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Research gives cities leeway to simultaneously tackle GHG emissions, air pollution

Mauricio Rodas

C40 research highlights actions that could yield an 87% reduction in GHG emissions, a 49% reduction in PM2.5 levels, 223,000 premature deaths averted and up to $583 billion in economic benefit  C40 has released research findings that identify a set of priority actions that cities can take to tackle climate change and air pollution simultaneously, placing the transport, buildings and industry sectors at ...

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C40 supports nine cities to deliver transformational projects

Pretoria - Tshwane

Nine cities will receive specialist financial advice and bespoke support from leading global experts to develop sustainable infrastructure projects from great ideas and plans into fully financed reality. The Colombian cities of Bogotá, Bucaramanga, Cali, Montería, along with Tshwane, South Africa; Quito, Ecuador; Curitiba, Brazil; Quezon City, The Philippines; and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, will receive support over the next ...

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Experts seek review of management of African cities

Marrakech

A team of experts has underscored the need to revisit urban management strategies of African cities. At a workshop on “Harmonised Regional Framework for Implementation, Monitoring and Reporting of the New Urban Agenda” on Thursday, November 22, 2018 at the ongoing Africities 8 Summit in Marrakech, Morocco, participants also raised concern about the building the capacity of local communities and ...

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Cities ‘highly exposed’ to disasters, says report

Harvey storm

A UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) publication has found that nearly three in five cities with populations greater than 500,000 people are at high risk of a natural disaster. The information is contained in a data booklet titled, “The World’s Cities in 2018” and released recently. According to the publication’s findings, 679 of 1,146 cities inhabited by ...

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Africities 8, in Marrakesh, explores sustainable cities’ transition

marrakech

City dynamics and sustainable development will be tabled for discussion as the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) holds the eighth edition of the Africities Summit (Africities 8) in Marrakesh, Morocco, from November 20 to 24, 2018. The UCLG Africa, described as the Pan-African Organisation of Local, Regional and Sub-national Governments, is holding the event in collaboration ...

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World Town Planning Day: Governments urged to prioritise physical planning

Adebisi Adedire

The Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP) has called on the three tiers of government to pay more attention to physical planning for a comprehensive urban development of the country. Chairman of Lagos NITP, Mr Adebisi Adedire, made the call on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at a news conference to mark the 2018 World Town ...

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India uses inland waterways to decongest road, rail traffic

Shri Narendra Modi

India has successfully begun making use of inland waterways to move heavy containers to reduce road and rail traffic, to make optimum utilisation of natural resources. A cargo vessel with as many as 16 containers belonging to “Pepsico’’ is currently moving on River Ganges from the eastern city of Kolkata to Varanasi, a city in the northern state of Uttar ...

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Abu Dhabi to host 10th World Urban Forum in 2020

Abu Dhabi

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) and the Abu Dhabi Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities on Saturday, October 17, 2018 signed an Agreement with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) for Abu Dhabi to host the 10th session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10) in 2020. This will be the first time an Arab country ...

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1.4m people migrate to cities weekly, says UN

Antonio Guterres

The UN says no fewer than 1.4 million people migrate every week to cities around the world. Secretary-General António Guterres warned that the weekly migration could contribute to “disasters”. The UN chief said the development “can strain local capacities, contributing to increased risk from natural and human made disasters”. In his message for World Cities Day, celebrated annually on Oct. 31, ...

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World Cities Day: Highlighting need for cities’ resilience to risks

Maimuna Moh’d Sharif

United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Maimunah Mohd Sharif, in a message to commemorate the 2018 World Cities Day that is observed on Wednesday, October 31, says that numerous cities today face repeated risk from a wide range of both human-made and environmental threats and as such need to invest in resilience to stem the ...

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