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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 11:44
Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters have occupied the city’s Central district for over a month now, and they don’t look likely to stop anytime soon: according to Reuters, nine out of 10 say they’d be happy to carry on for a full year. The accompanying disruption has included blocked roads in the city’s major business district and a growing air of unease between police and protesters – something... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 10:18
Addressing violence against women, in all of its forms, is a global imperative and should be one of the international community’s top priorities, including in forthcoming intergovernmental processes, such as the post-2015 development agenda. There are numerous international frameworks and instruments, already in existence, that define the obligation of member states to prevent and respond to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 10:27
Cities in the United States can now participate in the Public Art Challenge, a new program to support innovative temporary public art projects by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The program invites U.S. cities with 30,000 or more residents to submit proposals for creative and transformative projects. The challenge aims to improve quality of life in cities and to reposition art at the core of society.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 09:50
Polio has almost been eliminated from the world and just two countries remain endemic: Afghanistan and Nigeria, with cases also high in parts of Pakistan. A new report considers how the final steps can be taken to eliminate the disease. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), polio is nearly eradicated, with the number of cases limited to a few hundred each year.Poliomyelitis (polio)... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 09:30
Halloween isn’t over yet - today, the BBC reported that two "funeral management" officials in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong have been charged with buying corpses from a graverobber in order to fulfil their local government duties.  This might require a bit of explanation. China, like many countries around the world, is running out of burial space. In a bid to encourage residents to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 09:23
A leading expert on sub-Saharan Africa worries that Nairobi has crafted an urban development vision that largely overlooks the poor. Urban Africa’s Gemma Solés interviewed Garth Myers, distinguished professor of urban international studies at Trinity College in the United States, about the Kenyan capital’s Metro 2030 plan. His toughest critique: The blueprint barely mentions slums and informal... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 09:08
ICLEI, the global network for sustainable local government, together with the Wuppertal Institute, has launched the first stage of an ambitious new programme to help cities in East Asia become 100 percent renewable energy-based by 2030. Called Energy-safe Cities – East Asia, it envisions cities from China, the two Koreas, Japan, Mongolia and eastern Russia to be powered by not only renewable... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014 - 15:02
Upcycling is probably one of the internet’s favourite things. Just check out the hashtag on Twitter. If that wasn’t inspiration enough, check out this new infographic, featuring gardening ideas for shutters, ladders, and more. Source: This Big City NB: Press Cutting Service This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014 - 14:56
Citing “clear and growing” human influence on the climate system, a United Nations report issued today has warned that if left unchecked, climate change will increase the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems. Echoing that dire warning, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that if the world maintains its “business as usual” attitude about climate... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014 - 11:10
Later this week several major heads of state—including President Obama and Vladimir Putin—will arrive in Beijing to participate in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC), to be held in the Chinese capital from November 7-12. In advance of the summit, Beijing constructed a hotel, villas, a new international convention center, and a highway linking the convention center to the city.... Read more