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Posted on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 10:38
During the 18th annual session of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD), Smart Cities and Infrastructure, was selected as one of the priority themes for the 2015-16 period. The objective of this paper, prepared by the UNCTAD secretariat, is to illustrate the key role of STI, including ICT, in the development of a smart city and its infrastructure.The paper... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 18:35
As Vice-President of the General Assembly of Partners towards Habitat III, I have been asked to explain repeatedly over the past few months exactly how civil society input will make its way into the New Urban Agenda, to be adopted by UN member states at the forthcoming Habitat III conference. To be sure, Habitat III is an intergovernmental meeting, and the New Urban Agenda will be an... Read more
Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 10:25
Rental Housing in Africa: Opportunities and Challenges Urbanization and slum formation are intertwined in a context of mal-functioning housing sector and increasing demand for decent housing. Rental housing is thus an important component that cannot be ignored in finding a solution to housing in Africa. Over 2 billion new urban residents are created annually and there is an annual increment of 35... Read more
Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 - 16:27
The ‘challenge of slums’ is a global challenge, but particularly acute in Sub-Saharan Africa where in 2001 71.9% of the urban population lived in slums. This article reviews the housing programmes of a selected number of African countries (Angola, Namibia, Ethiopia and South Africa) to argue that while until recently African shelter policies at least in name continued to be mostly in line with... Read more
Posted on Friday, February 26, 2016 - 15:19
Despite numerous studies on townships, research into township economies and related commercial real estate markets is limited. The majority of studies refer to the economy only as part of a broader discussion about other themes such as housing. And, while the information in these studies is useful, it is not captured and discussed within an overarching conceptual framework, which would allow the... Read more
Posted on Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 11:25
A long commute to work, made especially worse by gridlock and crowds, can be stressful, largely because you’re wasting valuable time that could be spent getting work done. Rapid urbanization is on the rise around the globe, bringing its share of challenges: greater congestion, increased pollution, gridlock and rising rents, to name a few. And with more traffic and congestion, comes longer... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 09:00
If there was any doubt in your mind about the onslaught of climate change to our survival on this planet, the Paris Agreement of 2015 provides strong consensus that the problem is very real. It demands the immediate and collective action of governments, the private sector, you, and me. Keep in mind that while climate change is seen mostly as an environmental problem, it is more accurately a... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 08:39
"A city is more than a place in space. It is a drama in time." So wrote the urban planner Patrick Geddes at the start of the 20th century. Today, that drama has taken on new urgency and complexity. The world's cities have become the global stage for some of humanity's greatest challenges, calling on our collective ingenuity, investment, and commitment to solve. The number of people living in the... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 12:30
City, Child, and Resilience interact with each other but not always to move towards sustainable development. This issue explores some of the key issues around this. As the second most populous country in the world, India's has a greater share of young people in its population than other countries. Almost 65% of India's population is under 35 years of age, of which 39% is18 years or below. Experts... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 09:44
Introduction The current economic situation in Europe creates concerns for and barriers to the deployment of local sustainable energy services. Therefore, much attention needs to be placed on developing and introducing innovative financing models, as well as redefining and improving existing financing schemes. More incentives are needed to stimulate private investments and realize a wider... Read more