20/12/2019 - Child in the City World Conference
20/12/2019 - Ranking inner-city mobility in main European cities
20/12/2019 - E-mobility makes great strides in GreenCharge cities
19/12/2019 - REVOLUTION Conference 2020
19/12/2019 - Transport After Dark
19/12/2019 - Cities as Laboratories for a Global Green New Deal
18/12/2019 - Walk 21 Seoul Conference
18/12/2019 - To Fix City Slums, Don’t Just Knock Them Down
17/12/2019 - Urban Transitions - call for papers
17/12/2019 - City Mobility Summit
17/12/2019 - Why Car-Free Streets Will Soon Be the Norm
17/12/2019 - Next generation CityChangers wanted!
16/12/2019 - ECOMM 2020 - call for presentations
16/12/2019 - The Smart City is an Artwork
12/12/2019 - COP25 - Local governments lead climate change fight
12/12/2019 - ICF Global Summit 2020
12/12/2019 - Guidelines for an age-friendly and accessible city
12/12/2019 - Rethinking density to build cities of the future
11/12/2019 - 4th edition of the City Managers Days
11/12/2019 - Autonomy 2020 Partner Packages
11/12/2019 - Taking the long view on short trips
10/12/2019 - UCLG World Congress: Outcomes
10/12/2019 - MOVE2020: Mobility Re-Imagined
10/12/2019 - Innovative vehicle-to-grid trials in London
10/12/2019 - Cargo bikes: easy and green urban space transformers
9/12/2019 - REAL CORP 2020 - call for papers extended
9/12/2019 - CO2 Emissions Climb to an All-Time High in 2019
5/12/2019 - 2019 Biennial of Towns and Town Planners report
5/12/2019 - Invitation - INTA43 Congress 24/01/2020
5/12/2019 - How African cities can fight climate change
4/12/2019 - Rotterdam - The Netherlands To Host European EV Charging Summit 2020
3/12/2019 - Autonomy & the Urban Mobility Summit 2019 Aftermovie!
2/12/2019 - Smart and Sustainable Cities - Last chance to register
As governments around the world prepare for the 3rd edition of the Global Ministerial Conference, an annual event that revolves around a multi-stakeholder commitment to road safety, Polis is focusing its efforts on ensuring that the priorities and needs of cities are well represented. This year’s conference will take place in Stockholm on the 19-20 February 2020.
The 10th Child in the City World Conference
15-17 September 2020 Dublin, Ireland
The call for papers is now open!
A study carried out by Omio, a travel platform and app that allows users to book long-distance travel by train, bus or plane throughout the continent, has analysed the transport options chosen by users in Europe. The analysis was carried out at the main European destinations. Influencing factors include the distribution and prices of public transport tickets, such as tramways, buses, trains and the availability and prices of shared transport means, such as taxis, bicycles, e-scooters, and motorcycles.
The GreenCharge e-mobility project began in September 2018, with great progress made since then in the project’s three pilot cities.
In Oslo (Norway), photovoltaic solar panels and charging points were installed at flats belonging to the Røverkollen housing cooperative, providing access to cost-efficient and renewable charging facilities for inhabitants. Facilitating the expected growth in the number of electric vehicles (EVs) is a challenge for the housing cooperation.
The University of Thessaly, Department of Civil Engineering, Traffic, Transportation and Logistics Laboratory – TTLog, organizes the 5th Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility – CSUM2020 in Skiathos Island, Greece on 27 – 29 May 2020. The theme of this year’s Conference is:
“Advances in Mobility as a Service Systems”.
The main aim of the CSUM is the dissemination of knowledge and the exchange of good practices among researchers and practitioners in the domain of urban transportation.
Thousands of cleantech experts are joining forces to make mobility sustainable. Over the past three years, we gathered thought leaders, climate advocates, professionals, and students in Amsterdam to explore sustainable and profitable ways to create the future of mobility. A zero-emission world is not something we achieve alone. It’s something we have to—and will—achieve together.
Every morning millions of city dwellers wake up unaware of the legions of hard-working citizens that keep our cities moving, clean, safe, and maintained at night. For many of these workers that help make our cities hum while most of us are sleeping, their movement is far from seamless or easy.
It was only a year ago when the idea of a Green New Deal entered the American public sphere with a big splash. When a group of young activists, joined by an idealistic new crop of congresswomen, stormed the incoming house speaker’s office to demand nothing less than the wholesale transformation of unsustainable industrial systems into regenerative and equitable social and economic structures, few could have predicted just how rapidly and profoundly their action would shift the country’s political and moral ground.
The world organization United Cities and Local Governments keeps a strong commitment towards the connection between culture and sustainable development. The International Award UCLG – Mexico City – Culture 21, held on a biennial basis, is one of the best examples of this commitment.
Attracting over 1000 participants, this event is organized by Seoul Metropolitan Government and will embrace the different meaning of Walking: Reflecting the meaning of walking with Seoul mates (friends,lovers, colleagues, etc.), expresses the open meaning that Walking connects you with me. Other issues such as pedestrian policy, economic revitalization, environment,transportation, tech (smart walking), health, etc, will be debated. The target of this event is diverse: people from pedestrian cities around the world, pedestrian experts (policy, environment, health, ICT, etc.), citizens interested in walking. Partner institutions include Bloomberg, WRI (World Resource Institute), ITDP, UITP, UN Habitat, UN Environment, WHO, SLoCaT,ARUP, etc
Democrats rely heavily on urban voters for support, but the states that hold the first caucuses and primaries don't have really big cities. That tends to leave them off the campaign agenda.
With less than two months remaining before the Iowa presidential caucuses, a number of Democrats have been complaining that the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire are too white to be representative of the country as a whole.
They could just as easily complain that the states are too rural to reflect either the country or the party's own geographic base.
Many cities, particularly in the global South, have large areas of informal settlements ? poor neighborhoods that grew organically, but which often lack structurally sound buildings and services like running water, sanitation and waste management. The traditional approach to upgrading these informal settlements, which consists of razing and reconstructing without residents’ consent or participation, doesn’t work.
Urban Transitions 2020 aims to promote healthy urban development by bringing together different disciplines working within cities. Meet world leading experts on urban and transport planning, architecture, environmental exposure assessment, environmental epidemiology, physical activity, climate change, and public health and governance to discuss current challenges and solutions.
On May 20, 2020, Meeting of the Minds will convene 150 global thought leaders in Stratford, Ontario to share best practices, lessons learned, and key insights that are accelerating new mobility solutions and autonomous technology in cities.
Morning plenaries will discuss current mobility challenges, gaps and opportunities in the Ontario region, followed by global best practices to prepare for the electric, shared and autonomous revolution. Sessions will take a deep dive into key technology, policy, and financing tools for cities and emerging solutions from national and global examples. Morning plenaries will be followed by small group discussions over lunch with plenary speakers to continue the conversation and build partnerships.
In cities like New York, Paris, Rotterdam, and soon San Francisco, car-free streets are emerging amid a growing movement.
When asked what they like most about a city they have visited, almost no one answers: “The cars whizzing by on the streets.” Cultural attractions, the people we meet, walking through the city and gazing at plazas, buildings, and places—these are the things that make a city unique.
The Urban Future Global Conference, which gathers City Changers from across the world, is fast approaching!
Taking place this year in Lisbon there are 50 places available for young leaders.
The Young Leaders Programme is a combination of skills workshops with renowned experts, exclusive networking formats and inspiring activities to get your own ideas ahead – all in the midst of participating in Europe’s largest event on sustainable cities.
Organized by the Smart Grid Observer, the 4th Annual Smart Cities International Symposium & Exhibition, January 21-22, 2020 in Chicago brings together thought leaders and practitioners from around the world to explore the most recent technology advances, business models, and lessons learned to date in making the Smart City a reality. Expert speakers will examine the experiences of municipal governments who are pushing the envelope and moving toward actual implementation of the Smart City vision. The emphasis is on implementation strategy, case studies, best practices, and the development of compelling business models for transitioning to the 21st Century Smart City.
The Municipality of Cascais, together with EPOMM, proudly announces the opening of the Call for Presentations for the 23rd European Conference on Mobility Management – ECOMM 2020, which will take place in Cascais, Portugal, from the 3rd of June to the 5th of June 2020.
The deadline for submission is: Tuesday, 31 December 2019
This year has brought a number of unique weather events to the UK: the highest temperature ever recorded, unprecedented flooding, and the prospect of a sub-zero general election. And while we might struggle to lay the blame for hiking to the polling station in crampons at the feet of climate change, our sweltering summers and increasingly unpredictable seasons are the result of greenhouse gases generated by human activity.
The historical and cultural heritage of cities can be saved by means of digital technologies, tools and applications and has become one of the most important parts of «Smart City» conceptions achieving prosperity, effectiveness and competitiveness not only on economical level but on socio-cultural level as well.
Never have so many voices risen up calling for action on climate change. Yet, many of the world’s most-polluting countries are failing to act. This means it is more important than ever for European local and regional governments to lead the way, proving that we can build decarbonised societies which are also economically competitive and socially just.
The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) studies and promotes the best practices of the world’s Intelligent Communities as they adapt to the demands and seize the opportunities presented by information and communications technology. To help communities build prosperous economies, solve social problems and enrich local cultures, ICF conducts research, hosts events, publishes and produces a high-profile international awards program. Over the last 20 years, ICF has become an international movement that attracts the attention of global leaders, thinkers and media observers.
How can cities make sure to design inclusive urban plans that include all its citizens, especially people with special needs such as elderly people and persons with disability ?
City experts from EUROCITIES working group ‘Urban ageing’ (Social Affairs Forum) and ‘Barrier free cities’ (Mobility Forum), have gathered to identify challenges and success factors of inclusion policies from the city of Ljubljana that could potentially be replicated in other cities. The silver medal winner of Accessible Cities Award - Ljubljana has been developing innovative accessibility practices for the urban built environment in areas such as housing, transportation and access to services.
Ready or not, cities across the globe are about to enter a realm of rapid disruption brought about by a wave of transformational technological progress.
The new informational, transactional, and operational technologies – popularly termed “Industry 4.0” – are likely to change the shape of cities, and may well require a rethinking of how we define “density.”
On the 4th edition of the City Managers Days, Metropolis members and experts agreed that metropolitan areas should address at present the challenges that the digital revolution poses.
Managers and directors of data and digitalization areas of local and metropolitan governments from around the globe met in Barcelona this November to debate on the fast digitalization process of metropolitan spaces during the 4th edition of City Managers Days, organized by Metropolis with the support of Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (AMB).
In search of a large-scale, international urban mobility event where you can exhibit, speak in conferences and effectively communicate your message to an enormous audience of business professionals and policymakers?
Look no further, because Autonomy 2020 has it all.
Become a partner of this 5th edition to be held 4-5 November in Paris and join our community of over 8000 professional attendees, 200 exhibitors, policymakers from 70 international cities and over 200 journalists. Reserve your package before 31 December 2019 and benefit from the Super Early Bird offer.
If you happen to live in one of the cities where companies are testing self-driving cars, you’ve probably noticed that your new robot overlords can be occasional nervous drivers. In Arizona, where SUVs operated by Waymo are sometimes ferrying passengers without anyone behind the steering wheel, drivers have complained about the robot cars’ too-timid left turns and slow merges on the highway. Data compiled by the state of California suggests that the most common self-driving fender benders are rear-end crashes, in part because human drivers don’t expect autonomous cars to follow road rules and come to complete, non-rolling stops at stop signs.
Check out our new Discussion Paper on Shared Micromobility, just released!
Shared micromobility became a hot topic for many cities when the ‘invasion’ of e-scooters and e-bikes triggered a public outcry demanding action from officials. Several cities and regions have been dealing with this challenge, and there is much to learn from their experiences – including from cities who decided not to allow these services to operate in their streets.
From 11 to 15 November, in Durban, South Africa, UCLG has held its World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders, one of the largest and most influential meetings of mayors, councilors, local and regional governments and associations worldwide.
The event has brought together approximately 2,000 local elected leaders and professionals representing towns, cities, metropolises and regions, civil society, citizens and experts from the international business world and academia with the aim of establishing links and developing policies that transform society and the way in which the local governance works for and by the people.
MOVE2020 is a mobility event where disruptive technology and innovation drive much-needed change. MOVE brings together disruptors, their technology and their attitude with stakeholders across all modes and disciplines: to dialogue, to create insight and to promote collaboration. MOVE is the global stage for start-ups engineering the future, connecting them to the world’s most influential companies, investors and media.
In order to tackle air pollution in the city, the Mayor of London is working to increase the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs). However, as a result of an anticipated increase in the amount of EV charging, it is likely that London will experience an increase in the demand for electricity during peak times. Therefore, the Mayor of London has launched a number of projects to support flexible EV charging in the city in order to reduce the pressure on the electricity grid.
No matter what, people always need either to move somewhere or to carry stuff with them. This is the logistic challenge of our cities and neighbourhoods.
This perception persists when organising open-air activities, festivals or street events. Whether you are a private company or a municipality, it is thought that you can’t avoid using a car to transport tools and material.
We would like to gently remind you that the Call for Papers Deadline for the upcoming REAL CORP 2020 conference is approaching. Due to numerous requests for a deadline extension, abstract submission remains open until
22 December 2019.
The UCLG World Summit will take place, for the second time, in the Korean Peninsula. The City of Daejeon has been chosen as the ideal location for our 7th World Congress, set to take place in 2022.
Our World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders has evolved from a gathering of mayors, councillors, and partners to a complete policymaking experience that provides an opportunity for the full constituency, partners and members of the civil society to be a part of the future of the municipal movement.
Alison Partridge, Lead Expert of the TechRevolution transfer network, has been an advocate for cities to ‘adapt or die’ for many years: “cities of all sizes need to better understand the opportunities offered by digital and tech and jump on them to grow higher value jobs and start-ups for local people”. Indeed, at all levels of society and of governance, services and products are going digital: online availability, digital tools for access, compiling and using data to proceed to meta-analysis.
Global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels are on track to again climb to a record high in 2019, according to a new report from the Global Carbon Project, putting the world at risk of catastrophic climate change due to these heat-trapping gases. This is further evidence that the plateau in emissions growth between 2014 and 2016 was short-lived: emissions from fossil fuels grew 1.5% in 2017, 2.1% in 2018 and are projected to grow another 0.6% in 2019. This growth is at odds with the deep cuts urgently needed to respond to the climate emergency.
The 13th Biennial of the European Towns and Town Planners convened by the ECTP – CEU. Hosted by the City of Plymouth and the University of Plymouth from 10 – 13 September 2019, the theme of the conference was ‘Planning on the Edge’. The threeday event was attended by about 160 academics and practitioners from across the whole of Europe and included 41 papers and three walking tours exploring aspects of regeneration in Plymouth.
This conference proceedings provides a summary of each of the papers presented at the conference as a record of the event
http://www.ectp-ceu.eu/images/stories/PDF-Events/Biennial2019/ECTP Biennial 2019 Conference Proceedings report.pdf
Due to unfortunate circumstances in France INTA43 congress has been postponed to January 24th, 2020.
This event will focus on the transformation of the role of urban actors under the pressure of demographic, social, environmental or technical transitions. INTA43 provides insight into the urban development tools that are needed to deal with these transitions.
This year saw a wave of backlash against cashless retail, but what about when cities like Washington, D.C., want to move toward all-digital payments?
I hardly notice the quick succession of beeps anymore as my fellow commuters board the D.C. Metrobus, paying with a tap of their SmarTrip fare cards. But every now and then, I hear the clanking of coins being dropped into the fare-box, or I look up to see someone inserting a wrinkled bill into the slot, only for the box to spit it out.
Africa is expected to be hit by some of the worst effects of climate change. But what can African cities do to fight, and if necessary adapt to, this challenge? Frédéric Vallier and Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, the secretaries general of CEMR and UCLG Africa respectively, discuss this and more in an interview with Pan African Visions.
Whether you were unable to attend the worlds largest event dedicted to urban mobility or you simply want to relive the magic, check out the Autonomy & The Urban Mobility Summit 2019 Aftermovie now! Plus, don't forget to mark your calendars for next year's edition to be held in Paris on 4 - 5 November 2020!
Take part in the 7th international and interdisciplinary Efus Conference!
Urban security Stakeholders: elected officials, civil servants, magistrates, security professionals, social workers, researchers, civil society representatives will meet on 25, 26, 27 November 2020 in Nice.
EVs produce more CO2 than say diesel – it’s just they emit via the power plant not the exhaust pipe
Germany’s automobile industry is its most important industrial sector. But it is in crisis, and not only because it is experiencing the effects of a recession brought on by Volkswagen’s cheating on emissions standards, which sent consumers elsewhere. The sector is also facing the existential threat of exceedingly strict European Union emissions requirements, which are only seemingly grounded in environmental policy.
The winners of this year’s Digital Cities Survey from the Center for Digital Government are those making smart investments in technologies from infrastructure and citizen engagement to data storage and cybersecurity.
This is a reminder and a last call for registrations for the international conference Smart and Sustainable Cities: the Role of Governance and Innovation Policy. The conference is organized by the UNECE Innovative Policies Development Section and will take place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Room XII, on 5 December 2019.
INTERGEO, the world‘s leading trade fair for geodesy, geoinformation and land management, celebrated its 25th anniversary and attracted visitors from all over the world to come up with solutions for important future issues.
Together with the CONFERENCE and its theme platforms INTERAERIAL SOLUTIONS, SMART CITY SOLUTIONS, GEOCAREER and CAMPUS GEOINNOVATION, INTERGEO drew in 20,000 visitors from over 100 countries to the exhibition halls in Stuttgart.
This year, 705 exhibitors showcased their solutions surrounding geodesy, geo-IT, geoinformatics, building information modelling (BIM), drones and smart cities.
The last-mile delivery is expensive and difficult. It’s also high stakes, a failed delivery attempt is enough to damage the customer’s perception of the entire shopping journey.
In an attempt to ease these pain points, technology companies, retailers and logistics businesses have been piloting autonomous delivery robots to transport packages to shoppers’ doors.
At the closing plenary of the Polis Conference 2019, cities and regions expressed their support for “The New Paradigm for Safe City Streets”, a city-led declaration developed by Polis and EUROCITIES.
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