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Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 16:24
Small towns are an essential but often-neglected element of rural landscapes and food systems. They perform a number of essential functions, from market nodes to providers of services and goods and non-farm employment to their own population as well as that of the wider surrounding region. In demographic terms, they represent about half of the world’s urban population, and are projected to absorb... Read more
Posted on Monday, January 16, 2017 - 16:21
Executive Summary More than 60 percent of refugees worldwide are now estimated to live in urban areas, and increasingly humanitarian agencies are expanding their focus to become engaged with refugees and displaced persons living in cities and towns. Policy and operational shifts are underway, with emphasis on expanding access to protection, self-reliance and essential services among refugees who... Read more
Posted on Monday, January 9, 2017 - 14:43
The world is becoming increasingly urbanised; the accelerated expansion of the metropolitan regions is an increasingly visible phenomenon in the 21st century. In 1990, less than 40% of the total human population lived in a city, but since 2010 over half of all people have been living in an urban area. By 2050, estimates indicate that seven out of every 10 people will live in a city. As a result,... Read more
Posted on Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 12:42
More than half of the world’s population currently live in urban areas, and urbanisation is one of the key trends of this century. Urban areas are both greatly affected by the impacts of climate change and major contributors to the emission of greenhouse gases. But, how can different cities’ contributions and vulnerabilities to climate change be estimated and compared? What role cities can play... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 10:56
The urbanization process in Europe took place rapidly since 1950, but in the 90s it moderated its pace and it will likely be slower during the next ten years. European cities have become in important hubs for education, innovation and knowledge-based economies. Digitalization has been fundamental to increase competitiveness. Source: This article is culled from daily press... Read more
Posted on Friday, December 16, 2016 - 10:19
Could urbanization lead to more democracy and better government for the mega-cities of the developing world? This paper reviews three channels through which urbanization may generate political change. First, cities facilitate coordinated public action and enhance the effectiveness of uprisings. Second, cities may increase the demand for democracy relative to dictatorship. Third, cities may... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 08:56
This report provides new analysis across 479 Indian cities – using an innovative combination of satellite data of night-time lights, census, environmental, and economic data – which demonstrates a clear link between more compact, connected urban growth and stronger economic performance in India, corroborating global findings. India can foster a better urbanisation – one that promotes more rapid... Read more
Posted on Friday, November 18, 2016 - 09:08
Climate Adaption: The State of Practice in U.S. Communities, is the first study to examine in depth actions that multiple municipalities are taking to address climate-change fueled events like flooding, heat waves, wildfires and intense storms. It found that more municipalities are preparing for climate risks than is conventionally believed, that many of those actions support multiple community... Read more
Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 12:18
How mayors and city managers are using innovative approaches to fight entrenched poverty, finance infrastructure work, or protect the environment. A new report by NYU Wagner and the Center for an Urban Future with support from the Citi Foundation highlights how mayors and city managers are using innovative approaches to ameliorate poverty, finance infrastructure work, or protect the environment.... Read more
Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 09:05
Since the second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements celebrated in Istanbul in 1996, the world has changed dramatically. In the early 1990s, the percentage of people living in urban areas was just over 42 per cent, in 2015 it was 54 per cent, and in 2030, it is expected to be 60 per cent. By 2050, 7 in 10 people would be urban dwellers, the first time in history that the majority of... Read more