Browsing Archive: February, 2016

Habitat III official negotiating process expanded significantly

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Monday, February 29, 2016, In : Sustainable cities 

Habitat III official negotiating process expanded significantly

New dates include weeklong sessions devoted to local authorities and civil society.

Spring will be in the air when the first draft of the 
New Urban Agenda, the United Nations’ 20-year urbanization strategy, is shared with the world.

That release, slated for early May, will start a ticking clock until October, when upwards of 40,000 world leaders, mayors, academics, urbanists and activists converge in Quito for the U. N. Confere...

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How fragile are our cities? [new research]

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Friday, February 19, 2016, In : Cities and urban issues 

The world is urbanizing at a breakneck pace. But not all regions are moving at the same speed. Most population growth today and tomorrow will occur in the sprawling cities and slums of Africa and Asia. Just three countries — China, India and Nigeria — will account for 40% of global growth over the next decade. Meanwhile, many cities in North America and Western Europe are actually shrinking.

The pace of this urban revolution is mesmerizing. Just 3% of the world’s population lived in citi...

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