News and Events Latest stories, evidence of impact, media information

[ Event ] Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 11:50
12 - 13 April 2018 Vienna, Austria Organisers: United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and City of Vienna Languages: English, German and Russian The Conference will discuss the progress in achieving access to affordable and decent housing for all through the implementation of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, the New Urban Agenda and the Geneva UN Charter on... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 10:41
As the editor of Gardens Illustrated, Lucy Bellamy is no stranger to providing gardeners with aspirational planting advice. But as someone with a small garden behind a terraced house in a Lincolnshire town, she is all too aware of the limits of a more humble plot. Her book, Brilliant and Wild: A Garden From Scratch in a Year, offers urban gardeners that elusive thing: year-round interest and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 10:28
Two Purdue University studies show that urbanization changes storm patterns and rainfall amounts, highlighting the need for urban planning and infrastructure design that considers how the landscape will affect the weather. In two separate papers, teams led by Dev Niyogi, Indiana state climatologist and professor in the departments of Agronomy and Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 10:20
It has long been known that installing white roofs helps reduce heat buildup in cities. But new research indicates that making surfaces more light-reflecting can have a significant impact on lowering extreme temperatures – not just in cities, but in rural areas as well.   ummers in the city can be extremely hot — several degrees hotter than in the surrounding countryside. But recent research... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 9, 2018 - 13:32
rbanisation has been a well-established trend in the 20th and 21st centuries. However, depopulation and deurbanisation in some countries and numerous cities are becoming serious problems for which no good solutions exist at present. People have steadily moved from rural to urban areas to improve their standard of living as well as quality of life. In 1950, 30% of world population was urban. A... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 9, 2018 - 13:29
Cities around the world are increasingly shifting to renewable electricity. More than 80 UK towns and cities have now committed to switching to 100% clean energy by 2050, it was announced last month by the UK100 network of local government leaders. This includes major cities, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow, and 16 London boroughs.  Momentum is growing in the US too: 58 cities... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 9, 2018 - 12:48
The ‘ignored pollutant’ can cause depression, stress, diabetes and heart attacks. What are cities doing to curb excess noise? The constant roar of traffic, incessant construction noise, piercing sirens, honking horns, shrieking loudspeakers – noise in cities is clearly a nuisance. But it’s also a danger. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has described noise pollution as an underestimated threat... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 9, 2018 - 11:27
Today, Metropolis brings together the governments of 137 cities and metropolitan areas. However, only 18 of these local authorities are headed by women. This represents less than 15%, when women are 51% of the world population. Even if the numbers in the statistics are the same (1 and 5), their inverted position reflects the inequality in every area of metropolitan life. Taking into account our... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Friday, March 9, 2018 - 10:53
The Land and Poverty conference will present the latest research and practice on the diversity of reforms, interventions, and innovations in the land sector around the world. The 2018 conference theme will be: Land Governance in an Interconnected World The conference has become one of the largest international events on land governance, attracting over 1,300 participants in 2017 from governments... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Friday, March 9, 2018 - 10:47
The 9th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation Resilient Cities - The Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation - is the global platform for urban resilience and climate change adaptation, hosted in Bonn, Germany. Resilient Cities was first launched in 2010 with the goal of connecting local government leaders and climate change adaptation experts to discuss adaptation... Read more

Pages