Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 13:20
Today, World Toilet Day, is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis. Around the world 4.5 billion people live without a safe toilet, and 892 million practice open defecation. The consequences of exposure to human feces on this scale are devastating for public health, living and working conditions, nutrition, education and economic productivity across the world. For the first... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 12:36
"Everywhere, residents feel they are being pushed out, and it's not just because of gentrification or inflation" BANGKOK - For filmmaker Fredrik Gertten, it is fitting that he is crowdfunding part of the money needed for his new documentary that explores why housing in most major cities is becoming unaffordable for residents. In the film "Push", Gertten follows Leilani Farha, U.N. Special... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 12:30
In news that will probably come as no surprise to commuters who brave Tokyo’s rush-hour crush, Japan’s capital city has the busiest metro system in the world. In fact, Asia is home to seven of the top 10 busiest metros, according to figures from UITP (Union Internationale des Transports Publics), a non-profit organization that promotes public transport worldwide. Most of the world’s busiest... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 12:13
With two-thirds of people expected to live in cities by 2050 and with urban areas accounting for 70 per cent of the emissions that are propelling the planet into a climate unknown, the challenge is both clear and urgent: cities must be reimagined. “We are at a tipping point,” says Martina Otto, head of the Cities Unit at UN Environment. “We have seen sub-national and local governments stepping up... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 16:29
One of the greatest challenges for climate change adaptation is how to build resilience for the billion urban dwellers who are estimated to live in what are termed informal settlements . These settlements have been built outside the ‘formal’ system of laws and regulations that are meant to ensure safe, resilient structures, settlements and systems. But how is it possible to build resilience for... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 04:03
This UNICEF publication presents concepts, evidence and technical strategies to bring children to the foreground of urban planning. By focusing on children, it provides guidance on the central role that urban planning should play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), from a global perspective to a local context, by creating thriving and equitable cities where children live in... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 16:28
Size of grant:   Purpose of CFP: The assignment aims at working collaboratively with an institution that has experience in community mobilization and sensitization in urban areas in Cabo Verde in Praia, Sal Rei, Mindelo and Espargos. The institution will also support in the management of community managed funds so experience in this area will be appreciated. Submissions from institutions only... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 16:15
In giving the Transformative cities award, we aim to highlight political practices and solutions that can serve as inspiration for others. We aspire to create a new model of awards, one which is participatory, inspirational, and rooted in exchange and learning. We envisage a process of knowledge co-creation and practice exchange that leads to an atlas of political practices, whose inspiring... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 11:25
SYDNEY, Australia — Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia has proposed imposing stricter limits on immigration to control overcrowding in the country’s major cities, a plan that experts called a politically motivated gambit that could legitimize resentment against immigrants. Population growth has played a major role in the country’s economic success, but people in Australia’s biggest cities... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 10:48
Culture is the foundation upon which cities are built.  Cities are not just a collection of buildings but are people, their stories, and how they interact with each other through their cultural identity and sense of place. As seen when one of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s most recognizable landmarks, the 16th-century Ottoman bridge Stari Most, or “Old Bridge”, was destroyed in 1993 during the... Read more

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