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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 10:46
Shakespeare got it right: “All the world’s a stage…” But I wonder if even he’d be surprised at the dialogue we heard at World Urban Forum 9. With the generous support of the Ford Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Institute of International Education, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and UN Habitat, Next City produced journalism and created a physical stage at World Urban Forum 9 that served as a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 10:30
By 2050, the world will be two-thirds urban, placing cities at the frontline of global challenges and opportunities.  Migration is a major factor of urbanisation, contributing significantly to economic development and cultural diversity.  As people and assets concentrate in cities, these become increasingly vulnerable to the impact of climate change, disasters and conflicts. Yet if planned and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 16:04
Rapid and unplanned urbanization has many negative consequences, especially for children and young people. Many children live in urban areas without safe spaces to play, learn, and develop. The rights of children living in cities — including the right to health, the right to education, and the right of protection against violence — are violated, often on a daily basis. City leaders and planners... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 15:53
20 February 2018 – UN-Habitat and Dubai Municipality are pleased to jointly announce the winners of the 2017 edition of the Dubai International Award for Best Practices. The Award recognizes outstanding initiatives that are making valuable contribution to sustainable urban development along the priority areas of the New Urban Agenda. There are a total of 10 winners in 5 categories. Through a long... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 15:23
A lot of people are talking about smart cities, and a lot of people are talking about digital transformation. At a high level, there’s an important similarity between the two topics. The discussion tends to start off with a focus on technology, but success in these initiatives actually comes from re-imagining all the working parts around that technology. In terms of digital transformation, this... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 15:14
At the heart of every emerging economy are the dynamic cities powering their rapid development. Across Asia, many of these enterprising cities have become home to large clusters of business services, engineering, finance and retail firms, along with strong creative industries. From Bangalore in India to Shenzhen in China, they’re held in high regard domestically and are now turning their... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 14:43
When it comes to making a country, a city or an organization competitive, there’s an essential ingredient – people. For the last six years, the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) has ranked countries and major cities on their ability to attract, develop and retain talent. Image: GTCI GTCI is an annual benchmarking report compiled by international business school INSEAD with The... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 14:34
7-13 February 2018 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia The ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9) took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from Wednesday, 7 February, to Tuesday, 13 February 2018, on the theme “Cities 2030 – Cities For All: Implementing the New Urban Agenda.” WUF9 was the first Forum to convene since the adoption of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) at the Habitat III conference in Quito,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018 - 20:14
Cape Town is in the unenviable situation of being the first major city in the modern era to face the threat of running out of drinking water. However, the plight of the drought-hit South African city is just one extreme example of a problem that experts have long been warning about - water scarcity. Despite covering about 70% of the Earth's surface, water, especially drinking water, is not as... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018 - 19:45
Economist Glaeser’s edX course examines benefits, potential risks of increased urbanization After three decades studying cities, Harvard economist believes the worldwide spread of urbanization offers significant opportunities to elevate the human condition. But in “CitiesX: The Past, Present and Future of Urban Life,” a HarvardX course that begins on Thursday, he warns that we need creative... Read more