Urban Themes

[ Opportunities ] Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 14:52
“Cities are where the battle for sustainable development will be won – or lost if we fail.” – Former UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson If we do nothing, temperatures could rise 2 °C or even 3 °C by 2050. Unchecked, climate change threatens to undo much of the economic and social progress achieved since the end of World War II. Limiting global warming to 1.5 °C in line with the Paris... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 14:47
The Global status report on road safety 2018, launched by WHO in December 2018, highlights that the number of annual road traffic deaths has reached 1.35 million. Road traffic injuries are now the leading killer of people aged 5-29 years. The burden is disproportionately borne by pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, in particular those living in developing countries. The report suggests that... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 14:43
Sub-Saharan Africa is the global capital for road traffic deaths. Indeed, there has been no progress in reducing the number of deaths from road traffic incidents in any low-income country between 2013 and 2016, according to the World Health Organization’s 2018 Global Status Report on Road Safety. Globally, the number of road traffic deaths have continued to increase, reaching 1.35 million in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 14:39
The science on climate change, and the scale of action needed to address it, are crystal-clear. People are rising in cities around the globe in direct consequence. We urge local leaders to respond to their concerned citizens, especially since newly released tools are available to support local decision-makers – tools to help cities align with 1.5°C maximum global warming. The evidence piles up... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 14:34
Mobility as a Service (MaaS) has now offered a vision for the future of transportation for several years. The ideas are ambitious: Providing travelers with the services they need to get from point A to point B under a single payment account;. Integrating disparate modes of mobility under one customer experience to better serve the travelers in a city or region. Creating the most efficient... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 23:00
The Summit is a high-level meeting of Mayors from all regions in order to discuss the main challenges around social cohesiveness and diversity in cities worldwide. The 2019 edition, which builds on the Montreal Declaration on Living Together, will be hosted by the City of Düsseldorf. Stay tuned for more information.
[ Partner ] Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 22:31
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 11, 2019 - 17:22
Cities are currently both climate-culprit and climate-victim. They are already responsible for 70 percent of global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions and 65 percent of global energy demand; they could easily account for more than three-quarters of electricity use by 2030. Cities in emerging economies, where 95 percent of population growth to 2030 and beyond will occur, will account for the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 11, 2019 - 17:17
With limited resources and little room for failure, choosing the right procurement strategy has been crucial for US cities to stay ahead of the innovation curve. Standard procurement processes are restrictive. They take time and lack the flexibility required to change and adapt specifications to the reality of the problem they are trying to solve. Searching for the right partner through a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 11, 2019 - 17:12
Bike equity is a powerful tool for reducing inequality. Too often, cycling infrastructure is tailored only to wealthy white cyclists. Designing for bikes has become a hallmark of forward-looking modern cities worldwide. Bike-friendly city ratings abound, and advocates promote cycling as a way to reduce problems ranging from air pollution to traffic deaths. But urban cycling investments tend to... Read more

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