Prague ranked as most sustainable city in Central and Eastern Europe
According to the Sustainable Cities Index published by international consultancy company Arcadis, Prague ranks as the most sustainable city in Central and Eastern Europe, and 23rd worldwide. London, Stockholm, Edinburgh, Singapore and Vienna make up the top five, while Warsaw (54th) and Budapest (57th) are also among the 100 most sustainable cities in the world.
“Why is one city more sustainable than another? Is it because of physical attributes such as safe, resilient location or as a result of far-sighted investment in green space? It is the result of long period of investment in health, education and transport infrastructure, or the impact of more recent actions taken to mitigate the impacts of unfettered growth?”
The index, designed to answer those questions, takes into account a broad array of criteria, including social, environmental and economic health of cities. Although Prague fares well in the People (social sustainability, quality of life, health, crime levels, broadband accessibility, etc.) and Profit sub-indexes (economic sustainability, tourism, employment, etc.), where it ranks at the 6th and 12th place respectively, it fails to meet many of the environmental criteria (68th rank worldwide).
Interviewed by Radio Prague, Arcadis head of marketing Jan Jurcicek points out that “the biggest issue is transportation in general, extending the infrastructure, such as the Prague ring road and interconnection of the transportation with public transportation system, where Prague has scored fifth in the world in our recent mobility index”.
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Budapest bid to host 2019 World Urban Games
Quoting local media, Daily News Hungary reported that the Hungarian government declared its support for Budapest’s bid to host the 2019 World Urban Games, and earmarked nearly 3 billion forints for the initiative. The selection process was launched last spring by the Global Association of International Sports Federation (GAISF).
This will be the first edition of the World Urban Games, identified as a “downtown, five-day celebration featuring a new-generation of sports and a showcase for the skill, style and power of the most successful and inspirational urban athletes, riders and break-dancers on the planet”. They should include over a dozen Olympic and non-Olympic sports and be complemented by a “festival of youth-focused music, art and culture that will give the Games a unique inclusive and festive atmosphere”.
Although the final program hasn’t been finalized yet, the Games should include disciplines such as 3×3 Basketball, BMX Freestyle Cycling, Boulder Sports, Breakdance, Climbing, Freestyle Flying Disc, Inline Freestyle, Parkour, Roller Freestyle, Skateboard and Sprint Orienteering, according to the GAISF website.
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Upcoming Warsaw independence march shows divided nation
On November 11, Poland will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of its independence, a date for all Poles to unite and put differences aside. Ideally.
The ongoing controversy surrounding the Warsaw Independence Day march has already cast a shadow on the upcoming celebrations. While Polish President Andrzej Duda first urged all Poles to join the march, associated with and organized by ultra-nationalist groups – including the Radical National Camp and far-right National Movement – for the past several years, he subsequently announced he wouldn’t attend himself. According to reports, this final retraction by the head of state was prompted by the organizers’ refusal to let ruling party PiS co-manage the march.
The Law and Justice party announced that none of the country’s top officials will attend, thus finding itself excluded from this popular celebration that should attract tens of thousands of people. Adding to the division, part of the opposition announced it would boycott and snub the official celebrations in Warsaw and instead take part to events in other Polish cities. A hundred years after Poland regained its independence, the country has never appeared so divided.
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