Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 25, 2019 - 15:11
The recent WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety revealed shocking numbers behind the global epidemic of road deaths — up to 1.35 million in 2016. Its release confirmed that vulnerable users like pedestrians and cyclists make up more than 26% of global road deaths, and that low-income neighborhoods are among the hardest hit by this crisis. Even as this public health emergency continues to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 25, 2019 - 15:00
A UN report on the state of world biodiversity for food and agriculture links rising food insecurity and chronic hunger to threatened habitats and ecosystems. But traditional female stewards of biodiversity offer hope.   Zimbabwean farmer Miriam Cikenzi works hard to grow groundnuts, one crop that still flourishes in the red clay soils of a region ravaged by climate change-induced drought.  And... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 25, 2019 - 14:49
Mapping job openings with available employees in major U.S. cities reveals a striking spatial mismatch, according to a new Urban Institute report. Good news: America’s cities have plenty of jobs. Bad news: Many of the people who want them don’t live anywhere nearby. A new analysis by the Urban Institute explores this concerning spatial mismatch, drawing on evidence from tens of thousands of job... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Monday, February 25, 2019 - 14:41
A recently-released special report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change underscores the urgency of reducing emissions significantly and rapidly to achieve the 1.5 degree Celsius scenario (1.5DS) called for in the Paris Agreement, to avoid potentially catastrophic climate impacts by mid-century. The transport sector contributes roughly one quarter of global energy related GHG... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Monday, February 25, 2019 - 14:22
This report presents the first global assessment of biodiversity for food and agriculture (BFA). It complements other global assessments prepared under the auspices of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (see Box 1), which have focused on the state of genetic resources within particular sectors of food and agriculture. The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:39
As cities strive to improve the quality of life for their residents, many are working to promote walking and biking. Such policies make sense, since they can, in the long run, lead to less traffic, cleaner air and healthier people. But the results aren’t all positive, especially in the short to medium term. In Washington D.C., for example, traffic fatalities as a whole declined in 2018 compared... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:34
The recent court decision against the neighbours of Tate Modern in London belies a much wider problem – everyone is constantly being watched Alexander McFadyen says that he and his family were “more or less constantly watched” while they were at home. They had to be “properly dressed” at all times, and even then they were often photographed or filmed, and sometimes spied on with binoculars.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:14
Yet in cities, affluent white neighborhoods and high-poverty black ones are outliers, resisting the fragmentation shown with other types of neighborhoods. America’s cities have changed considerably over the past half century, in ways that challenge and confound our theories for understanding them. Back in the early 20th century, the urban theorists associated with the Chicago School—Robert Park... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:10
Telefónica and Seat have joined forces as part of a consortium to demonstrate connected car and 5G assisted driving during Mobile World Congress (MWC 2019) in Barcelona next week. The companies have entered a collaboration agreement with Mobile World Capital Barcelona, Ficosa, Etra, i2Cat, CTTC and UPC, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies for the project whose main objective is increasing road... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 14:37
Closing date: Wednesday, 27 February 2019 Background information – Cities Alliance The Cities Alliance is a global partnership promoting the role of cities in poverty reduction and sustainable development. Hosted by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and managed by a Secretariat based in Brussels, the Cities Alliance is a unique partnership with a diverse membership, which... Read more