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Posted on Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 12:42
Many places being cited as examples of cities reborn - including London, New York, Los Angeles, Singapore, Sydney - owe their renaissance to growing populations of the foreign-born, writes  William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). It’s an inescapable truism that’s begun to sink in with leaders worldwide and which, very soon, will become obvious even to those most opposed to our current wave of human mobility. Could a million African, Asians and Middle Easterners really be bound for Europe this year? Certainly—and arguably numbers almost as... Read more
Posted on Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 10:34
Africa's urban population will double in 25 years, and it will have a slum prevalence level of 61% COMING OUT of the conversations at the Africities summit it is clear that the African reality requires a new way of thinking to do with the transformation and growth of its cities. These urban realities include a population that will double in 25 years, a slum prevalence level of 61% (higher than any other region in the world),  a labour force where 63% are in vulnerable employment, where congestion can equate to 2% of a country’s economy and where 400million more people will need water... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 11:17
"Even poor Kenyans are starting to get developed-world diseases' TERESA MAGESA, who lives in Mukuru, a slum in the south of Nairobi, did not realise for years that she had type 2 diabetes. “I was always feeling that I was carrying a burden,” she says. But despite her frequent headaches and dizziness, diabetes, she thought, was a disease for “fat people”. Only in late middle age did she begin to learn that she needed to manage her blood sugar and eat a more balanced diet. Historically, non-infectious diseases such as diabetes, cancer or asthma have been more prevalent in the rich world than... Read more
Posted on Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 10:31
Imagine you live in a village in which, 40 years ago, everyone was able to work the land and live off the proceeds of their labour, but now climatic conditions and changes in land-use patterns have reduced agricultural yields. As you worry about food security, you hear that a new mine has opened in the next village and is hiring. What would you do? For many people the answer is obvious: I would go to the next village in search of work. The 2011 census noted continued high levels of urbanisation and urban expansion, with the greatest pressure being in Gauteng. Given this pressure, the National... Read more
Posted on Monday, September 14, 2015 - 11:42
What is the New Urban Agenda? The New Urban Agenda will be the outcome document agreed upon at the Habitat III cities conference in October 2016. In turn, it will guide the efforts on cities of a wide range of actors — nation states, city and regional leaders, international development funders, United Nations programmes and civil society — for the next 20 years. Inevitably, this agenda will also lay the groundwork for policies and approaches that will extend, and impact, far into the future.UN-Habitat released an initial vision document on the New Urban Agenda and Habitat III in 2013. Who... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 10:50
Around the world, the race is on to slash greenhouse gas emissions and halt global climate change before it causes devastating — and maybe permanent — consequences for the planet. In December, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change met in Lima, Peru to begin drafting an international agreement to cut emissions and begin the process of halting climate change before it's too late. But too late for what, exactly? In its latest climate change report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned of certain "irreversible" impacts of climate change, which were likely to... Read more
Posted on Monday, December 15, 2014 - 12:51
Majority of us fantasize of the day when we can have a smart home like George’s from The Jetsons or Tony Stark’s in the Iron Man movies. A smart home is that responds without us having to lift a finger and then configures our room accordingly. So, how to get the home of the future at the moment? Fortunately the power of Wi-Fi, the magic of smartphones and more and more of the devices being connected to the Internet, are making it simpler than ever to alter our houses into smart homes. You have got plethora of tech to pick from – lights and heating you control remotely, locks that recognise... Read more
Posted on Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 13:22
The Enterprise Zone (EZ) is a policy of deploying spatially targeted fiscal and deregulatory incentives for development such as tax relief, planning simplification, or removal of social rights. There are estimated to be over 3,500 EZs in 130 countries in the developing and developed world which account for more than $200 billion in exports and directly employ at least 40 million workers (Farole and Akinci, 2011). An examination of the history of EZ theory shows that the policy idea has been around for centuries and continues to thrive in different forms to the present day, the types of which... Read more
Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 09:11
He drives a 14 year old Mercedes Benz inherited from his predecessor Klaus Topfer. That’s because he’s holding out for a Tesla, or what he hopes will be Kenya’s first Tesla. The Tesla being powered by electricity and not carbon emitting fossil fuel; the perfect car for the man charged with the world’s environment – the United Nations Environment Programme Executive Director, Achim Steiner. Even his ‘castle’ is environmentally sustainable being entirely solar-powered and it would be remiss, as an avid proponent of the green economy, if he failed to mention the economic benefits of such an... Read more
Posted on Friday, March 21, 2014 - 13:06
At a dialogue on Emerging Global Trends in Urban Thinking in the city this week, speakers said there is no need for any government to raise the gross domestic product (GDP) growth, rather it's the people of the country who will raise GDP on their own for survival. GDP should not be the yardstick of progress rather liveability should be the indicator such as how people are progressing socially or the habits of dealing with hygiene, they said. Liveability means equitable access to resources, public transportation, quality of life, standard of living or general well-being of the people.... Read more