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[ News ] Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 - 08:10
By 2050, the world's urban population will swell to 6.25 billion, with 5.1 billion people living in cities in the developing world. Of these, as many as 2 billion people will live in slums. History has taught us that urbanization and economic development go hand in hand. But the experience of developing world nations today has been more mixed. In some oft-cited cases like the booming regions... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 - 07:55
Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) recently organised an advanced disaster management training programme in preparation for the fifth disaster management camp to be held in early April. The four-day event, hosted at the QRC headquarters in Doha, is part of an annual programme held with the objective of building the disaster preparedness capacity of volunteers and the community in general. “The primary... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 - 07:47
The Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority (GHURA) announces the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for Community Planning and Development (CPD) programs for Program Year 2014. An estimated $3.9 million of funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will be awarded to meet the needs outlined in the Guam’s Consolidated Plan for 2010-2014. Funding is allocated by HUD... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 - 07:33
The Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (Vuda) has evolved an action plan to protect the open spaces earmarked in all its own layouts. Vuda vice-chairman N Yuvaraj issued concrete directions to officials to take immediate steps to identify the boundaries of open spaces in all the 49 Vuda layouts developed in Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram districts and raise protection walls around them.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 - 07:24
WaterAid "an international non-profit organization transforming lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation", has ended its first Regional Strategic Management Meeting in the Liberian capital Monrovia to discuss WASH related issues involving health and the way forward in continuing its support to the WASH sector. The Meeting held under the theme: "WASH and Health-Reaching a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 10:17
Hong Kong is accustomed to receiving kudos from American conservatives. Year in and year out, the Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal laud the bastion of capitalism on the South China coast as the world’s freest economy. Sure enough, Hong Kong has just won the prize again, with the city coming in No. 1 on the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom published by Heritage and the Journal. That... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 09:53
When corporate leaders and politicians gather for the World Economic Forum's annual meeting, climate change will dominate their agenda in an unprecedented way. From U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres to European Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard, the Swiss Alpine town of Davos will be awash in high-level advocates for curbing global... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 09:34
When flooding hit the Western Cape in November, one person drowned and about 18 000 were affected, including patients who had to be evacuated from Somerset West’s Vergelegen Mediclinic, says the Western Cape disaster management centre chief, Wilfred Solomons-Johannes.  Flooding across Delft, Faure, Fish Hoek, Gugulethu, Hout Bay, Khayelitsha, Kraaifontein, Kuils River, Macassar, Philippi,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 09:19
KOLKATA: Lack privacy in your room. Or does it appear too cramped. Take heart as many in Bengal share your plight. The worry, however, is elsewhere. Most people in urban Bengal have to do with an average of 35.23 square meter (or 379.21 square feet) space to live. Only 553 per 1000 married couples among them have a separate room to themselves. Worse still, only 583 per 1000 households have a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 09:10
By Matt Damon and Gary White Editor's note: Matt Damon and Gary White are co-founders of, a nonprofit that helps communities achieve sustainable water systems. They are participating in the World Economic Forum's annual meeting this week to advocate for universal access to safe water and sanitation. This is one in a series of columns CNN Opinion is publishing in association with the ... Read more