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[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 24, 2016 - 09:11
Just as nations adopt the Habitat III outcome strategy, four towering figures in urbanism announce a treatise on cities and planning. One of those was Habitat III head Joan Clos. QUITO, Ecuador — If the shape of 20th-century cities was decided nearly a century ago on a boat in the Mediterranean, the visions for the 21st century — the so-called “century of cities” — may mark its origin in a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 24, 2016 - 09:10
Often faced with poor access to education and health services, women and girls stand to gain the most from urbanization. But in the runup to this week’s Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador, experts told Devex they are concerned the role of women and girls in urbanizing economies will be taken for granted. Officials from the Organization for Economic Cooperation Development and the United... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 24, 2016 - 08:57
Representatives from 193 countries met between 17 and 20 October  this year  for the Habitat III Conference at Ecuador's charming capital, Quito, to sign the Quito Declaration, adopting the United Nations' New Urban Agenda. Although legally not binding, the agenda provides a roadmap on how to turn our urban future in a more positive direction to create more jobs, provide cheaper housing, cleaner... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 24, 2016 - 08:52
The challenges of a rapidly urbanising world and of providing people with equal opportunities in cities were the central themes at the just-concluded UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, Habitat III, in Quito, Ecuador. As a once-in-a-generation event, the Habitat conference sets a guiding compass for member-countries for the next 20 years, and attracts wide governmental... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, October 21, 2016 - 13:51
NEW approaches are needed to address the challenge of rising urban dwellers in the Pacific who live in poor-quality housing with inadequate provision for basic services in settlements known as 'urban villages,' a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report says. "There has been a rapid rise of urban villages in recent years due to increased poverty and the negative impacts of climate change," said... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, October 21, 2016 - 13:29
Innovative and agile cities are better placed to solve major global challenges than national governments – in thrall to the momentum of the last century – but the fight must start now, argues Barcelona’s first female mayor. All the major global challenges – climate change, the economy, inequality, the very future of democracy – will be solved in cities. If nations want to succeed with their... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, October 21, 2016 - 12:59
About one billion people live in slums. That’s close to the entire population of China, twice that of all world refugees or roughly 550,000 times the number of billionaires. The number will triple by 2050. Just as pressing as what slums are, how many there are and where they are, is how to talk about them—how to talk about one seventh of the world population, and a quarter of Latin Americans.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, October 21, 2016 - 12:51
Mr Sylvanus Kofi Adzornu, Head of the Urban Development Unit at the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development says rural urban migration is the cause of slums in Ghana. He said the population of Accra and Kumasi alone put pressure on the infrastructure and social amenities, therefore creating slums in the city. Mr Adzornu was contributing to a discussion on Affordable Housing Network... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, October 21, 2016 - 12:00
Home to the majority of the world’s population, it is increasingly recognized that the battle for sustainability will be won or lost in cities. Urban areas concentrate and magnify many of the key challenges captured in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Across the globe, responses to emerging 21st century challenges continue to rely on the entrenched technocratic approaches of the 20th... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, October 21, 2016 - 11:42
Philippine cities could be left with a “demographic bomb” of unemployed youth who could engage in urban crimes, if the government fails to invest in their education and skills, according to Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC). This was part of the National Report on “Better, Greener, Smarter Cities in an Inclusive Philippines” submitted by Vice President Maria Leonor G.... Read more