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[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014 - 08:54
The Republic of China (Taiwan) today has donated SB$2 million worth of relief assistance towards recovery efforts in Solomon Islands following last week’s deadly floods that killed at least 23 people and left thousands of people homeless. Delivering the assistance in Honiara today, ROC Ambassador Victor Te-Sun Yu said the assistance will be channeled through the National Disaster Management... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 15:09
Better knowledge for cities features highly at the 7th Session of the World Urban Forum. At the Evidence based framework contributing to just cities for children discussion organized by World Vision International, attended by around 100 participants, presenters highlighted the importance of knowledge about cities’ urban contexts for appropriate solutions. Based on their 5-year experience in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 09:56
In recent months, popular protests have broken out in cities around the globe. The causes were different: soaring pollution in Beijing; violent, gender-based crime in New Delhi; and access to public services in São Paulo. But, for each, inequality was a significant underlying factor. Many cities face increasing pressure. The urban population has increased five-fold since 1950. Vehicle ownership... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 09:32
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has allocated $17 million to organizations that provide shelter to homeless people in Puerto Rico, the island's non-voting representative in Congress said here Tuesday. Pedro Pierluisi said that thanks to HUD's Continuum Care program these non-profits, just like government agencies on the municipal and state levels, will be able to quickly... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 09:27
For pro-development types, Chicago is often thought of as something of a promised land. While it may not have Houston’s complete lack of a zoning code, the Second City is known as a much easier place to build than its coastal counterparts. It’s even Harvard professor Ed Glaeser’s go-to example of how lax development rules can keep housing prices low. “Chicago’s sea of cranes on Lake Michigan,”... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 08:59
Workers at Aussenkehr grape companies still use buckets or the open veld to relieve themselves despite working for firms that have tens of millions in annual turnover. Over 60 percent of Namibians have poor access to water and sanitation facilities and are sujected to unsafe hygiene practices. One of the workers Taimi Kanyemba told New Era she accommodates up to seven people in her three-roomed... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 08:53
UNICEF is continuing to coordinate its emergency response with partners and the Solomon Islands Government in order to reach the estimated 52,000 people affected by extreme flooding. With water systems still extensively damaged and almost 10,000 people in evacuation centres, UNICEF’s main concern is ensuring people have clean water and adequate sanitation to prevent the potential spread of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 08:48
While 90 million people in Bangladesh have moved away from practicing open defecation, diarrheal diseases are still the second-leading cause of child and infant mortality, creating an urgent need for greater availability and affordability of hygienic latrines. Through a sanitation marketing program in Bangladesh, supported by the World Bank IDA and technical assistance from the Water and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 08:29
In view of the outbreak of cholera in some parts of the country, the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Ambassador in Nigeria has urged women to create sanitation businesses to curb disease. Mrs Ebele Okeke, WASH Ambassador and former Head of Civil Service of the Federation, made the call while reacting to the outbreak of cholera in parts of Lagos, Kano, Benue, Plateau and recently, the FCT.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 09:35
Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos expressed concern over Bogota’s public transport and the urgency of installing metro into the capital city this week, at the World Urban Forum 2014.  Although home to more than 7 million residents, Colombia’s capital relies upon a precarious public transport system. Bogota’s public transport is solely composed of Transmilenio, a bus rapid transit system with... Read more