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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 15:01
29 March 2017 – Some 400 million people in Asia and the Pacific still confront poverty as part of their daily lives due to widening income inequality, despite the region's impressive gains in reducing poverty in recent decades, a United Nations-backed report has found. “As outlined in the report, a renewed strengthening of the social contract is critical for addressing multi-dimensional poverty... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 14:43
GENEVA — Can pooled community resources make a dent in the world’s housing deficit? A group of Swiss housing cooperatives believe it can, providing an alternative to ailing public investment and what they see as the questionable motives of multinational private banks. Starting this year, partners of the group, the Social Production of Habitat Platform, plan to put their money to work in Senegal... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 13:49
For centuries, cities have been at the heart of the arts and culture, thriving businesses, and innovative ideas. Over ninety percent of urban areas are coastal, which means that most cities on the planet are extremely vulnerable to the effects of the climate crisis as sea levels rise, polar ice melts, and powerful storms sweep across these regions. The sheer number of people who live in cities... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 11:23
Cities are the driving force of the global economy and will be home to most of the world’s people by 2030. Can the public and private sectors learn to work hand-in-hand to ensure human habitats become resilient and future-ready? Governments and businesses make for unnatural bedfellows but in order to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable and achieve the Sustainable Development... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 11:56
New York, Mar 28 (Just Earth News): One way to encourage mutually beneficial developments for urban and rural areas alike is to develop value chains and food systems more efficient and inclusive, a United Nations-backed report examining the ‘quiet revolution’ towards sustainable urbanization has found. Meeting the rising urban demand for food can increase the incomes of the rural poor, most of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 11:39
Modern urban planning first came about to improve industrial cities that had become unsafe, unhealthy and essentially unliveable. However, new policies in Australia and New Zealand view planning as a cause of urban problems, not a solution. Both treat urban planning as a hindrance, which supposedly slows down economic growth and is the main reason for unaffordable housing. But what might this... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 11:38
Dakar — The fast rate at which Africa is urbanizing - one of the fastest in the world - is giving African decision and policy makers an opportunity to rethink the urbanization path so far trod on and chose one which will contribute to Africa achieving the continental targets for inclusive growth and transformation. The Economic Report for Africa 2017, which was launched on Saturday during the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 10:45
Safety governance” offers cities a holistic approach to crime prevention and security that is inclusive and respects the rule of law, according to a recent report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Safety governance is a manifestation of “good governance”, the notion that cities should pursue policies that are equitable and transparent, and always extend to the most... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 09:43
Drawing from its extensive experience in building inclusive governance capacity, promoting adequate housing, and improvement of living standards for people living in slums through implementing slum upgrading projects, UN-Habitat has consolidated an integrated, in-situ citywide approach to slum upgrading and prevention in its Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP). PSUP, an initiative of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 18:52
Dakar — The Economic Commission for Africa organised, Saturday 25 March in Dakar (Senegal) in partnership with the UN Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA), the African Union Commission and UN Habitat an Expert Group Meeting on "The New Urban Agenda and Demographic Dividend: Investing in Africa's Youth". Participants with a diversity of backgrounds, including government representatives... Read more