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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 »

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 »

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 »

অগ্নিকান্ডে ক্ষতিগ্রস্ত বস্তিবাসীদের দ্রুত পুনর্বাসন করতে হবে -চরমোনাই পীর

ঝিলপাড়া বস্তিতে স্বার্থান্বেষী মহল দুরভিসন্ধিমূলকভাবে আগুন ধরিয়েছে কি না তা খতিয়ে দেখার আহবান জানিয়ে ইসলামী আন্দোলন বাংলাদেশের আমীর মুফতী সৈয়দ মুহাম্মাদ রেজাউল করীম পীর সাহেব চরমোনাই বলেন, সরকারি জমিতে ঘর বানিয়ে অবৈধভাবে বিদ্যুৎ, পানি ও গ্যাস সংযোগ দিয়ে যারা প্রতি মাসে কোটি কোটি টাকা মাসোহারা নিয়েছেন, তাদেরকে অবশ্যই আইনের আওতায় আনতে হবে। 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 »

Regulate water filter industry to avert water crises

Sudhirendar Sharma It seems a back-of-envelope estimation that a good samaritan has tossed up on social media to shock us out of slumber. Unbelievable though it may read, Ludhiana city dwellers have been credited for wasting some 15 million litres of water daily; Amritsar and Bhatinda account for 2.5 million litres; and Patiala some 2 million litres. It may seem ... Read More »

Preparing the foundations for climate-resilient cities

By Emmanuel Hitimana Kigali, Jul 15 2019 (IPS) – How do you plan a resilient city? A city that can withstand climate change impacts, and the natural disasters that it produces at increased frequencies. And how do you protect the city, its individuals and communities, its business and institutions from either the increased flooding or prolonged droughts that result? It’s ... Read More »

Rickshaws to ply on fixed lanes and by-lanes: Mayor Atiq

Dhaka, July 10 – Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam said QR code will be set up in registered legal rickshaws to identify illegal ones. He also announced that except on lanes for non-mechanical transport or by lanes, no rickshaw can ply on three main roads, where rickshaws have been banned. The mayor disclosed this while addressing a ... Read More »

How urban consumption drives global emissions

Strong action from mayors, business and citizens is driving down emissions created locally. But emissions from urban consumption of goods like food and clothing, along with materials used to construct urban buildings, are set to double without action. Emissions due to consumption in high-income cities must be reduced by two-thirds in the next decade to avert the climate crisis. Doing ... Read More »

পুনর্বাসন না করে হকার উচ্ছেদ চরম অমানবিক -আইএবি

ইসলামী আন্দোলন বাংলাদেশের নায়েবে আমীর মুফতী সৈয়দ মুহাম্মদ ফয়জুল করীম পীর শায়খে চরমোনাই বলেছেন, রাষ্ট্র, আইন এগুলো মানুষের কল্যাণের জন্য। যে আইন ও রাষ্ট্র মানুষকে মৃত্যুমুখে ঠেলে দেয়, মানুষকে বঞ্চিত করে তা আইন হতে পারে না। তিনি বলেন, হকাররাও মানুষ, তাদের ও তাদের পরিবারকে বাঁচতে দিতে হবে। পুনর্বাসন ছাড়া হাজার হাজার হকার উচ্ছেদ করে সরকার তাদের প্রতি অমানবিক আচরণ করেছে। ... Read More »

Paris, Milan, C’hagen laud London’s ultra-low emission zone

Mayor of Paris and Chair of C40 Cities, Anne Hidalgo. “Bravo Sadiq Khan, for implementing one of the largest and most comprehensive Low Emission Zones of any city in the world. The ULEZ will undoubtedly bring long-lasting benefits to London, improving public health, boosting local economies and protecting all Londoners and in particular children from the effects of toxic air ... Read More »

Gender and the Arab City

By Lina Abirafeh BEIRUT – One of the top priorities for the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda is to make cities “inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.” City leaders can take a simple step that would go long a way toward achieving this goal: putting the needs of women and girls at the centre of the urban planning process. Read More »

North and south face off over “Right to the City”

By Emilio Godoy Mexico City, (IPS) – The declaration that will be presented for approval at the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in October has again sparked conflict between the opposing positions taken by the industrial North and the developing South. The aim of the conference, to be held in Quito, Ecuador from ... Read More »

Construction climate talks for reducing carbon footprint in cities

The first four episodes in the Construction Climate Talks series have looked at issues such as sustainable development in the construction industry and the concept of green buildings. In the fifth film, released today, Carina Borgström-Hansson, Expert on Ecological Footprint, WWF, talks about how to reduce the carbon footprint while urbanization increases. See the episode on link: https://youtu.be/YXtz1ezm2-k Read More »