Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 02:57
Transport for London (TfL) will seek government support after a fall in passenger numbers over the past week as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. With an increasing amount of people now working from home, the transit operator reported that passenger numbers on the underground were down by 19 percent, while bus use has fallen by 10 percent when compared to the same time last year.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 02:55
Cities that refuse to pay cybercriminals a ransom can often end up paying more in recovery costs and lost revenue, says a new report by Deloitte’s Center for Government Insights. It cites the City of Baltimore which refused a US$76,000 ransom demand, only to suffer over US$18 million in recovery costs and lost revenues. In 2019 alone, governments reported 163 ransomware attacks with more than US$... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 02:50
Thirteen solutions to assist cities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic have been made available online through the Marketplace.city portal. The portal–a “smart” marketplace that helps break down procurement barriers, allowing technology solutions to be implemented faster and more efficiently–is listing solutions–to respond to the pandemic–that are being offered by companies for free, or at... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 02:44
Nontsundu Ndonga in uMhlathuze, South Africa, is now requiring all applications to the planning department to be completed online to eliminate the need for in-person consultations. Chris Castro in Orlando, Florida, USA, has had to postpone all of the city’s in-person Earth Day activities. Lotte Suveri, in Turku, Finland, has put all their social media campaigns about climate change on hold so... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 02:39
City residents are being forced out by mobs which terrorise impoverished urban districts with extortion, violence and murder CUSCATLAN/TEGUCIGALPA, March 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Liliana was there when local men abducted her teenage friend on the outskirts of El Salvador's capital, and she saw exactly who did it. But when police came to question her, she kept quiet. Her family, who were... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 02:32
The African Studies Centre Leiden is looking for two PhDs related to urbanisation, urbanity, and urban diversity in relation to African Studies  Project descriptionIn the framework of  the programme University of Edinburgh-University of Leiden Joint Funded PhD Studentships, the African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL) will recruit two PhD candidates. Candidates will identify and indicate their... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 02:28
Exclusive: Destruction of wildlife and the climate crisis is hurting humanity, with Covid-19 a ‘clear warning shot’, say experts Nature is sending us a message with the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing climate crisis, according to the UN’s environment chief, Inger Andersen. Andersen said humanity was placing too many pressures on the natural world with damaging consequences, and warned that... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 02:10
This report analyses trends as well as data availability for monitoring progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Asia and the Pacific and its five subregions. It assesses gaps which must be closed to achieve the goals by 2030. This assessment is designed to ensure the region’s actions remain on target, shortcomings are addressed as they arise, and all interested parties remain... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Monday, March 23, 2020 - 12:27
The Worldwide Cost of Living is a bi-annual survey from The Economist Intelligence Unit that compares more than 400 individual prices across 160 products and services in 133 cities. As with last year’s Worldwide Cost of Living Survey, and for only the second time in 30 years, three cities share the top spot as the world’s most expensive cities to live.  Source: The Economist Intelligence Unit... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Monday, March 23, 2020 - 11:43
Submission period Monday 9 March, 2020 - Wednesday 15 April, 2020 Description The purpose of the Call for Expression of Interest is to solicit interest from existing or prospective Implementing Partners that wish to participate in UN-Habitat operation and contribute complementary resources (human resources, knowledge, funds, in-kind contributions, supplies and/or equipment) to achieving... Read more

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