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[ News ] Posted on Friday, October 21, 2016 - 12:51
Mr Sylvanus Kofi Adzornu, Head of the Urban Development Unit at the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development says rural urban migration is the cause of slums in Ghana. He said the population of Accra and Kumasi alone put pressure on the infrastructure and social amenities, therefore creating slums in the city. Mr Adzornu was contributing to a discussion on Affordable Housing Network... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, October 21, 2016 - 12:00
Home to the majority of the world’s population, it is increasingly recognized that the battle for sustainability will be won or lost in cities. Urban areas concentrate and magnify many of the key challenges captured in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Across the globe, responses to emerging 21st century challenges continue to rely on the entrenched technocratic approaches of the 20th... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, October 21, 2016 - 11:42
Philippine cities could be left with a “demographic bomb” of unemployed youth who could engage in urban crimes, if the government fails to invest in their education and skills, according to Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC). This was part of the National Report on “Better, Greener, Smarter Cities in an Inclusive Philippines” submitted by Vice President Maria Leonor G.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, October 21, 2016 - 11:42
QUITO, Ecuador — At the U. N.’s Habitat III conference on cities here this week, there has been much talk of “urbanization,” “spatial planning” and “urban sprawl.” Those terms may make perfect sense to urban planners, but to others they can be hopeless abstractions. A multimedia research project released today in Quito aims to change that. It’s called The Atlas of Urban Expansion, and it’s... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, October 21, 2016 - 11:06
A call for mayors to see a strong role in integrating newcomers. QUITO, Ecuador — William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration, prefers open air to a conference room. So we sit outside, soaking in the sun, with the mountains as the backdrop on a pleasantly nippy Quito morning, discussing a subject not quite viewed as sunny by a lot of people — migration.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, October 21, 2016 - 10:53
QUITO, Ecuador — Twenty-one-year old architecture student Isabela Pineda has a pretty good read on what Quito’s residents think, or don’t think, about Habitat III. For the past few days, Pineda has been walking around Ecuador’s capital city with her mobile phone asking people in public spaces questions about the massive U. N. event held here this week. She has been punching the answers into an... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, October 21, 2016 - 10:45
A new report estimating energy usage in 3,649 cities has found that, while there is no one-size-fits-all solution, every city nevertheless has massive potential to cost-effectively increase the use of renewable energy at a local level. Published on the sidelines of the Habitat III Conference in Quito by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA),Renewable Energy in Cities estimated the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, October 21, 2016 - 10:42
Habitat for Humanity will seek to secure housing for 40 million people by 2020, among other pledges on land tenure. QUITO, Ecuador — One of the world’s leading housing non-profits announced major commitments at this week’s Habitat IIIconference to increase access to housing for 40 million people by 2020. Habitat for Humanity, which works in nearly 70 countries, used the occasion of the U. N.’s... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, October 21, 2016 - 10:35
Top 5.0 per cent of Dhaka households have 40 per cent of income share, while bottom 58 per cent have 21 per cent indicating serious intra city disparity existing in the country, experts told a programme Thursday. The disparity exists not only within the cities, but also regionally-metropolitan-mofussil and rural-urban, they said. Urban income is higher than rural income, but child stunting is 70... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, October 21, 2016 - 10:26
The informal sector is here to stay. It is expanding. And increasingly, in many cities across the world, its face is feminine. QUITO, Ecuador — It was British anthropologist Keith Hart who coined the term “informal sector” during his 1971 study of economic activities among rural migrants in Accra, Ghana. Hart’s research led him to conclude that despite external constraints, most migrants in the... Read more