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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 15:46
As the seventh session of the World Urban Forum gets underway, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is urging governments, civil society and international organizations, corporations and other partners to improve collaboration in ensuring real community involvement in urban planning and development. “Planning and development is a process that must be people... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 09:20
The cost of key government infrastructure projects – such as High Speed 2 and the Northern Hub rail upgrades – is set to rise as labour and material prices jump up, a leading industry body has warned. Civil engineering tender prices, which came under pressure during the economic downturn, are set to increase by 24pc during the next five years as workers – buoyed by an increased market demand –... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 09:14
The third reSite conference in Prague will address the theme Cities and Landscapes in the New Economy. The June 19–20 conference is a venue for architects, urban planners, developers, city and regional officials and others with a stake in the future of cities to meet and exchange ideas. The event will be the first to take place newly constructed Forum Karlín. The topics are broad and concern... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 08:47
As the world's largest democracy prepares to go to the polls, we've invited five people from India, the US and the UK who have expertise on economics, women's rights, youth movements, disability rights and urban development to answer the question: "Do you perceive India to be a developing country?" Jayati Ghosh, professor of economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi The development... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 08:28
The citywide urban poor alliance demands the junking of the 22-year old Republic Act 7279 or known as the Urban Development and Housing Act (UDHA). UDHA was passed into law on March 24, 1992 and purportedly aims to “uplift the conditions of the underprivileged and homeless citizens in urban areas and in resettlement areas by making available to them decent housing at affordable cost, basic... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 08:22
A total number of 50,000 residential units, which are part of Egypt’s social housing programme, will be accepting reservations in mid-April, Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Development Mostafa Madbouly announced in a Saturday press conference. Adopted by the Egyptian government following the January 2011 revolution, the social housing programme aims to offer 1m residential units to low-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 08:15
Last month, Parramatta was named by the Urban Development Institute of Australia as NSW’s best suburb. This is an important recognition for Parramatta as the city moves to become a globally competitive community, shedding its heavy industry past. Parramatta is no longer just a regional adjunct to the Sydney CBD. For Parramatta and the rest of the western suburbs, this award and the measures it... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 7, 2014 - 11:12
President John Dramani Mahama has arrived in the Colombian city of Medellin for the UN sponsored 7th session of the World Urban Forum, where he will be a special guest of honour and keynote speaker. The Forum, under the theme, “Urban Equity in Development – Cities for Life”, is organised by UN Habitat and hosted by the Colombian Government to explore among other issues rapid urbanisation across... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 7, 2014 - 10:24
The Bulgarian Government signed an agreement with the World Bank for the delivery of analytical and advisory services in support of the implementation of the country’s Water Supply and Sanitation Strategy 2014-2023, which was approved by the Government on April 2nd, according to the World BankGroup. This agreement was signed by Minister of Regional Development Desislava Terzieva and Markus... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 7, 2014 - 10:07
"High five!" was one of the catch-phrases of Sacha Baron Cohen's Kazakh comedic alter ego Borat. A real-world HyFive is being announced by a power broker named Boris. And this is serious business. London Mayor Boris Johnson has announced a program called HyFive, which will see automakers and other entities invest 31 million British pounds ($51 million US) in a demonstration project for hydrogen... Read more