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Daily news – February 4, 2022

AFRICA Strategies for financing Africa’s health sector. Vera Songwe, Brookings:  Never before in the last half century has Africa’s health care landscape seen so many changes and attracted so much interest. In fact, Africa’s health care sector would be worth an estimated $259 billion by 2030. While these trends reveal a lucrative opportunity for the private […]

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Leuven harnesses the power of “radical participation” (Sarah Wray, Cities Today)

Most cities now recognise the importance of partnerships and collaboration to tackle pressing societal issues and the climate crisis. But handshakes, good will and scattered agreements can only get you so far. The municipality of Leuven in Belgium is pioneering a new governance model of “radical participation,” aiming to accelerate and scale action through distributing […]

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Amsterdam introduces mandatory register for sensors (Sarah Wray, Cities Today)

Private companies, research institutions and government organisations in Amsterdam are now obliged to report sensors deployed in public spaces. The information is being displayed via an online map to give residents more insight into how, where and what data is collected from sources such as cameras, air quality and traffic sensors, Wi-Fi counters and smart billboards. The map […]

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Can Barcelona Create a New Kind of Tourist Economy? (Carlo Ratti, Project-Syndicate)

After hosting the Olympics in 1992, the Catalan capital became one of Europe’s most popular destinations, but the influx of tourists strained infrastructure and fueled resentment among residents. The COVID-19 pandemic has given the city a chance to try new initiatives that make visitors a part of the community. Can Barcelona Create a New Kind […]

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These are the world’s most expensive cities to live in (Al Jazeera)

Tel Aviv is the most expensive city in the world, according to an annual survey by the Economist magazine. The Israeli city takes the top spot from Paris, which dropped to a shared second place with Singapore. These are the world’s most expensive cities to live in | Business and Economy | Al Jazeera

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A conversation with Nicolas Gharbi, principal advisor on international affairs of Madrid (Zoe Swarzenski and Max Bouchet, Brookings)

On November 8, Tony Pipa, senior fellow of the Brookings Center for Sustainable Development, hosted Nicolas Gharbi, principal advisor on international affairs of the Madrid City Council, for a discussion of his experience as a city diplomat and the role that cities play in achieving global agendas. A conversation with Nicolas Gharbi, principal advisor on […]

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Infographic: The 100 most polluted cities in the world (Hanna Duggal, Al Jazeera)

Every year, a thick smog covers India’s capital New Delhi. Last week, it got so bad for the 20 million residents that authorities shut schools. New Delhi’s concentration of PM2.5 particles, which damage people’s lungs, is 34 times the World Health Organization’s (WHO) acceptable levels. The toxic haze is especially bad during the winter as farmers […]

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COP26 shows cities can lead on climate, but must strengthen their data and action plans (Mark Muro, David G. Victor, Colleen Dougherty, Adie Tomer, and Joseph W. Kane, Brookings)

As U.S. metropolitan leaders return to domestic realities after COP26, the United Nations climate summit, they face a glaring contradiction. COP26 shows cities can lead on climate, but must strengthen their data and action plans (brookings.edu)

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How Melbourne Rescheduled its Future (Carlo Ratti, Project-Syndicate)

Melbourne is not the most distinctive of Australia’s cities. It does not have Sydney’s sandy beaches or Brisbane’s rugged, “Crocodile Dundee” appeal. Lying on a flat plain, crossed by a meandering river, it is an urban agglomeration of some 10,000 square kilometers (3,681 square miles) – six times the size of London and 12 times […]

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Big cities aren’t dividing America. They hold the key to our collective future (Amy Liu and Alan Berube, Brookings)

Over the past several years, it’s become increasingly convenient to label cities and metro areas as “blue” and prosperous and rural areas as “red” and distressed. This dichotomy pits urban and rural communities on opposite sides of America’s economic, political, and cultural divides. Big cities aren’t dividing America. They hold the key to our collective […]

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Urban leaders, influencers, chart new path for world cities (UN News)

Mayors of Mexico City, Bogotá, New Orleans, Freetown, Gaziantep and Barcelona joined other urban leaders, designers, activists and thinkers from around the world on Wednesday, to chart a new path for cities. Urban leaders, influencers, chart new path for world cities | | UN News

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The geography of AI. Which cities will drive the artificial intelligence revolution? (Mark Muro and Sifan Liu, Brookings)

AI R&D and new firms are rising as shares of the U.S. total Share of AI-related projects in federal R&D expenditures at U.S. colleges and universities, and firms providing AI solutions as share of all tech companies Source: Brookings analysis of data from Crunchbase and Burning Glass data available via StanfordHAI 2021 AI Index Much […]