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Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 16:24
Urbanization is the degree of or increase in urban character or nature. It may refer to a geographical area combining urban and rural parts, or to the transformation of an individual locality from less to more urban. The term can describe a condition at a specific time, namely the proportion of total population or area in urban localities or areas ( cities and towns), or the increase of this... Read more
Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 10:34
Why are the health prospects for residents in informal urban settlements so poor, and what future issues will contribute to making these better or worse? These were among the questions discussed at the 11th International Conference on Urban Health held recently in Manchester. As part of this event, a group of participants grappled with the ways in which climate change will affect urban health,... Read more
Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 09:45
The world’s population is increasingly urban; urban areas are increasingly recognised as being susceptible to the impacts of disasters and climate change; and a high proportion of urban residents are children. Yet despite the growing acceptance of each of these realities, relatively little research, policy, or practical attention has been paid to how each interacts with the other. Consequently... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 09:36
Informal settlements widely known as slums in the outskirts of urban centres are usually characterised by inadequate housing facilities and squalid living conditions. Basic services such as clean water, good hygiene and sanitation and proper drainage are at all times wanting. Low income earners can only afford to pay for housing facilities in these slums areas. Slums are growing because the... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 11:17
On January 31st, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon named former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as a Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change.  This appointment reflects the growing recognition of the global impact of cities which, according to Bloomberg,  account for  "more than 70 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions and two-thirds of the world's energy use today."  Sarah Glazer... Read more
Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 11:13
“If there was a perfect slum, Kibera would be it.” The notoriously overcrowded and underserved settlement in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi captivates the public imagination, engendering visions of urban violence, poverty, and hopelessness, said Caroline Wanjiku Kihato of the University of the Witwatersrand at the Wilson Center on February 18. The area was ravaged by ethnic violence that erupted... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 08:56
The newly published third report on The State of African Cities  shows how informal development is a key force in the continent’s urbanisation, yet also poses major dilemmas. The report’s sub-title “Re-imagining sustainable urban transitions” suggests both the need to come up with new answers, but also the elusiveness of solutions. Anybody interested in Africa, sustainable development or planning... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 10:59
For many people around the world this year, the weather has become anything but a topic for small talk. Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, America’s record-breaking freeze, California’s year-long drought, and flooding in Europe have put the long-term dangers of climate change back on the political agenda. In response, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has sent an urgent letter to... Read more
Posted on Monday, March 10, 2014 - 10:24
he Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) of the United Nations recently charged Nigerians on the need for comprehensive city development and climate action plans to minimise the number of people who live in slums. The Deputy Executive Director and Assistant Secretary-General of the agency, Dr. Kirabo Kacyiri, at the recent inauguration of the National Habitat Committee in Abuja, advocated city... Read more
Posted on Monday, March 10, 2014 - 09:15
Much has been said about the impact of rapid urbanization, particularly in Asia, where urban growth has exploded in recent years. The United Nations (UN), in fact, estimates that Asia’s urban population will reach more than 2 billion by 2020. The population increase and growing dynamism have largely been beneficial, as Asian cities became the main drivers of economic growth, and contributed to... Read more