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Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 09:11
He drives a 14 year old Mercedes Benz inherited from his predecessor Klaus Topfer. That’s because he’s holding out for a Tesla, or what he hopes will be Kenya’s first Tesla. The Tesla being powered by electricity and not carbon emitting fossil fuel; the perfect car for the man charged with the world’s environment – the United Nations Environment Programme Executive Director, Achim Steiner. Even his ‘castle’ is environmentally sustainable being entirely solar-powered and it would be remiss, as an avid proponent of the green economy, if he failed to mention the economic benefits of such an... Read more
Posted on Friday, March 21, 2014 - 13:06
At a dialogue on Emerging Global Trends in Urban Thinking in the city this week, speakers said there is no need for any government to raise the gross domestic product (GDP) growth, rather it's the people of the country who will raise GDP on their own for survival. GDP should not be the yardstick of progress rather liveability should be the indicator such as how people are progressing socially or the habits of dealing with hygiene, they said. Liveability means equitable access to resources, public transportation, quality of life, standard of living or general well-being of the people.... Read more
Posted on Friday, March 21, 2014 - 10:48
Ray Bloch Productions is producing the upcoming  Cities For Tomorrow event at The TimesCenter in New York City. This follow-up to last year's Building Sustainable Cities Conference, which is hosted by The New York Times, will take place over two days, April 21st and 22nd, and will convene public and private sector leaders from around the globe to discuss issues related to the modern proliferation of urban population growth. Topics to be examined at the event will include sustainability, governance, technology, and economics. Approximately 400 thought leaders, C-level executives, and public... Read more
Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 09:21
Global Risks 2014 is an analysis of a survey of over 700 world leaders and top businessmen from the World Economic Forum’s global multi-stakeholder community. From the report, growing “global risks” arise from demographic trends, societal issues, technological developments, environmental concerns, and economic mismanagement. The demographic trends “flagged” consist of “overpopulation... unmanaged migration flows... and energy crises.” Specifically, the risk cited is “being unable to deal with rapid population growth and the growing burden of an ageing population.” According to the report, “... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 14:16
How does the design of a city affect its inhabitants? How do urban spaces or lack of them, walkways, roads, sounds, vehicles etc make people feel about the city they live in? These are the core questions which were explored over two years and then summed up in an exhibition in New York at the Guggenheim museum. The exhibition, Participatory City:100 Urban Trends, marked the culmination of two years of engagement by the BMW Guggenheim Lab with communities, citizens, activists and policy makers on urban design across three cities, New York, Mumbai and Berlin. The exhibition ran for three... Read more
Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 - 10:30
New Year's Greetings! from the Integrated Social Development Effort (ISDE) Bangladesh This year, celebrate the diversity of life. It makes each new day special.
Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 - 09:42
Is the human factor neglected in city planning? With London’s blue superhighway under scrutiny after 14 cyclists were killed last year, you might be inclined to think so. This is the focus of Danish filmmaker Andreas Dalsgaard’s visually striking documentary The Human Scale, to be screened this month at Hackney Empire. The film questions our modern lifestyles and shifts the lens from the “bricks and mortar” of the city to make, according to Dalsgaard, “the human being visible.” Taking its inspiration from the work of Danish architect and professor Jan Gehl, The Human Scale focuses on human... Read more
Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 - 12:10
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Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 - 11:38
If you have not yet registered, please join over 300 participating teams and course managers from almost 70 countries worldwide. Note that the official deadline is Friday the 15th of November, 2013 (11.59PM GMT+3). Therefore ensure that you register online on the competition website, using this link: For details of the entries, people, and countries participating in the competition, please click on the following link: Course leaders, are requested to remind their students to register on the above... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 08:09
Introduction: The Municipal Governance and Development Community in Afghanistan brings together the professionals managing Afghanistan's municipalities, as well as those working to enhance their capacity to provide effective, efficient and responsive municipal services to their citizens, in support of the Sub-National Governance Policy and the Afghanistan National Development Strategy. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Moderators’ Note:Dear Members, we are pleased to launch another Query on Role of Civil Society... Read more