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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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Volvo Environment Prize 2018 awardee tags Lagos ‘environmental nightmare’

Xuemei Bai

A leading expert and thought leader on urbanisation and sustainability, Xuemei Bai, has painted a grim picture of the spatial status of Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital city. Bai, who is of the Future Earth Urban Knowledge Action Network, was recently awarded the Volvo Environment Prize 2018. She is a professor in Urban Environment and Human Ecology at the Fenner School ...

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Planners, statisticians seek global definition for cities


As part of efforts to provide the necessary technical support to countries for effective monitoring and reporting on human settlements indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda (NUA), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in collaboration the European Commission, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations ...

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Copenhagen to host C40 Mayors Summit 2019

Copenhagen Denmark

Lord Mayor, Frank Jensen, announced on Friday, October 19, 2018 that the City of Copenhagen in Denmark would host the C40 Mayors Summit in October 2019. Copenhagen was reportedly selected as the host city, for the landmark climate event, by the 17 mayors that make up the C40 Steering Committee. The C40 Mayors Summit, takes place every three years, bringing ...

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Surveyors seek adoption of modern mapping technologies to end boundary overlap


Land surveyors on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 called for the adoption of Continuous Reference Station (CORS) system in surveying to ease land administration system and prevent land boundary overlapping. Lagos State Chapter Chairman of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS), Mr Adesina Adeleke, made the call at the Mandatory Continuous Professional Development (MCPD) programme of the institution in Lagos. The ...

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Lagos to improve officers’ capacities in processing building plan permit

Funmi Osifuye

The Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 restated its commitment to train and improve the capacities of district officers that process planning permits across the state. Mr Funmi Osifuye, the General Manager, LASPPA, made the disclosure while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. Osifuye said the training was necessary to ...

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Africa awakens to the Smart City

Smart City

With Nigeria anticipating a major smart home rollout to the tune of $50 billion by 2025, the opportunities from an economic perspective are endless. This is because the concept will be implemented as a whole, providing a training opportunity for Nigerians and allowing them to caretake and oversee the project. The business that is introducing the models to the country will collaborate ...

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Lagos faults planners over villages’ excision in urban plan

Funmi Osifuye

The General Manager, Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA), Mr Funmi Osifuye, has faulted town planners for the excision of some villages in the state’s urban development plan. Osifuye expressed his view in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 in Lagos. He spoke on the backdrop of a Draft Report on ...

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Barcelona Resilience Week to incite action in urban sturdiness

Maimunah Mohd Sharif

Building on the success of previous editions of Barcelona Resilience Week (2015 and 2016) that fostered dialogue between technical and political representatives, the 2018 edition will push forward action to achieve the vision for sustainable and resilient cities set out in the 2030 Agenda. Organised by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the 2018 Barcelona Resilience Week, scheduled to ...

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Abu Dhabi named world’s safest city

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has been named the safest city in the world for the second year by Numbeo. Numbeo is a website for crowd-sourced global data, Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism said on Wednesday, September 19, 2018. Abu Dhabi surpassed more than 300 cities across the world, including Tokyo, Japan, Basel, Munich, ...

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