Urban Themes

[ Opportunities ] Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 15:15
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[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 15:06
Today’s world is undergoing fundamental changes. On one hand, globalization is reaching a new level despite some ups and downs, emerging economies represented by China are growing rapidly and the global landscape has experienced and will continue to see more changes to come. On the other, technology innovation is striving to come up with breakthroughs; it has changed and will continue to reshape... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 14:53
CITIES AND REGIONS are ideally positioned to make catalytic changes and to transform the global agendas into concrete actions: they are places where people live, where poverty is tackled, where prosperity is generated and where women and youth are empowered. Being closest to the people, local governments are key policy-makers, ensuring among others, that affordable housing, public spaces, access... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 15:59
By 2050, two-thirds of the planet’s population will live in urban centers, and nearly 90 percentof the 2.5 billion new urban dwellers will live in Africa and Asia. The world’s urban areas wereresponsible for around 70 percent of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2013, and that numbercould grow by 50 percent by 2050 if current trends continue. In 2015, world leaders committed to limiting the... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 15:45
The World Cities Day celebration was proposed in the Shanghai Declaration by the organising committee of the World Expo, the United Nations and the International Exhibition Bureau at the World Expo 2010 Shanghai China. The United Nations General Assembly designated the 31st of October as World Cities Day, in resolution 68/239 on 27 December 2013. The 2014 World Cities Day Global Observation was... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 14:40
The United Nations General Assembly has designated the 31st of October as World Cities Day, by its resolution 68/239. The Day is expected to greatly promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world.... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 13:35
As Urban October comes to an end, a month dedicated to raising awareness on urban challenges, successes and sustainability, faced by cities and human settlements around the world, I am delighted to learn that an unprecedented number of global celebrations marking this month have taken place around the world. This month, over 100 events have taken place across almost 50 cities and nearly 30... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 12:53
North America, along with much of the world, has been building and rebuilding its cities and towns quite badly for more than half a century. To do it properly would have been easy; we used to be great at it. But, like voting for president, just because something is easy to do does not mean that it will be done, or done well. To rectify the sporadic spread of city planning best practices, I... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 12:26
The UN estimates that 55% of the global population lives in urban areas – a figure that is projected to rise to 68% by 2050. With few exceptions, cities are expected to become bigger and more numerous. As urbanization speeds up, particularly in Asian and African countries, here are five of the biggest challenges confronting the future of cities: 1. Environmental threats Rapid urbanization,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 12:22
Grab your passport and pack your bags – these are the 10 best cities in the worldfor you to visit. But before you set off, remember that tourism can be a double-edged sword. It can bring tremendous economic benefits but it can also trigger resentment among local residents. Top of the list of best cities to go to is the Danish capital, Copenhagen, which regularly wins plaudits for being a... Read more

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