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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 23:09
As the US economy continues to improve in the wake of the so-called Great Recession, production has reached levels not seen since years before those dark days of 2007-2008.   With a jobless rate of 5.5%--a figure reflecting a 0.7% drop since August of 2014--it comes as a surprise that business owners in the United States are having a hard time finding qualified candidates to fill skilled labor... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 11:01
Better, more productive models of urban development are critical for rapidly growing cities in the developing world, and in Africa in particular. How African cities assimilate the 22 million people that will be added to their number every year for the next three decades will determine the continent’s prospects. Africa’s urban population is set to triple between 2010 and 2050, reaching 1.34... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 10:43
With govt giving a clear push to city infrastructure, it would make sense to build transport, water, sanitation and power infrastructure with optimum physical resilience.  Around 10,000 lives were lost, houses and city infrastructure got destroyed across Nepal and Northern part of India in the earthquake in April this year. This came as a reminder to Indians, especially those living in high rise... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 09:11
The landmark urban focus of the new Sustainable Development Goals was largely lost during this weekend’s formal events. World leaders committed this weekend to an ambitious new agenda that will guide the next 15 years of global development priorities. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development certifies 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets, among them a landmark goal on... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 12:10
Nigerian architect Kunlè Adeyemi is re-imagining African’s water slums as floating islands.Nearly 70% of Africa’s capital cities—like Lagos, Luanda and Kinshasa—are near water, with many urban dwellers living in bungalows, wooden structures and shacks on water. But rising sea levels, increasing rainfall and climate change threaten many of these structures, leaving water slum residents vulnerable... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 08:42
The UN goals include targets for affordable housing and sustainable transport, protecting cultural and natural heritage, and reducing the environmental impact of cities. Melbourne, Bangalore, Jakarta and Rio de Janeiro have something in common: they are growing fast and need to manage the social and environmental impacts of fast-growing and sprawling populations. In some ways, Melbourne has more... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 28, 2015 - 11:39
We gather at an exciting time for Africa and the world. Africa continues its rapid transformation. Economic growth over the last few years has been impressive, despite the global economic crisis. Africa is the most rapidly urbanising region of the world. Two-thirds of Africa`s projected total population of 2.5 billion people will require urban services by 2063. And Africa needs to be ready. I... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 28, 2015 - 11:12
Urbanisation is taking place at a tremendous pace in several States, but many cities are struggling to cope with it. With an influx of people invading cities in the hope of better lives and opportunities there is a huge strain on available resources like housing, water, sanitation, health and hygiene.  The bulk of the responsibility for handling problems of an ever-expanding city falls on the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 28, 2015 - 10:15
Africa's urban population is set to double within the next 25 years. As the region is still in the early stage of its urbanization process, it has a unique chance to avoid the mistakes made in other parts of the world and build sustainable cities from the outset. Source:Worldbank NB: Press Cutting Service This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 28, 2015 - 09:57
 Many issues of sustainable development cannot be addressed unilaterally, and renewed commitment and enhanced partnerships from all stakeholders - including states, international financial institutions and civil society — will be needed for the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to work, said Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan. Dr... Read more