide. People are hungry everywhere — in the country, in the suburbs. But increasingly, one of the front lines in the war against hunger is in cities. As urban populations grow, more people find themselves in food deserts, areas with “[l]imited access to supermarkets, supercenters... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 14:07
I. WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE WORLD INEQUALITY REPORT 2018? The World Inequality Report 2018 relies on a cutting-edge methodology to measure income and wealth inequality in a systematic and transparent manner. By developing this report, the World Inequality Lab seeks to fill a democratic gap and to equip various actors of society with the necessary facts to engage in informed public debates on... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 12:40
Burning coal is patriotic, says the government THE spa town of Rabka-Zdroj, in southern Poland, has been known as a treatment centre for children since the 19th century. These days it also has terrible air. In January 2017 the level of benzo(a)pyrene, a carcinogenic compound, was found to be 28 times normal limits. If this goes on, Rabka-Zdroj could lose its spa-town status, which needs to be... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 12:24
As communities around the world hurtle toward urbanization, authorities have the opportunity to embrace the challenge of improving housing and its effects on the health of urban populations. Increasingly, people around the world are living in urban areas. By 2050, 66 percent of the world’s population will be urbanized. But according to the United Nations, at least a third of the global urban... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 11:37
Cities will be driving globalisation and innovation in the emerging world order France recently appointed a tech ambassador to the Silicon Valley. French President Emmanuel Macron named David Martinon as “ambassador for digital affairs”, with jurisdiction over the digital issues that the foreign affairs ministry deals with. This includes digital governance, international negotiations and support... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 11:17
Nairobi, 22 January 2018— Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development Mr.James Macharia has urged the country’s urban sector stakeholders to work together towards the implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA). Speaking to participants at the just concluded National Urban Forum (NUF) held on 15 – 16 January 2018 to concretize Kenya’s position ahead of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 - 10:34
Over a year ago, national and city leaders from around the world gathered at the Habitat III conference in Quito to endorse the New Urban Agenda, which sets a new global standard for sustainable urban development and guides global efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in the era of climate change. In just three weeks, early February 2018, representatives of the world’s countries... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 - 10:33
While some world leaders resist global cooperation, city leaders are working across borders to tackle big issues like global warming, immigration and terrorism, says urban expert Robert Muggah. Amid the relentlessly grim news on climate change, there is a glimmer of hope — and it’s coming from our cities. Even as the US is pulling out from its commitment to the Paris climate accord, cities of all... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 - 10:30
Renewable energy in cities took major strides in 2017. It was a momentous year in terms of ambition, with both cities and large companies making broad commitments to both renewable energy (RE) and deep emissions reductions. Globally, technology and policy created both tailwinds and headwinds for renewables and efficiency implementation. What did 2017 hold in store for energy in cities? This... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 12:06
ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: UN-Habitat DUTY STATION: Home based with availability to Travel FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Housing Policy Expert, Consultant DURATION 01 February 2018 – 31 July 2018 CLOSING DATE: 31 Jan 2018   BACKGROUND The New Urban Agenda acknowledges that housing finance is a pre-requisite for sustainable and inclusive cities and needs to be promoted as a strategic area of... Read more

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