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[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 25, 2015 - 10:40
Chief Resilience Officers and senior government officials attending Designing City Resilience in London on 16 and 17 June 2015 will work with an international audience of experts to change the way cities are planned, designed and built, making them more resilient. Many cities face similar physical, economic and social challenges, regardless of where they are located. By sharing these challenges... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, May 22, 2015 - 00:33
A new ranking suggests the urban SDG will be of middling difficulty for rich countries.   The global approach to combating poverty and strengthening sustainability is currently undergoing a major transformation, with the deadline looming to move from today’s international strategy on development to an entirely new paradigm. The previous strategy was encompassed in the Millennium Development... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, May 22, 2015 - 00:25
As the world looks toward a crucial round of climate negotiations this December in Paris, nation states are still debating what climate commitments they’re willing to make — starting in 2020. By contrast, consider what the city of Strasbourg has been doing as long ago as 1989. Back then, this French city relied heavily on cars: 76 percent of private trips were by private autos. Since then,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, May 22, 2015 - 00:16
The traffic is so severe in Jakarta that some observers fear the worst: permanent gridlock on the city’s roads. The New Cities Foundation and Connect4Climate have responded with the Jakarta Urban Challenge. The contest will award US$20,000 for the best ideas on alleviating congestion. The competition seeks strategies to increase traffic flow, reduce emissions and air pollution, and enhance the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, May 22, 2015 - 00:11
There are few things on this planet I hate more than bottled water. Just the crinkling sound of someone wrapping their mouth around one of those squeaky garbage accordions fills me with rage. I stopped drinking it a long time ago—and you should stop drinking it, too. Last week a Nestlé CEO pissed a whole bunch of people off when he said he would not stop bottling water at the company’s... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 12:33
The governor of California declared an emergency as crews scrambled to contain an oil slick and clean up popular beaches after a pipeline rupture dumped thousands of gallons of oil into the ocean. A day after the spill near Santa Barbara, northwest of Los Angeles, the US Coast Guard said helicopter overflights had shown the slick stretched some nine miles (14 kilometers) along the Pacific Ocean... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 12:24
The traffic is so severe in Jakarta that some observers fear the worst: permanent gridlock on the city’s roads. The New Cities Foundation and Connect4Climate have responded with the Jakarta Urban Challenge. The contest will award US$20,000 for the best ideas on alleviating congestion. The competition seeks strategies to increase traffic flow, reduce emissions and air pollution, and enhance the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 16:00
Home to an estimated 3.74 billion people, the Asia-Pacific region holds over half the global population, determining to a great extent the level of economic stability, or chaos, in the world. This year’s edition of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific, the flagship publication of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), has mostly good... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 14:48
The UN rights and refugee chiefs and other top officials Tuesday called on Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand to disembark refugees stranded at sea as outrage mounted over Southeast Asia's migrant crisis. A statement said the three countries and the 10-nation ASEAN regional bloc should "make saving lives the top priority by... significantly strengthening search and rescue operations" and "... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 14:18
Dubai will be the first city to assess the efficiency and sustainability of its smart city operations using key performance indicators developed by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU)-T Focus Group on Smart Sustainable Cities. The collaboration between Smart Dubai, an initiative to convert Dubai into a smart city, andITU is part of the UN organisation’s efforts to encourage the... Read more

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