Urban Themes

[ Opportunities ] Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 15:52
Job Summary The World Resources Institute's (WRI) Natural Infrastructure Initiative, Encourage Capital (EC) and the Liquid Assets Project (LAP) are joining forces to create a new position at WRI – Manager, Urban Water Finance. In this role, you will co-lead efforts to develop and scale financially innovative, environmentally-sustainable municipal water management solutions in cities across the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 15:12
This century will be remembered as the urban century. Our generation will witness the most significant urban growth in human history. By 2050, there will be 2.4 billion more people in cities, a rate of urban growth that is the equivalent of building a city the population of New York City every six weeks. Humanity will have urbanized an area of 1.2 million km2, larger than the nation of Colombia.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 14:49
The most complete data set on African urban agglomerations has been launched during the 8th Africities Conference in Marrakesh. Africapolis includes data on more than 7,500 urban agglomerations in 50 countries and aims to become a tool for governments, policy makers, researchers and urban planners. The Sahel and West Africa Club–part of the OECD–and e-geopolisused satellite imagery and official... Read more
[ Interaction ] Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 14:39
The State of African Cities 2018* report, produced by UN-Habitat with IHS Erasmus University, investigates foreign direct investment flows into African cities and the factors which attract it. Jonathan Andrews spoke to the author, Professor Ronald Wall from the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) in Johannesburg, on the sidelines of the 8thAfricities Conference in Marrakesh What surprised you... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 13:08
Growth of blue economies in Africa could take away common rights to land and water, experts warn NAIROBI - Fishing communities along Africa's coastline are at a greater risk of extinction as countries eye oceans for tourism, industrial fishing and exploration revenue to jumpstart their "blue economies," U.N. experts and activists said on Monday. The continent's 38 coastal and island states have... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 12:33
'Children should be a focus of urban planning, yet in many cities they are forgotten' LONDON - Millions of poor urban children are more likely to die before their fifth birthday than those living in rural areas, according to a U.N. study out on Tuesday that challenges popular assumptions behind the global urbanisation trend. The UNICEF research found not all children in cities benefited from the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 11:33
Today, transport accounts for a fifth of global energy demand and a quarter of energy-related CO2 emissions. That means transport is a major contributor to air pollution. And the effects of pollution from transport are especially important in cities, where people and vehicles co-exist in very close proximity. Around 91% of the world’s population is breathing toxic air, according to the World... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 15:47
The world's major industries are all set for further growth in 2019, but there are some worrying risks. Two years ago, when The Economist Intelligence Unit issued Industries in 2017, we predicted that the election of Donald Trump as US president in November 2016 could bring huge changes for global business. We were not wrong. This edition of our annual report discusses the changes that Mr Trump's... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 15:28
This annual event will bring together global and local smart city leaders to discuss "how-to" strategies and visions for smart, connected cities. Expect an innovative, interactive and cutting edge format including keynotes, panels and roundtable discussions on products, services, platforms and solutions in creating sustainable smart cities. WHERE: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA WHEN: APRIL 22 - 23, 2019... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 15:21
Approximately a decade ago, the world officially became a majority urban planet. Along with urbanization a great deal of human progress has come to pass, including great leaps in child survival and development. Aggregate statistics regularly show that on average, compared to their rural peers, urban children have access to better essential services such as health care and education, water and... Read more