Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 19, 2018 - 16:08
Recovering water, energy, nutrients and other precious materials embedded in wastewater is an opportunity for cities to transition to the circular economy and contribute to improved water security. The call comes from a new report on reuse opportunities by the International Water Association and OFID (the OPEC Fund for International Development). Titled, The Reuse Opportunity: Cities seizing the... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Monday, March 19, 2018 - 15:41
Closing date: Wednesday, 4 April 2018 OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME To promote a healthier environment, intensify primary prevention and influence public policies in all sectors so as to address the root causes of environmental threats to health. To develop and implement headquarters functions and to support WHO Regional and Country Offices in working with countries towards implementation of... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Monday, March 19, 2018 - 15:36
CONSULTANCY JOB OPENING Issued on: 20th February 2018 ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: Urban Economy and Finance Branch, UN-HABITAT DUTY STATION: Nairobi PROJECT: Future Saudi Cities Programme FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Consultant - Urban Economy and Municipal Finance CLOSING DATE: 22 March 2018 START DATE Immediately END DATE: 31st December 2018 BACKGROUND The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 19, 2018 - 15:13
Projections suggest cities will swell at an astonishing pace – but whether that means our salvation or an eco-disaster is by no means certain by John Vidal The 1960 street map of Lagos, Nigeria, shows a small western-style coastal city surrounded a few semi-rural African villages. Paved roads quickly turn to dirt, and fields to forest. There are few buildings over six floors high and not many... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Monday, March 19, 2018 - 15:00
ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION UN-Habitat, Somalia Programme DUTY STATION Nairobi/ Kenya (with travel to Somalia) FUNCTIONAL TITLE Legal Specialist – Urban legislation, land and human rights, CONTRACT TYPE Consultant POST DURATION 6 months CLOSING DATE 21 March 2018   BACKGROUND Several regions of Somalia, and the country, as a whole, other regions of Somalia, have been... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 19, 2018 - 14:55
Urban development changes storm patterns and rainfall amounts, two new papers suggest. The research highlights 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 agronomy and earth, atmospheric, and planetary sciences departments at... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 19, 2018 - 14:48
Ben Lambert, a 34-year-old who manages fundraising efforts for a number of nonprofits, lives in one of Denver’s densest residential neighborhoods: Capitol Hill. The area surrounds Colorado’s capitol building and is home to museums, concert venues and restaurants. The housing stock consists mostly of apartment buildings and tightly packed homes. Ben’s apartment building has a small off-street... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 19, 2018 - 12:45
Every city in the U.S. has a chief elected leader. Many cities have a chief technology officer. Several cities have a chief resilience officer. But, how many cities have a chief scientist? In an era of climate change and limited resources, isn’t this an idea whose time has come? I suggested this idea at the recent CitiesIPCC 2018 Conference in Edmonton, Canada before a friendly audience of mayors... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 19, 2018 - 12:32
Notably, no U.S. cities featured in the top 10 LONDON, March 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Singapore remains the world's most expensive city for the fifth consecutive year, with Paris, Zurich and Hong Kong following closely behind, according to the Worldwide Cost of Living Survey published on Thursday. Low inflation meant Tokyo - the most expensive city until 2013 - dropped out of the top 10... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 16:26
Authors: Franz Gatzweiler, Executive director of the URBAN HEALTH AND WELLBEING: A SYSTEMS APPROACH Programme of the International Council for Science (ICSU), Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xiamen, China Email: gatzweiler02@gmail.com Jieling Liu, PhD candidate in Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon,... Read more