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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 12:35
Luar Batang, one of Jakarta’s oldest waterfront squatter areas, is being flattened. Residents and their homes will be removed to free up flood-prone land and access to the city for tourists. Thousands of people will be evicted, disrupting if not destroying livelihoods, jobs, homes and long-established social networks. Like the illegal settlements in Kalijodo district, Luar Batang has received... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 12:06
India's ambitious target to build 20 million new homes for the nation's poor is failing slum dwellers and those living on the city's streets, Leilani Farha, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, has warned. She said India, which has the world's largest number of urban poor and landless people, is trying to address the "scourge" of inadequate housing through its... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 09:35
At first glance, a gathering of 60 or so women in Detroit earlier this month looked like a typical networking event a few speeches, lots of mingling, plenty of wine. But instead of making contacts to boost their careers, the women discussed how to use their collective power to improve the city. “The grassroots, networking aspect of what is going on right now in the city is just extremely... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 11:24
In October 2016 representatives from national governments, cities, the private sector, and civic organizations will gather in Quito, Ecuador for the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, popularly known asHabitat III. For people who believe that the world’s social, economic, and environmental prospects rise and fall with the ability of cities and metro areas to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 10:21
Increasing urbanisation is ratcheting up the risks for water management and more care must be taken to protect urban water supplies, says international thought leader Aromar Revi. The Indian Institute for Human Settlements Director is a keynote speaker at the upcoming Ozwater’16 and will be presenting on the challenges and opportunities present in global urbanisation, and said one of the biggest... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 10:06
The national and county government’s initiative in boosting infrastructure in informal settlements have lead to great strides in providing better opportunities for its residents, thus improving the quality of life. The irony of it however, is that urbanisation has been highly associated with increased traffic accidents, disease, and even greater poverty due to disruption of business. Maya... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 19:32
We are at an unprecedented moment in human development as the greatest migration in history unfolds around us. Less than a decade ago a majority of humankind still lived in the countryside, yet today a clear majority live in urban areas. By the deadline of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2030, 60% of all people will reside in cities, proportionally twice that of 1950. For most of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 19:06
A four-storey hotel collapses, killing a family of four who were bringing a precious daughter to start her first year at medical school. Across Ecuador and Japan, hundreds of thousands are left homeless. Bridges have collapsed. Roads are torn to shreds and blocked by landslides. Farmland is churned back to raw earth.Thankfully no tsunami ensued from these or other earthquakes recorded in recent... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 18:00
The Head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) said today that the deaths in Ecuador and the dozens of victims in Japan spotlighted a basic fact about earthquakes; that buildings, and not the shake itself, claim most lives. “These earthquakes are a reminder of how important it is that we apply the highest standards possible when building in earthquake zones,” said ... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 17:51
 As the United Nations gets closer to October’s Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, or Habitat III, in Quito, Ecuador, the world also gets nearer to a “New Urban Agenda.” The UN hopes that stakeholders will adopt the agenda in the fall, and use the document as a guide to dealing with the challenges of booming cities in years to come. Last week, at a New York City event... Read more