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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 11:23
India is perhaps at the center of the rapid urbanization currently sweeping the world, a theatre of human flight where populations are increasingly concentrating in cities. By one prediction, over 400 million Indians will inhabit cities by 2050[1]. A closer look at the trends indicates that our urban green hubs are increasingly under pressure as the symbiotic relationship between man-made and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 12:46
Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org) and the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization (CSU) jointly published "Public Spaces for Sustainable Urbanization: Proceedings of the 5 October 2015 Conference at UN Headquarters."The new publication follows other key books specialized in the subjects of future cities and refugees based on a ground-breaking event held under the patronage of HE Dr.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 12:02
The elite and affluent households are emerging as major drivers of consumption in the world’s fastest-growing major economy. In 2016, the household segment termed “aspirers,” with average annual gross incomes of between $7,700 (Rs5,04,234) and $15,400(Rs10,08,469), and the “next billion” (between $2,300 and $7,700), together constituted a massive 62% of the consumption expenditure in India,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 10:56
Windhoek-Namibia has since independence seen tremendous growth in its capital city as well as its major towns, where people flock in search of greener pastures. According to the Namibia Population and Housing Census, in 1991 the urban population of Namibia stood at 28 percent. The population subsequently increased to 33 percent in 2001 and 42 percent in 2011.   According to the Namibia... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 15:24
Ramadi, 20 March 2017 –UN-Habitat recently handed over 489 housing units in Ramadi that were rehabilitated or installed under the project “Promoting Urban Recovery in Newly Liberated Areas in Iraq”. The project undertaken by UN-Habitat Iraq Programme, was generously funded by the Government of Japan. By the end of February 2017, approximately half of the over 3 million displaced persons in Iraq... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 12:10
Land and property lie at the center of many of today’s pressing development challenges. Consider that at most 10% of land in rural Africa is reliably registered. At this week‘s annual Land and Poverty Conference here at the World Bank, we will hear how this vast gap in documentation of land gap blunts access to opportunities and key services for millions of the world’s poorest people,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 11:53
Bridges are critical links in the transport network. In their position across waterways, they are exposed to the full effects of flooding and landslides, and are often the first pieces of infrastructure to be damaged in the event of a disaster. They also typically take weeks or months to repair.  Besides causing expensive damage to the infrastructure itself, disruptions in connectivity also have... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 11:50
A 12,000-year-old “Stonehenge on steroids” transformed nomadic humans into members of complex societies. When the late German archaeologist Klaus Schmidt discovered the world’s oldest known structures, he came up with a revolutionary theory about the history of human civilization: “First came the temple, then the city.” What Schmidt and his team dug up starting in the mid 1990s was a magnificent... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 11:49
Mwanza, Tanzania 20 March 2017– UN-Habitat and the Government of Tanzania are hosting various activities in Mwanza to commemorate this year’s World Water Day. The activities and celebrations aim at sensitizing the communities on the importance of water resources, sanitation and a clean environment are being done through the Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation (LVWATSAN-Mwanza) Project:... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 10:16
The United Nations is not adequately adapting its operations and policy frameworks to the new urban reality of violence and conflict. But new tools do exist. The conflict in Syria has turned formerly thriving urban centres such as Aleppo and Homs into landscapes of rubble and decay. Those escaping the violence in these cities and elsewhere in the country have fled to predominantly urban areas in... Read more