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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 16:26
UN-Habitat has launched a new web portal featuring a wealth of city data based on its extensive research into some of the most pressing urban trends of recent decades. Launched during the 25th Governing Council, Urban Data allows users to explore data from a number of cities and regions around the world and compare indicators such as slum prevalence and city prosperity. For the first time, the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 12:22
India will be one of the last major countries in the world to experience the urbanization of its population. In 2010, 31 percent of India’s people lived in its cities. By 2030, this is expected to rise to 40 percent. This means that an additional 220 million people will move to cities across the country. Which cities will these people go to? Is it possible to create jobs for these people? Will... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 11:01
The international humanitarian charity Oxfam is calling on the World Bank and major donors to raise 1.7 billion dollars to improve poor health systems in Ebola-affected countries and strengthen community networks for preventing another epidemic. Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International, said, “Communities pulling together has been vital to cutting Ebola infection rates […] But... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 10:49
Despite commitments by the international community to achieve universal primary education by 2015, funds for education have been decreasing over the past ten years, according to a reportreleased Friday by the global advocacy campaign ‘A World at School’. Figures from a Donor Scorecard show that nine of the top 10 donor governments, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 10:39
French military police said Monday they had wrapped up an operation to recover debris from the crash site in the Alps where a Germanwings plane smashed into the mountainside, leaving 150 people dead. A police source said pulverised fragments of the Airbus A320 were being stored in a hangar near the crash site and clean-up operations were now set to start, nearly a month after the crash. The... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 10:26
The United Nations refugee agency has confirmed 800 migrants died in a shipwreck off Libya on Sunday after speaking to survivors of the disaster. "We can say that 800 are dead," said Carlotta Sami, spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Italy on Tuesday. Representatives from the UN agency and the International Organization for Migration said they had interviewed the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 10:09
The hoopla surrounding India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of 100 “smart” cities by 2022 has been tempered by a sobering fact. He has failed to get the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT), a global financial hub that he proposed in 2007, off the ground. Aditi Shah reports for Reuters that GIFT is finally on track to become an Indian version of Dubai or Singapore. The sleek new... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 20, 2015 - 22:24
Will more cities follow San Francisco’s lead? When San Francisco’s water meters were coming to the end of their lifespan about six years ago, the city wanted to make sure the next set of devices installed would prove useful for the next 20 years. “It’s the best of both worlds,” Tyrone Jue, director of communications for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which provides water and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 20, 2015 - 22:13
Cities and regions from all over the world gathered at the World Water Forum on the occasion of the 4th International Conference of Local and Regional Authorities on Water in Gyeongju (Republic of Korea) on 13 and 14 April, reaffirmed the crucial need for the international community to adopt Goal 6 of the Sustainable Development Goals, which aims to ensure access to water and sanitation for all... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 20, 2015 - 22:09
This year’s CONNECTKaro conference focused on how Indian cities like Bangalore (pictured) can use technology for smarter development given the country’s rapid urbanization.  From April 15 to 16, 2015 in New Delhi, city and transport leaders from around the world came together for the third annual edition of WRI India’s CONNECTKaro conference. This year’s theme of Smart Cities for Sustainable... Read more