07 August 2020 - Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges of our times. Cities are being greatly affected, with more than half of the world's population living in urban areas, of which nearly a billion in slums.
7 August 2020 - Attendees will learn to produce maps and figures to support monitoring and reporting on land degradation, improvement, and urbanization for SDG indicators 15.3.1 and 11.3.1. Each part of the webinar series will feature a presentation, hands-on exercise, and time for the speaker to answer live questions.
5 August 2020 - Lincoln, Nebraska was one of the first cities to launch a color-coded “risk dial” to help residents understand local COVID-19 risks. Launched in May, the speedometer-like alert system points to green when the risk is low, yellow when it’s moderate, orange when it’s high, and red when it’s severe.
5 August 2020 - In a recent World Bank study, economists Somik Lall and Sameh Wahba argue that economic geography, not physical geography, determines the risk of contagion. This is a critical finding for African cities, which struggle with informal settlements, poor planning and infrastructure, and a lack of basic services like water supply.
28 July 2020 - The UN SG’s Policy Brief on COVID-19 in an Urban World estimates that urban areas are at the epicenter of the pandemic, accounting for an estimated 90 per cent of cases. However, urban density does not correlate with higher virus transmission. Overcrowding and urban areas with poor infrastructure and housing or weak local governance does.
July 28 2020 – Around 90 percent of all COVID-19 cases are found in urban areas according to the latest Policy Brief by the UN Secretary-General. The Policy Brief COVID-19 in an Urban World, outlines ideas for governments to address the pandemic, particularly in the areas of inequalities, building local capacities and ensuring a green, inclusive recovery.