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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 10:42
Germany, in unusually strong criticism of Israel, said on Wednesday plans to build 2,500 more settlement homes in the Israeli-occupied West Bank put in doubt Israel's stated commitment to a two-state solution with the Palestinians. Israel announced the plans on Tuesday in the second such declaration since U.S. President Donald Trump took office signaling he could be more accommodating toward... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 16:27
TEPIC, Mexico (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As the world's giant cities fill up, the brunt of migration to urban areas will fall on smaller cities that are not ready to deal with big influxes of people, a specialist on Latin America's cities has warned. “The cities that are set to grow are those that are not prepared to grow - the medium and small-sized ones,” said Eugene Zapata Garesche, Latin... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 12:58
The world’s population is undergoing a period of dramatic change. The global middle class continues to boom, transforming where we live, what we eat, and how we interact with the wider world. Understanding these changes and their impacts is a challenge that sits across traditional discipline boundaries, but is vital if we’re to live sustainably on this planet. Late last year, the Royal Society,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 11:47
Bangkok 23 January 2017 – Partners from around Asia and the Pacific met in the Thai capital to share and discuss ways in which to implement the New Urban Agenda in the region. More than 60 participants representing 13 countries attended the interactive session which was co-hosted by the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security of Thailand and the Ministry of Local Government, Housing... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 11:47
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that came into effect last year hold the promise of improving the lives of poor and marginalized communities worldwide, particularly in urban areas. Yet as national and local governments turn to implementing this far-ranging agenda, there is growing concern that current statistical capacities are not up to the task of monitoring their progress. Last... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 15:51
Having a say in what your city or neighbourhood should be like is often complicated, time-consuming and full of confusing jargon. A new wave of digital tools are trying to make the process transparent and interactive Imagine if next time you saw a plan for an oversized monster tower block proposed for your street, you could get out your smartphone and swipe left to oppose it? Or see a carefully... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 15:11
Voters in Timor-Leste will head to the polls twice this year—for presidential elections in March and parliamentary elections in July—in what will be the first such elections to be held since the UN Mission departed in 2012. The next government will be faced with dwindling oil reserves and the urgent need to switch from a petroleum fund-based economy to one that is more diversified and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 11:48
Rapid urbanization is inevitable in Africa given its demographic structure and vulnerability to climate change. Thus, city planners are often left with the challenge of managing urbanization rather than designing optimal city size, since both pull and push factors affect urbanization. Successfully managing Africa’s urbanization thus involves finding the balance between getting the basics right... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 10:32
Barcelona 23 January 2017 – the formal signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Territory and Sustainability of the Government of Catalonia and UN-Habitat took place recently. The main objective of this MoU is to establish a framework for cooperation between UN-Habitat and the Department of Territory and Sustainability that will enable the two institutions to share... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 10:05
The Campaign to fight global challenge of urban poverty got major boost during the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) held in Quito, Ecuador, 17-20 October 2016.The European Commission (EC), Africa Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Secretariat long term partners of UN-Habitat announced that they will provide new and additional funding of €30... Read more