Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 10:52
Twenty-three cities and regions from across the world have committed to cut significantly the amount of waste they generate, putting them on the path towards zero waste. By signing C40’s Advancing Towards Zero Waste Declaration, the 23 cities and regions have pledged to cut the amount of waste generated by each citizen by 15 percent by 2030. In addition, they will reduce the amount of waste sent... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 10:12
The adoption of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015 was accompanied by what insiders considered an optimism they have not experienced in relation to UN resolutions before. The relative efficiency in the drafting, the absence of trenches between East and West, or between North and South, and the unanimity of support... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 10:09
When Yuriko Koike was elected governor of Tokyo, in 2016, her victory marked the dawn of a new age in Japan. The country’s first female defense minister had become the capital’s first female governor, and in a landslide, no less. But breaking through Tokyo’s “steel ceiling” wasn’t just a triumph for Koike or the women of a nation notorious for its gender gap—it was a win for the city’s reputation... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 15:41
CONSULTANT VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT Issued on: 28 August 2018 ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: UN-HABITAT, Slum Upgrading Unit DUTY STATION: Nairobi FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Slum Upgrading and Urban Renewal Expert DURATION: 12 months with option of extension Background The overall aim of the assignment is to support the successful implementation of the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP) in... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 15:37
CONSULTANT VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Issued on 28 August 2018 ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: UNITED NATIONS, GIGIRI DUTY STATION: NAIROBI FUNCTIONAL TITLE: SPATIAL... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 15:21
Accra, 28 August 2018 – Over 100 participants drawn from nearly 20 African countries and other partners recently gathered in the Ghanaian capital Accra to mull ways of curbing the runaway road accidents- as well as the attendant mortality- and to improve urban mobility on the continent. The meeting was held against the milieu that every year, road crashes are estimated to claim over 300,000 lives... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 14:47
Children’s centres in every neighbourhood are vital, writesSebastian Kraemer. And planners must by people who truly represent the communities they serve, writes Victoria Hills What would cities look like if they were designed by infants? As Christine Murray says (What would cities look like if they were designed by mothers?, 27 August), they would have the slopes and lifts so necessary for... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 11:26
Despite traditional cities growing at rates unlike anything they have seen since the middle of the 20th Century—urban rents are surprisingly under control nationwide, according to a recent Apartment List survey of rental rates in the 25 biggest cities. The findings of the survey put media reports of out-of-control rents into perspective. In major cities, rent increases are now well under the rate... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 10:02
What is the State of Global Air? The State of Global Air report brings into one place the most recent information available on levels and trends in air quality and health for countries around the globe. This year we focus not only on ambient (outdoor) air pollution but also, for the first time, on household air pollution from the burning of solid fuels for cooking and heating, a major contributor... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 11:41
Land is often a critical aspect of conflict: it may be a root cause or trigger conflicts, or may become an issue as the conflict progresses. Conflicts lead to forced evictions; the people who are displaced by conflict need somewhere to live, often leading to further disputes over the use of land and other resources. This publication shows how addressing land issues can mitigate conflict,... Read more