Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 08:08
For a long time, cities have been likened to bodies. Circulation, metabolism, organs, digestion, all have neat parallels. But can a city think?  Cognitive functions follow a sequence; raw perception, filtering information, identifying threats and desires, imagining alternate actions, speculating on potential outcomes and mobilizing for action. In the age of big data and cloud computing, the city... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 08:03
In an increasingly globalised world, cities have to stand out from the competition to be investable and attract investment. A city must differentiate itself by playing to its strengths, and celebrate its differences, in an authentic way. For it is not just the tangible, economic assets of a city that count. The unique qualities of a place that distinguish it from other cities domestically and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 07:54
Monaco is the most densely populated country in the world, according to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Population Division. The principality, located on France's Mediterranean coast, measures just 2.02 square kilometres. But despite its tiny size, around 26,000 people are squeezed in per square kilometre. This figure is predicted to rise to more than 27,000 by... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 07:50
Austria’s capital Vienna once again defended its position as the city offering the best quality of life in the world, while Iraq’s capital Baghdad remains the worst in an annual survey from consulting firm Mercer. Mercer’s survey of 231 cities helps companies and organizations determine compensation and hardship allowances for international staff. Its criteria include political stability,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 07:45
Some eco-minded groups that traditionally focus on rural conservation are turning their attention to urban areas, in an effort to combat inequality and sprawl. The cranes are on the march in Tukwila, Washington, a Seattle suburb of 20,000 people not far from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. You can see the telltale signs of the metro region’s construction boomalong International Boulevard,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 07:42
Nairobi, 21 March 2018 – In a joint statement, partners working on cities and climate change have laid down the foundations for better-informed city climate action and decision-making, as a result of greater engagement between the policy, practice, and scientific communities working in urban areas. The document, titled: The Science We Need for the Cities We Want, was signed at the recent ... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 26, 2018 - 16:59
The New Urban Agenda sets ambitious sustainability objectives for cities of all sizes. At the 9th World Urban Forum, IIED worked with local governments on how to deliver against the wide-ranging goals. Alexandra Norodom reflects on the power of inclusive processes. Cities need to become more sustainable, inclusive and resilient; the New Urban Agenda (NUA) adopted at the 2016 Habitat III... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Monday, March 26, 2018 - 16:58
Through the International Conferences of Local and Regional Authorities on Water, held during each World Water Forum, the World Water Council and its long-standing partners such as United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the Global Water Operators’ Partnership Alliance (GWOPA)/UN-Habitat are working with local governments to strengthen the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 10:39
With two-thirds of the world’s population expected to live in urban areas by 2050, forests are critical part of the solution to the unprecedented demand for water, food and energy that these cities will face, senior United Nations officials said Wednesday, on the International Day of Forests. “How we manage forests will determine how we meet this demand,” said Manoel Sobral Filho, Director of the... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 17:35
Position Title: Programs Coordinator. Reporting to: Director of Operations Location: Kampala District Working Hours: approx. 8 hours per day starting from 9:00am to 5:00pm (Monday to Thursday) 9:00am- 2:00pm on Friday. WHY TEENS UGANDA: TEENS Uganda is a local non-profit organization for youth development whose major concern is to empower the young people in Uganda to make positive life-choices.... Read more

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