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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 15:58
UN-Habitat’s projects in South Sudan show that infrastructure and participatory planning provide a preventative – rather than curative – approach to long-term conflict resolution and peace building. Juba, 16 January 2017 – The United Nations Programme responsible for human settlements (UN-Habitat) has delivered flood protection measures, water and sanitation and livelihood materials, worth $2.4... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 17:43
Distinction seeks to promote successful experiences and inspire other organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean to embrace the guidelines of this global agreement. Adopted in October 2016, the New Urban Agenda defines the steps to ensure sustainable urbanization in the next 20 years. Rethinking how we plan, manage and live in cities is the principle of the New Urban Agenda, adopted in... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Monday, December 12, 2016 - 22:34
Distinction seeks to promote successful experiences and inspire other organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean to embrace the guidelines of this global agreement. Adopted in October 2016, the New Urban Agenda defines the steps to ensure sustainable urbanization in the next 20 years. Rethinking how we plan, manage and live in cities is the principle of the New Urban Agenda, adopted in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 12:40
The 21st century is the “urban century”, as more than 2 billion additional people arrive in cities all over the world. A report terms this rapid urbanisation unprecedented in human history and points out that by 2050, more and more people will live in urban areas. This poses a huge challenge as cities across the world are facing several problems at present from providing jobs to a burgeoning... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 09:29
Cities dominate energy demand, and by extension are responsible for a significant share of carbon emissions. In 2013, the world’s urban areas accounted for about 64% of global primary energy use and produced 70% of the planet’s carbon dioxide emissions. These shares will rise as cities grow and urban economic activity expands. As the world seeks to make more efficient use of its energy resources... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 12:52
The Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the first South American city to host the modern games, famously faced challenges in the run-up to the event – from construction delays to a polluted venue to worries about the Zika virus and urban crime – many of which have been overcome. But there’s a question that always comes up for Olympic cities after the torch is extinguished: was it worth for its... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 10:26
Ghana’s growing population, especially in urban centres, has over the years translated into the generation of huge amounts of solid waste. With our population estimated to hit approximately 50 million people by the year 2050, the quantities of solid waste generated is expected to also increase astronomically. In the absence of a paradigm shift to address the challenges with our waste management... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 09:17
The vast majority of China’s urban consumers are willing to pay higher bills to buy “green electricity” from renewable sources like wind, solar or biomass, a recent survey commissioned by the China Renewable Energy Industries Association (CREIA) has found. The survey market research firm Ipsos and found 97.6% of respondents favoured using green electricity to tackle air pollution, and that 44% of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 14:51
HIGHLIGHTING the need for better urban sanitation models, a report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, has recommended setting up of a National Council for Urban Sanitation, and roping in skilled professionals as ‘urban sanitation fellows’ to improve the impact of sanitation programmes. The report on ways to scale up the impact of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA) was prepared by... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 14:11
BEIJING included garbage and sanitary management during the drafting of its 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020). Beijing Municipal Management Committee said Thursday that the capital city will roll out measures to make sorting garbage mandatory for households and kitchen waste disposal facilities with a daily capacity of 3,000 tonnes, more than doubling the current scale and enough to cover the... Read more

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