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Reversing the Death of Venice

by Carlo Ratti VENICE – Some of the worst floodings in Venice’s history has submerged some of the historic city’s renowned cultural sites, including St. Mark’s Basilica on Piazza San Marco. This is only the sixth time the basilica has been flooded in 1,200 years, but the fourth time in the last two decades, and the second time in under ... Read More »

Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti Becomes Chair of C40 Cities

Garcetti declares the 2020s the make-or-break decade for the climate crisis and commits to a Global Green New Deal London, UK, 02 December 2019 – Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti today assumed his role as the new chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group — a collection of the world’s largest cities committed to taking bold action to ... Read More »

Is there a place for ethics in Smart Cities?

By Dr Jaspal Kaur Sadhu Singh It is difficult to win a debate on ethics when you are pitted against a crowd of tech-acolytes. I was taking the position that a more vital consideration in developing cities are ethical ones rather than the smartness of the technology utilised in the infrastructure and running of facilities or services in cities. The ... Read More »

Mayors vow to work together with youth climate activists

C40 Cities will create a Global Youth Initiative, bringing together leaders of climate movements from all over the world, to work with mayors Announcement comes out of several days of collaboration at C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen Copenhagen, Denmark 11 Oct. 2019 – Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen alongside fellow mayors from Seattle ... Read More »

Mayors announce support for global Green New Deal

Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, announced as the Chair-Elect of C40 Cities. C40 mayors, led by Mayor Garcetti and Mayor Hidalgo, announce support for a Global Green New Deal to “drive an urgent, fundamental and irreversible transfer of global resources away from fossil fuels and into action that averts the climate emergency.” Read More »

Emissions must halve by 2030: C40 on IPCC special report

London, 25 September 2019 – In response to the publication of the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC), Mayor of Paris & Chair of C40 Cities, Anne Hidalgo, said: “The IPCC report on Oceans and Ice published today makes for shocking reading. It is yet more evidence from the world’s top scientists that ... Read More »

Why we support Global Climate Strike: 4 Mayors C40 cities

20 September 2019 — Mayor of Paris & Chair of C40 Cities, Anne Hidalgo; Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio; Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, and Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen today released the following statement in support of the Global Climate Strikes called for September 20th. Why we support the Global Climate Strikes Read More »

5 major world cities to rid streets of fossil fuels by 2030

Amsterdam, Austin, Berlin, Jakarta and Liverpool are the latest pioneering cities committing to ensure a major area of the city is zero emission by 2030 and to procure only zero-emission buses from 2025. 34 cities worldwide are now committed to C40’s Green and Healthy Streets Declaration – benefitting a total population of 165.5 million Read More »

Oslo, Heidelberg Commit New Buildings “Net Zero Carbon” by 2030

Regulations and planning policy will also target existing buildings to make them net zero carbon by 2050 to ensure cities deliver on the highest goals of the Paris Agreement. Oslo and Heidelberg join 23 other cities committed to C40’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration London, UK (17 September 2019) — Today, The Governing Mayor of Oslo, Raymond Johansen, and Lord ... Read More »

16000 CCTV cameras on 6000 km of Dhaka’s roads planned

Dhaka, Sept 12 (UNB) – Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Thursday said Dhaka and other important cities will be brought under the ‘Safe City Project’ soon to make those free from crimes. “Some 14,000-16,000 modern and high-tech CCTV cameras will be installed along 6,000 kilometres of road in Dhaka to identify criminals with their photos from their national identity (NID) ... Read More »

Civil Society urges inclusive, resilient, sustainable cities

By Cristina Fan Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, Sep 9 2019 (IPS) – The United Nations held its first major international conference in one of America’s mountain states, bringing scores of civil society organizations (CSOs) to discuss ways on making “cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable by 2030.” The annual UN Civil Society Conference, which had been ... Read More »

Dhaka South Mayor off to Singapore to learn urban issues

Dhaka, Sept 9 (UNB) – Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokon left here for Singapore on Sunday night. The DSCC Mayor went to Singapore to gain knowledge ahead of launching ‘Communicable Disease Control and Research Department’ as part a five-year plan taken by the DSCC for controlling different communicable disease including Aedes mosquito, said DSCC public relations officer ... Read More »

Dhaka again ranks third least liveable city

Dhaka, Sept 5 (UNB) – Dhaka has ranked third worst liveable city in the Global Liveability Index 2019 while Vienna of Austria the finest liveable city in the world. The index placed war-torn Syrian capital Damascus and Lagos to the least liveable cities. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) publishes an annual Global Liveability Ranking, which ranks 140 cities of the ... Read More »

Dhaka North City earmarks Tk 490mn to control mosquitoes

Dhaka, Sep 5 (UNB) – The Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) has earmarked Tk 49.3 crore for mosquito extermination programmes in its proposed budget for the 2019-20 financial year. It was revealed when Mayor Atiqul Islam unveiled the city corporation’s budget at DNCC Nagar Bhaban in Gulshan on Thursday. This is the first time he has announced the budget after ... Read More »

100 Resilient Cities, a note from its president

In six years, 100 Resilient Cities has grown from an idea to a movement. Together, as a community of staff, CROs, and partners, we have shaped how the world understands the opportunities to build resilience. Since 2013, we have evolved from talking about definitions and job descriptions to sharing cutting-edge best practices. Read More »