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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 08:55
Cities are the way of the future. In less than 35 years, the World Health Organization estimates that two-thirds of the world population will be living in urban areas. That's an additional 2.5 billion people. The cities that will flourish the most are those that rely on cutting-edge technologies and create opportunities for people to develop new ones. To get a sense of which cities do that... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 12:16
Most of the world’s human citizens now live in cities, and the percentage of people who do (as well as the percentage of urbanized land) is only going to grow. An awareness of urban biodiversity helps to dispel the myth that “nature” only happens away from the human-built environment. By that telling, humans are not part of nature, and this perspective has led to some of the most damaging... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 11:25
A global panel of experts has recommended the creation of a first-ever international body focused on urban sustainability. The panel was formed at the behest of U. N. Secretary-General António Guterres, who subsequently indicated his support for the creation of such an entity, being referred to as “UN Urban”. The proposal, released 3 August, is the topline conclusion of a major report on how to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 10:41
This seemingly dull photograph, below, records a remarkable meeting of brilliant minds in sleepy Somerset, an encounter which generated groundbreaking, innovative ideas, which would go on to shape the modern world and forever changed the way we live. It was taken at the 1947 Congrès International d’Architecture Moderne (CIAM) in Bridgwater. The delegates included individuals who would become... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 10:06
Top 100 Most Populous Cities Evaluated Using the Sustainable Development Goals New York – Today, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, which co-produces the Global SDG Index, released the first-ever U.S. Cities SDG Index. The Index ranks the 100 most populous U.S. cities, using Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), based on their performance on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 15:05
The world is increasingly urban, with cities projected to gain 2.5 billion more residents by 2050 – mostly in Asia and Africa. As we face escalating global crises such as climate change, chronic disease, poverty, inequity and homelessness, popular opinion often reflects the stereotypes of urban living as a major contributor. This cliché contrasts smoggy skylines, traffic-choked streets and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 14:18
But are urban planners ready to listen? Urban planning is a comparatively young discipline — much younger than architecture, for example. The history of many cities is far longer than that of urban planning. This is why European urban planning and urban design always have alluded to practices from the Middle Ages or even the Greco-Roman civilizations. Likewise, in the first half of the 20th... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 11:07
3 August 2017 – An independent panel reviewing the effectiveness of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has proposed the programme be recast as the Organization's 'urban champion,' including through the establishment of a coordinating mechanism to complement its work and convene all UN agencies and partners on urban sustainability. The panel, appointed by Secretary-General António... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 10:44
When thinking about the cities of the future, I know that they will be more connected, and I strongly believe that they must be more inclusive. We can’t have the Internet of Everything without the Inclusion of Everyone. Already today, a growing number of cities are using smart technologies to better connect people to places and to each other – and more importantly also connecting people to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 14, 2017 - 13:01
UN-Habitat welcomes the Report of the High Level Independent Panel to Assess and Enhance the Effectiveness of UN-Habitat, which comes in the midst of one of humankind’s greatest challenges: the boom in population and the concurrent mass migration from country to city all over the world. In that context, the report recognises that UN-Habitat’s work is much sought after by donors and governments,... Read more