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Paris emerges Global Earth Hour Capital 2016 winner

Paris, France

Paris is this year’s Global Earth Hour Capital. WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge recognises the “City of Light” as a role model for climate action and awards Paris for its ambitious vision and successful engagement with business, civil society and other cities on its journey toward sustainability. Paris hosted last year’s historic global climate summit and has shown strong climate ...

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Lagos to build Africa’s first smart city

Adeniji Kazeem

The Lagos State Government has signed an agreement with the City of Dubai for the creation of Africa’s first smart city. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the Lagos Smart City was on Monday signed at the Emirate Towers by the Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Adeniji Kazeem, and the Chief Executive Officer of Smart City Dubai LLC, ...

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Cities commit to combating emissions

Rotterdam deluxe

Through bold climate commitments, 228 cities around the world are taking the lead on climate action Over 200 cities have set greenhouse gas reduction goals or targets. Action in these cities, which represent a combined population of 439 million people, could propel countries to meet their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) – the national greenhouse gas reduction pledges embodied in ...

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Success of the Los Angeles BRT system


Who would have thought that one of the best Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems in the U.S. would be in its most crowded, congested, sprawling city? Well check this out. It’s really fabulous. In October 2005, the Los Angeles County Metro Authority (or Metro) debuted a new 14-mile BRT system in the San Fernando Valley using a former rail right-of-way. Unlike many ...

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Lagos plans fourth bridge to link Island, Mainland

Fourth Mainland

Lagos State Government on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to kick-start the construction of the 38km 4th Mainland Bridge, expected to bring a 14-year-old dream to reality. The bridge, which is geared towards economic growth in the state, is expected to gulp N844 billion in a public-private partnership (PPP) initiative and would be delivered in three years. Speaking ...

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Port Harcourt’s lost Garden City status to be restored

Chinyere Igwe

Rivers State Commissioner for Urban Development and Physical Planning, Chinyere Igwe, has said that his ministry will collaborate with the Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce in its Port Harcourt urban renewal project that is aimed at restoring the city back to its lost “Garden City” status. To this end, Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce has been appointed member of a ...

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Elevating public participation in planning practice


The title of this article arose from the writer’s rumination about the urban planning practice in Nigeria and its shortcomings. Every planner knows public participation is fundamental to the profession. It is in our code of ethics, our academic training; and it is made mandatory in our planning laws. Yet our practice of public participation in planning has not witnessed ...

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Cities key to liveable future, says report

Eduardo da Costa Paes

Today, nearly 3.9 billion people – half of the world’s population – live in urban areas. By 2050 that number is expected to nearly double. According to report title “Can a City Be Sustainable?”, the latest edition of the annual State of the World report series from the Worldwatch Institute, there is no question cities will continue to grow; the only ...

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Seven rich cities of the future

rhine ruhr germany

Forget New York, London or Hong Kong. Here are seven cities that are racing up the rankings of the world’s richest, and will be among the top 10 by 2025, according to researchers from the McKinsey Global Institute. Doha, Qatar Qatar’s Doha is predicted to be one of the rising stars in terms of per capita GDP. The country is ...

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Ahead Habitat III, Toluca forum explores Latin American cities’ future


The last of the four scheduled Regional Meetings ahead of Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, will hold 18-20 April 2016 in Toluca, Mexico. Habitat III is billed to take place in Quito, Ecuador, from 17 to 20 October this year. The three-day forum in Mexico represents that for the Latin America and the ...

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