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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 10:06
The national and county government’s initiative in boosting infrastructure in informal settlements have lead to great strides in providing better opportunities for its residents, thus improving the quality of life. The irony of it however, is that urbanisation has been highly associated with increased traffic accidents, disease, and even greater poverty due to disruption of business. Maya... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 19:32
We are at an unprecedented moment in human development as the greatest migration in history unfolds around us. Less than a decade ago a majority of humankind still lived in the countryside, yet today a clear majority live in urban areas. By the deadline of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2030, 60% of all people will reside in cities, proportionally twice that of 1950. For most of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 19:06
A four-storey hotel collapses, killing a family of four who were bringing a precious daughter to start her first year at medical school. Across Ecuador and Japan, hundreds of thousands are left homeless. Bridges have collapsed. Roads are torn to shreds and blocked by landslides. Farmland is churned back to raw earth.Thankfully no tsunami ensued from these or other earthquakes recorded in recent... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 18:00
The Head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) said today that the deaths in Ecuador and the dozens of victims in Japan spotlighted a basic fact about earthquakes; that buildings, and not the shake itself, claim most lives. “These earthquakes are a reminder of how important it is that we apply the highest standards possible when building in earthquake zones,” said ... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 17:51
 As the United Nations gets closer to October’s Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, or Habitat III, in Quito, Ecuador, the world also gets nearer to a “New Urban Agenda.” The UN hopes that stakeholders will adopt the agenda in the fall, and use the document as a guide to dealing with the challenges of booming cities in years to come. Last week, at a New York City event... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 17:45
The Habitat III negotiations offer a unique opportunity to recognize the centrality of gender in urban policy and practice. But these will not be successful unless fundamental changes are incorporated. In the build-up to Habitat III, this year’s major summit aimed at setting global urbanization strategy, the refrain on everyone’s lips is about “transformation”. The Habitat III background agenda... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 16:26
In October 2016 representatives from national governments, cities, the private sector, and civic organizations will gather in Quito, Ecuador for the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, popularly known asHabitat III. For people who believe that the world’s social, economic, and environmental prospects rise and fall with the ability of cities and metro areas to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 11:31
“The IPCC 43rd Session was an opportunity to build upon the momentum created at COP21 and further recognize the role of cities in tackling climate change and they didn’t disappoint.There will be a strong focus on cities in all of the panel’s work over the next seven years and the creation of an IPCC Special Report on Cities and Climate Change for the next reporting cycle is a great result for... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 11:07
If there is such a thing as a world leader for cities, a spokesman for the planet’s exploding urban constituency, then perhaps it’s the likeable, silver-haired bundle of Catalan energy sitting across the table from me. Dr Joan Clos, former mayor of Barcelona, is in the middle of a three-day conference in Prague which – despite feeling bewilderingly large to me – is merely a warm-up act for the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 10:19
The global urban population is set to rise to over 66% by 2050, and India is a significant contributor. While the country’s urban population currently totals around 410 million people (32% of the total population), it is expected to reach 814 million (50%) by 2050. But the growth of India’s urban population has not been accompanied with commensurate increases in urban infrastructure and service... Read more