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Sustainable cities depend on empowered citizens.

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Urban Planning, Design & Governance. Safe Cities. Mega Cities & Sustainability. 'Sustainable Connected Cities – Dublin’ collaboration. {*style:<b>NEWS HIGHLIGHTS </b>*} Today, Intel Labs Europe, Dublin City Council and Trinity College Dublin announce the launch of the collaboration The announcement was made at the Intel Ireland Research Conference and was also attended by Seán Sherlock, Minister of State, Department of Enterprise, Jobs & Innovation, who joined the conference to deliver a keynote address on the topic of Research and Innovation in Ireland collaboration is an umbrella programme for a series of collaborations that will see the development and testing of citizen centric services and solutions that further the drive towards delivering sustainable connected cities Thursday October 4th 2012 – Lord Mayor of Dublin Naoise Ó Muirí along Prof.

Martin Curley, Vice President Intel Labs, and Director Intel Labs Europe, and Prof. Vinny Cahill, Dean of Research, Trinity College Dublin, launched the ‘Sustainable Connected Cities – Dublin’ collaboration. Prof. Welcoming this important collaboration, Prof. {*style:<b> Cities Twinning. Cities will determine success after Rio+20. Since the first Rio conference on sustainable development 20 years ago, the world population has become majority urban.

Cities are the 21st century site of global economic growth and job opportunities, and where billions of people will seek to improve their quality of life. In the next 35 years, the fastest rates of urban growth will be in Asia and Africa, where populations are not yet majority urban. At the same time, mature economies will need to renew their infrastructure to meet ever-changing environmental and economic opportunities and challenges. The ongoing lassitude of the international community in reaching a global agreement on curbing carbon emissions impedes progress towards sustainable development. Without hard carbon reduction targets, global carbon emissions have outpaced most projections. The slow pace of progress cries out for an alternative international policy framework under which governments could collaborate on goals that advance sustainability. Mobility is not a technology, but a paradigm shift.

The user, as citizen, professional, or visitor is in a state of mobility represented by the ubiquity of mobile phones in our society. Why this book asks, have highly appreciated services like mobile parking, tourism services, or solutions for the visually impaired not taken off despite the astronomical investments into digital infrastructures in the past decade? Why, have these infrastructures not had the productivity impact that the internet had on our economies, when more than 60% of the world population have access to them?

256 Billion Euro is the sum of opportunity presented in this book, following real business cases and examples of mobility and service innovations in cities. ICTs and Urban Poverty. Sustainable Cities. This Earth Day, we have good reason to celebrate. It’s been a year that saw historic commitments along the path of our collective response to climate change and how we will live on the planet in this century. In September, global leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals and are now working to put them into force to end poverty, while also combating climate change and ensuring that our future is prosperous for all people. The Paris Agreement reached at COP 21 last December represents our best foot forward toward cutting carbon pollution and building resilience to the climate threats we face.

And that momentum continues this week, as leaders from around the world gather in New York City to formally sign the Agreement to turn those promises into action. Increasingly, that future will be more urbanized than ever before. 6 out of 10 people on the planet will live in cities by 2030. However, more than 820 million people live in slums and this number, sadly, is increasing. Sustainable Cities - Rio+20. Cities are hubs for ideas, commerce, culture, science, productivity, social development and much more. At their best, cities have enabled people to advance socially and economically. However, many challenges exist to maintaining cities in a way that continues to create jobs and prosperity while not straining land and resources. Common city challenges include congestion, lack of funds to provide basic services, a shortage of adequate housing and declining infrastructure.

The challenges cities face can be overcome in ways that allow them to continue to thrive and grow, while improving resource use and reducing pollution and poverty. The future we want includes cities of opportunities, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more for all. Do you have a vision of a sustainable city? Are you looking for ideas to green where you live? Sustainable Cities Network. Sustainable Development - What City Leaders Need to Know as Countries Rapidly Urbanize. Jan. 22, 2013 Developing countries are urbanizing fast. To meet the challenges that creates, city leaders must move quickly to plan, connect, and finance resilient and sustainable growth. A new World Bank report provides a framework to help. Today’s developed countries urbanized mostly gradually, their cities expanding over a period of 100 years or more as jobs shifted from farms to factories.

The pace allowed for trial and error in growth patterns and policies. Developing countries today don’t have that luxury. City leaders must figure out now how they will provide the affordable homes, transportation, jobs, and basic infrastructure and services necessary to support already ballooning urban populations, do so with the least impact on the environment and prepare for increasing vulnerabilities stemming from climate change. Planning: Urban planning must look well into the future and across all sectors to avoid locking in damaging growth patterns. Planning & Connecting Financing. - Home. Towards African cities without slums. Poor district in Algeria’s capital, Algiers. Most North African countries have made progress in reducing slum areas. Photograph: Africa Media Online / Ricardo Gangale Millions of Africans live inm dwellers, but also preventi slums, and the rapid growth of African cities is compounding the problem.

Africa faces the huge challenge of “improving the lives of slung the formation of new slums,” says Joan Clos, executive director of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). Africa’s housing ministers, who last met in Rabat, Morocco, in September 2011, are well aware of this challenge. Gathered under the auspices of the African Ministers Conference on Housing and Urban Development (AMCHUD), they outlined new policies for housing and urban development across the continent, in line with the “cities without slums” initiative they originally adopted in 2005. Some slum dwellers fear this may be mostly talk. But in Rabat, the ministers at least laid out broad goals. Crowding and disease Mr.