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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 14:41
The rate of Urbanization in Africa rose from fifteen percent in 1960 to forty percent in 2010, it is even expected to reach sixty percent by 2050. In this context, Africans are discussing how smart cities technologies can be involved to facilitate and improve living conditions. Countries across the continent are aiming at developing smart cities to use greener energy in their daily routine.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 14:39
Gotham Greens’ boxed lettuces have been popping up on the shelves of high-end grocers in New York and the Upper Midwest since 2009, and with names like “Windy City Crunch,” “Queens Crisp,” and “Blooming Brooklyn Iceberg,” it’s clear the company is selling a story as much as it is selling salad. Grown in hydroponic greenhouses on the rooftops of buildings in New York and Chicago, the greens are... Read more
[ 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