16/11/2018 - Apply by November 21st to be the next #WellbeingCity
16/11/2018 - 15th International Conference on Urban Health
16/11/2018 - How Does Bike-Sharing Really Impact Cities?
16/11/2018 - Making places where everyone can belong

15/11/2018 - Join the Transport Day 2018 at the COP24 in Katowice, Poland
15/11/2018 - Cities for Rights International Conference
15/11/2018 - Trees Play a Key Role in a Sustainable Urban Future
15/11/2018 - Cities Trade Sea Walls for Parks

14/11/2018 - NEMO, the new mobility design conference in Brussels
14/11/2018 - (Re)New Europe - 8th European Summit of Regions and Cities
14/11/2018 - The Future of Transport Is the Future of Cities
14/11/2018 - When Millennials Battle Boomers Over Housing

13/11/2018 - Europe of the Metropolises
13/11/2018 - Cities at the EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum
13/11/2018 - New World Health Organisation report: Air pollution and child health
13/11/2018 - Divisive Plan For a Cable Car in Jerusalem

9/11/2018 - Urban 20: Cities at the center of local solutions to global development challenges
9/11/2018 - 28th Breakfast at Sustainability's
9/11/2018 - 3rd Integrating Cities Report
9/11/2018 - Hunger stalks Asia's booming cities

8/11/2018 - Water and City - Activities City to City Barcelona FAD Award 2018
8/11/2018 - Energy Cities’ Annual conference
8/11/2018 - The 5 Biggest Challenges Cities Will Face in the Future
8/11/2018 - Madrid cuts speed limit and announces new rules on roads

7/11/2018 - Velo-city 2019
7/11/2018 - 39th Euroheat & Power Congress
7/11/2018 - The Irresistible Urge to Build Cities From Scratch
7/11/2018 - Can cities outsmart the robots?

6/11/2018 - CEDR “Climate Change Summit”, November 19-20
6/11/2018 - Venice City Solutions 2018 - Financing the SDGs at local level
6/11/2018 - Innovations in Urban Water Reuse
6/11/2018 - This is what a smart city should do for its people

5/11/2018 - Resilient Cities congress 2019
5/11/2018 - ERTICO partners with Future Mobility Conference
5/11/2018 - Empty Stores Are Killing New York City. Is This the Fix?
5/11/2018 - SUMP challenges faced by small- and medium-sized cities

1/11/2018 - Host Efus’ next “Security, Democracy and Cities” conference
1/11/2018 - Protecting Urban Spaces at International Security Expo
1/11/2018 - Nine Cities With Smart Ideas to Improve Transportation
1/11/2018 - Roads Can Be Greener With Driverless Vehicles



Apply by November 21st to be the next #WellbeingCity

We believe humans should be at the heart of our thinking on the future of cities. By focusing on wellbeing, urban planners and leaders can build comprehensive and inclusive policies that improve life for urbanites. Those cities that have committed to promoting wellbeing deserve to be recognized and rewarded — and we must highlight them in order to inspire others.This Award was developed to recognize cities that place their citizens’ wellbeing at the center of urban policy.


15th International Conference on Urban Health

Programme information is now available for the 15th International Conference on Urban Health (26-30 November 2018, Kampala, Uganda).

Register to participate in this major international conference which comprises more than 25 plenary speakers who will lead discussion on the critical topics that must be addressed to maximise the positive impact of urbanisation and promote healthy cities, together with high-level panel sessions, contributed talks and posters.


How Does Bike-Sharing Really Impact Cities?

When high-tech bicycle rental scheme Mobike dropped hundreds of its distinctive orange and silver bikes across the northern British city of Manchester, it promised a cheap, flexible and low-carbon way to travel.

In September, the firm announced it was pulling out of the city, citing significant bike losses due to theft and vandalism and following complaints of anti-social use and street clutter.

It was just the latest growing pains of dockless bike and scooter schemes which have exploded across many world cities.


Making places where everyone can belong

Urban citizenship is not a new idea. Its root run deep in European history, when city states once held primacy. Only with the rise of nationhood did it fade from prominence but, in our new reality where global connectivity and mobility clash with exclusionary nativism, cities have been able to suggest strategies which satisfy both the moral and legal obligation to protect human rights, and address concerns about the impact of migration on communities.


Join the Transport Day 2018 at the COP24 in Katowice, Poland

In the framework of the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the European Commission’s CIVITAS Initiative and the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) on behalf of the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC) are jointly organizing the Transport Day 2018 “Urban mobility solutions to tackle climate change” that will take place on Thursday, 6 December 2018 in Katowice, Poland. The event is hosted and supported by the City of Katowice.


Cities for Rights International Conference

Human mobility, recognized as a right in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 70 years ago, is seriously threatened by criminal and discriminatory migration policies. The so-called ”refugee crisis” in Europe has led States to justify and to escalate a series of anti-rights practices, such as border control externalization and increasingly restrictive security and asylum policies.  In the United States, Trump’s coming to power has led to the imposition of arbitrary and discriminatory home country vetoes, and has jeopardized the position of thousands of “dreamers” – young migrants living under the permanent threat of deportation. In this context, cities have become fundamental actors of resistance to migration policies and a new global player of essential importance in ensuring social cohesion in an increasingly hostile environment.


Trees Play a Key Role in a Sustainable Urban Future

Though trees aren’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about city living, urban forests are integral to ensuring and enhancing the quality of life in densely populated areas. Trees and green spaces provide a range of environmental and social benefits that can address some of the most persistent issues facing our cities today, from health and well-being, to social and economic indicators and equity, to resilience and climate change. Indeed, with more than two-thirds of the world’s population projected to be living in urban environments by 2050, the future of urban forestry and the future of the very livability of our cities are inextricably intertwined. What’s more, innovative projects and organizations in cities across the country can show the way to other communities looking to harness the power of trees for a more sustainable future.


Cities Trade Sea Walls for Parks

To protect itself from a devastating flood, Boston was considering building a massive sea wall, cutting north to south through nearly 4 miles of Boston Harbor, taking $11 billion and at least 30 years to build. But a new plan unveiled in October represents a 180-degree turn: Instead of fighting to keep the water out, the city is letting it come in.

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, a Democrat, announced the city would be scrapping the idea of a sea wall in favor of, among other things, a system of waterfront parks and elevation of some flood-prone areas. The city will add 67 new acres of green space along the water and restore 122 tidal acres.


NEMO, the new mobility design conference in Brussels

The conference  brings together the creative community with the mobility industry and policy makers in order to discuss the future of mobility and infrastructure in cities and regions.

Among the key topics that will be discussed are the role of design and urban planning to create user and environmentally friendly mobility solutions that could meet technical criteria, the urban culture as well as new lifestyles emerging in our cities. The conference will also explore the role played by designers and architects in this process.

The conference will showcases solutions and best practice examples to combine different approaches to mobility and planning.


(Re)New Europe - 8th European Summit of Regions and Cities

The 8th European Summit of Regions and Cities, to be held in Bucharest, will gather EU, national, local and regional leaders from across Europe to discuss the future of the European Union and how to involve the citizens more effectively in the European project through local and regional authorities.

The summit will be co-organised by the European Committee of the Regions, the Romanian presidency of the Council of the European Union, and the Association of Municipalities of Romania. During the event, a declaration by local and regional leaders on the future of Europe will adopted in order to share their voice ahead of the European elections and the next term of office of the EU institutions.


The Future of Transport Is the Future of Cities

Migration from rural to urban areas is causing catastrophic pollution levels. That points to a bigger role for train networks.

The biggest problem facing the world’s transport planners and visionaries isn’t how to develop the most amazing new transport technologies — it’s how to fit our planet’s fast-growing population into the tight confines of its ever-growing megacities.


When Millennials Battle Boomers Over Housing

The Baby Boomer/Millennial housing mismatch is well known: As Boomers age, an upcoming glut of suburban and exurban homes will stand empty and unwanted, leaving both generations at a loss. Downsizing empty-nesters won’t find buyers, because Millennials want smaller homes or condos in or nearer to the city, not big four-bedroom Colonials with yards. And younger adults won’t be able to afford such single-family abodes because urban housing has become too pricey.  


Europe of the Metropolises

Last October 25 and 26,  Rome hosted  the  European  Metropolitan  Authorities  (EMA)  forum,  an  initiative  led  by  the  Barcelona  Metropolitan  Area.  On its fourth edition, the yearly conference has consolidated itself as the space of reference for the metropolises of the region to share experiences, foster joint projects and position themselves towards the European Union and national states. This year, the debates revolved around new metropolitan challenges regarding the environment, sustainable mobility and the global economy and social policies.


Cities at the EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum

The EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum met in Stuttgart on 23-24 October 2018 to focus on the theme of 'Together for Socially Sustainable Cities: Anchoring the Sustainable Development Goals to achieve Social Rights for All'.

Over 120 representatives from 40 cities agreed to make cities socially sustainable for the future to deliver social rights for all people by linking the European Pillar of Social Rights, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Urban Agenda for the EU.

Stuttgart shared its experience as the first German city to implement the SDGs at local level and to assess how well it performs on sustainability. This was to inspire other cities to put SDGs at the core of their city’s strategy for development.


New World Health Organisation report: Air pollution and child health

The harmful effects of air pollution are widely acknowledged as they have detrimental consequences on an individual's health. Today a new World Health Organisation report denounces that every day around 93% of the world’s children under the age of 15 years (1.8 billion children) breathe air that is so polluted it puts their health and development at serious risk.


Divisive Plan For a Cable Car in Jerusalem

Jerusalem’s ancient Old City is known for its narrow and slippery old stone roads that lead to awe inspiring historic and religious sites. It’s also known for headache-inducing traffic as eager tourists and buses crowd the holy places for pictures and prayer.

Consequently, the Israeli government is pushing a plan forward that would reduce foot and bus traffic by building a cable car to transport tourists and pilgrims between some of the most congested areas starting in 2021. But it’s eliciting strong opposition from architects, preservation experts, and tour guides who oppose the scheme’s visual impact, and Palestinian residents who say they’ve been entirely marginalized in the process.


Urban 20: Cities at the center of local solutions to global development challenges

With the world becoming more urban than ever before, cities are at the core of the global development agenda. They play such a pivotal role in addressing global challenges and improving citizen’s lives that the battle against poverty and climate change to build inclusive, resilient, and sustainable communities will be won or lost in cities.

Yet, it is nations that have led the discussions around solutions for a rapidly urbanizing world, leaving the voices of cities to a secondary role. There is an urgent need to bring cities’ leadership, knowledge, and expertise to the center of global conversations on sustainable urban development.  

To highlight and share effective solutions to some of the most pressing challenges of our time, over 30 mayors from around the world will gather at the First Urban 20 Mayors Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 29-30, 2018. Together, they will provide concrete, experience-based recommendations to the leaders of the G20 countries on what it takes to achieve urban sustainability, inclusion, and prosperity.


28th Breakfast at Sustainability's

The CIVITAS SUMPs-Up project is hosting a breakfast event as part of the EU's Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning Guidelines revision process. This also forms part of ICLEI's long-running Breakfast at Sustainability's (B@S) series.

For local, national and European level officials working on SUMPs, this represents a prime opportunity to make crucial contributions to improving the next generation of SUMP Guidelines.


3rd Integrating Cities Report

The sudden high arrivals of migrants and refugees in Europe in 2015 saw cities directly confronted with the challenge of reception and quick integration, in the context of a difficult political debate and lack of funding.

City authorities found themselves on the frontline of the refugee situation, and had to quickly adapt to strengthen their reception, social cohesion and integration policies.  To cope with this challenge, cities introduced innovative, practical and effective initiatives. The refugee situation affected and reshaped local integration policies, leading cities to focus on solutions for the early integration of refugees and asylum seekers.


Hunger stalks Asia's booming cities

Rapid urbanisation is a key factor in both, the rising levels of malnutrition and obesity, in Asia and the Pacific

Hundreds of millions of children and adults in Asia's rapidly expanding cities are undernourished, and will remain so without "inclusive, sustainable and nutrition-sensitive" urban planning, United Nations officials said on Friday.

The Asia-Pacific region has the world's highest rate of urbanisation, while also being home to more than half the world's 821 million undernourished people, four U.N. agencies said in a report released in Bangkok.


Water and City - Activities City to City Barcelona FAD Award 2018

Finding solutions to the great challenges posed by urban life is today a fundamental task for our future. For this reason, since 2008, the City to City Barcelona FAD Award aims to identify, connect and recognize initiatives from around the world that contribute to improving life in cities.

In 2018, the prize celebrates its seventh edition focusing on a fundamental binomial: «Water and city». Coming from around the world, on the 20th and 21st of November we will welcome winners of this edition of the prize among us and We will get to know the projects in depth from the perspective of those in charge of them.


Energy Cities’ Annual conference

Energy Cities’ next annual conference will take place in Heidelberg from 22 to 24 May 2019, back to back with the International Conference on Climate Action (ICCA 2019). The host city is one of Germany’s leading cities on the Energytransition and climate action, with the objective of reducing 95% GHG by 2050. Moreover it is well-known for developing Bahnstadt, one of Europe’s largest passive neighbourhoods. Heidelberg signed the Covenant of Mayors in 2008, and is a committed member of Energy Cities for over 20 years, holding the Presidency of its Board of Directors since 2005.


The 5 Biggest Challenges Cities Will Face in the Future

The UN estimates that 55% of the global population lives in urban areas – a figure that is projected to rise to 68% by 2050. With few exceptions, cities are expected to become bigger and more numerous.

As urbanization speeds up, particularly in Asian and African countries, here are five of the biggest challenges confronting the future of cities:


Madrid cuts speed limit and announces new rules on roads

Last week the new Sustainable Mobility Ordinance came into force in the City of Madrid, promoted by the City Council. The measure aims to regulate new forms of urban and shared mobility for the first time, simultaneously promoting public transport use and the safety of pedestrians and people with reduced mobility.

Among the most relevant measures implemented single lane streets are now limited to 30 kilometres per hour, bicycles can now turn right with the red light when expressly indicated, and electric scooters can no longer travel on pavements and must do so on designated bike lanes or streets limited to 30 kilometres per hour.


Velo-city 2019

European Cyclists’ Federation’s Velo-city series of conferences is widely considered as the global cycling summit, offering a great opportunity for sharing the experience, knowledge and expertise about the promotion of cycling worldwide. The conferences are designed to encourage cycling as part of daily transport and recreation. Velo-city has been hosted by cities such as Copenhagen, Brussels, Barcelona, Montreal, Nantes and Taipei. In 2019, delegates from across the globe will be welcomed to Dublin for a memorable 4 day congress.


39th Euroheat & Power Congress

The Euroheat & Power Congress focuses on topics related to District Energy. The congress provides a unique forum for discussing and enhancing knowledge on major issues of importance for European and Global District Energy sectors, including both technical and business approaches; from new developments in legislation, latest operational experiences, most recent technological developments, and fresh research results.

Our industry is moving forward and continuing to grow into 2019 and beyond. #19EHPcong is where the industry comes together to plan for the future and keep this success story going. Join hundreds of other District Energy leaders and likeminded professionals at the best DHC event in Europe.


The Irresistible Urge to Build Cities From Scratch

Embedded in the cerebral folds of every city planner who’s ever lived, there’s a cluster of neurons that lights up like Las Vegas when confronted with the possibility of a blank slate. It started with Hippodamus, the man Aristotle claimed was the father of urban planning. When the Persians destroyed his hometown of Miletus, Hippodamus discovered a bright side to catastrophe: The attackers had erased all the regrettable improvisations that, over the centuries, had made a mess of the place. Tasked with rebuilding, he seized his chance to impose order upon chaos. And so the concept of the urban grid was born.


Can cities outsmart the robots?

As the robot industry develops and debates on the ‘rise of the robots’ increase at a global level, Centre for Cities explores how automation and artificial intelligence could transform UK cities. Their research shows that some cities will be more vulnerable than others and that, without concerted action, socio-economic divides across the country are likely to widen. Stressing the need to understand the deeper meaning of these changes, the authors explore how the skill system adapts  to respond to these changes.


CEDR “Climate Change Summit”, November 19-20

The Final Conference of CEDR “Call 2015 Climate Change: From Desk to Road” will take place on November 19-20 at the LEF Future Center in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

The conference – the CEDR “Climate Change Summit” – will present the results of three research projects funded under this programme and review the implementation of all climate change research that CEDR has funded over the past ten years.


Venice City Solutions 2018 - Financing the SDGs at local level

Cities cannot be an opportunity for all in the absence of able, capable and accountable local governments. Local and regional governments all over the world are already committed to implement the SDGs at local level and their global networks have been very present in the design and first stages of implementation of the Agenda 2030.

This first edition of the Venice City Solutions wants to explore how to make SDGs a reality for all from the local level. The event wants to bring a multi-level contribution on existing solutions and challenges to finance the SDGs at local level.


Innovations in Urban Water Reuse

Drought, climate change, and overdraft – oh my!

Communities are increasingly turning to water reuse as a tool to bolster water supply reliability in the face of numerous uncertainties. Droughts result in curtailments of surface water allocations that serve as drinking water lifelines to many cities. Just look at this year’s “day zero” warnings from Cape Town, or when California’s governor made a 2015 executive order requiring a 25 percent water use reduction by cities and towns.


This is what a smart city should do for its people

We are living through interesting times. As Dickens might put it, it is perhaps the best of times for tech companies. The digital revolution is mind-blowing. But for most people, it could be the worst of times, given the global crises and challenges facing humanity.

One thing is certain: we live in a world of cities, and our planet is increasingly urban. By 2050, more than 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. Cities are the new engines of growth in the global economy, responsible for 80% of global GDP.


Resilient Cities congress 2019

Resilient Cities - The Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation - is the global platform for urban resilience and climate change adaptation, hosted every year in Bonn.

In 2010 ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the World Mayors Council on Climate Change and the City of Bonn, Germany launched Resilient Cities, the first World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change (in 2012 renamed as Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation). More than 500 participants and beyond 30 partners each year helped make Resilient Cities a milestone event connecting local government leaders and climate adaptation experts to discuss adaptation challenges facing urban environments around the globe.


ERTICO partners with Future Mobility Conference

ERTICO is delighted to announce its partnership with the 4th International Conference on Future Mobility which will be held on 7 – 8 November 2018 at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Global automotive, mobility and transportation experts will be gathering at the event to discuss and debate the future of transportation in smart cities, new developments in connected and autonomous driving, and the growth of electric mobility.

The conference is hosted by the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) in co-operation with the Department of Transport (DoT) Abu Dhabi.


Empty Stores Are Killing New York City. Is This the Fix?

The story of New York City in 2018 is a story of empty storefronts: Nearly every week, another longtime shop or eatery announces that they are closing, after years—if not decades—in business. (Latest addition: The much-loved 35-year-old Tex-Mex joint Tortilla Flats, in the West Village.) In my neighborhood of Astoria, Queens, it’s Steinway Street, a retail strip that’s now undergoing pedestrian-focused improvements to lure back visitors, because there are too many vacancies. And when new tenants do move in, their name is often Starbucks. Or Wells Fargo.


SUMP challenges faced by small- and medium-sized cities

All towns and cities developing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) deal with difficulties. Yet their nature differs: the challenges faced by small- and medium-sized cities are not the same as their larger counterparts.

A new podcast sheds from the CIVITAS SUMPs-Up project sheds light on the SUMP situations in a series of such locations from across Europe.

Mobility practitioners from Hengelo (the Netherlands), Sligo County (Republic of Ireland), Ghimbav (Romania), Vercelli (Italy), and Greek islands discuss the realities they encounter and give insight into the unique hurdles that they have to overcome.


Host Efus’ next “Security, Democracy and Cities” conference

The success of Efus’ last “Security, Democracy and Cities” conference hosted in November 2017 by the city of Barcelona and the government of Catalonia, as well as the wish expressed by numerous participants to see it held more often, has led us to choose the autumn of 2020 as the date for our next international conference. Efus is therefore calling member cities and regions to express without delay their interest in being the venue for this major event.


Protecting Urban Spaces at International Security Expo

International Security Expo, formerly UK Security Expo is taking place at Olympia London, 28-29 November, presents to you the Protecting Urban Spaces Demonstrator (PUSD). A unique, purpose-built feature, designed exclusively for International Security Expo.

Visitors will see how technologies work through integrated demonstrations and scenarios carried out by Crisis Cast, a team of actors who will simulate various scenarios as they guide visitors through the immersive experience whilst providing explanations of the design features and subsequent challenges involved in protecting an urban space.

Visitors will be able to see to protect an urban area from a marauding gun-man attack or suicide bomber?

How to prevent a vehicle from being used as a weapon of mass destruction, or identify a terrorist conducting a reconnaissance prior to an attack?

Through the demonstrator you will see effective protective security in an environment that is appealing and attractive to live and work in.


Nine Cities With Smart Ideas to Improve Transportation

Transportation systems don’t just move people around—they can also be catalysts for moving cities forward. But too often, between state-level inertia (see: New York’s inability to cope with New York City’s subway crisis) and the lack of serious federal investment in infrastructure and public transportation efforts, U.S. cities face gridlock when it comes to transportation reform.

Hope tends to come from smaller-scale initiatives: In cities across the country, local politicians, transit advocates, and commute-weary citizens are responding to the need for more sustainable, equitable, street-level transit solutions, delivering on promises to make daily commutes more multimodal and connect more workers to jobs. In the year of dockless scooters and city-led climate summits, new tech is spreading rapidly, while electric vehiclesare ever more widely adopted.


Roads Can Be Greener With Driverless Vehicles

Urban design experts at the University of Minnesota are redrawing what city blocks could look like in a world of driverless vehicles.

Roads of the future will likely be narrower, greener and easier to share with pedestrians once autonomous vehicles evolve from the drawing boards and testing roads of automakers and tech firms to widespread use on city streets.





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