Urban Themes

[ Document ] Posted on Monday, September 23, 2019 - 17:21
It gives me great pleasure to present UN-Habitat’s Strategic Plan for the period 2020-2023. The basis of the Plan is UN-Habitat’s new vision of “a better quality of life for all in an urbanizing world”. This vision is encapsulated in the Plan’s 4 domains of change namely: • Reduced spatial inequality and poverty in communities across the urban - rural continuum; • Enhanced shared prosperity of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 23, 2019 - 17:04
In Jeff Speck’s excellent new book, Walkable City, he suggests that there are ten keys to creating walkability. Most of them also have something to do with redressing the deleterious effects caused by our allowing cars to dominate urban spaces for decades.   1. PUT CARS IN THEIR PLACE. (“Traffic studies are bullshit.”) Startling quote, no? Jeff believes, that a car-first approach has hurt... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 23, 2019 - 15:14
Cities are vital to limit global warming because they are home to more than half the world's population and generate three-quarters of carbon emissions   BARCELONA - With efforts to make buildings, transport, energy and waste management greener, cities could cut their planet-warming emissions nearly 90% by 2050, producing close to $24 trillion in returns, a coalition of 50 organisations said on... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 23, 2019 - 15:05
We are entering a new transportation age, one in which new modes; from scooters to ride hailing apps to autonomous vehicles, are disrupting transportation traditions. the Internet of Things (IoT) is gradually connecting everyone to everything, and new data sets are emerging too fast to be properly analyzed or effectively integrated with other data. To understand how this transition is unfolding... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 23, 2019 - 15:02
Tokyo may be the most ‘overworked’ city – but there are ways to measure how hard a city works other than simply totting up the overtime In July 2013, 31-year-old Miwa Sado, a reporter for Japan’s national broadcaster NHK, was found dead in her Tokyo apartment. She had died from heart failure. It was later revealed that Sado had logged 159 hours and 37 minutes of overtime at work in the month... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Monday, September 23, 2019 - 14:47
The Urban Mobility Summit will be held during Autonomy, 16 – 17 October 2019. It explores the exciting big-picture ideas in mobility that will contribute to combating climate change and pollution while decreasing congestion. Taking place on the Main Stage, a limited number of Summit Passes on sale will encourage a unique intimacy that is not present in any other large-scale mobility... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Monday, September 23, 2019 - 14:30
The 2019 World Bank Group (WBG) Youth Summit Competition challenges young social entrepreneurs to submit innovative proposals for scalable enterprises that leverage smart technology to build sustainable and inclusive cities that will serve the needs of 1 million people by 2030. We want to hear from young changemakers across the globe on how we can leverage the growth of cities for more... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 20, 2019 - 09:20
How can we accelerate action on sustainable development? Global leaders are set to take stock of the 17 goals they’ve set themselves at a meeting on the fringes of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The World Economic Forum’s Sustainable Development Impact Summit (SDIS) on September 23-24 brings together hundreds of leaders from government, business and civil society to help find... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 20:25
This storybook is the culmination of an experiment to reimagine the People’s Biodiversity Register (PBR), a tool to document biological diversity from local communities. The limitations of the current format is that biodiversity is seen as a purely scientific understanding, and doesn’t give weight to knowledge as a whole, and local practices within which knowledge is acquired and embedded. The... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 20:20
Do those of us who lead an urban lifestyle consider biodiversity too remote a problem? Or are we aware that the choices we make, our consumption patterns and our outlook towards natural resources define which and how many species we will share the planet with in the future? The storybook unravels these themes and others that draw connections between the urban lifestyle and biological diversity. ... Read more

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