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[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 14, 2016 - 12:04
The Syrian crisis has shaken an entire region and been at the epicenter of a global displacement crisis for the past five years. This crisis has turned some 20 million children, families and communities into refugees and 40 million into internally displaced persons within their own countries, according to UNHCR. The humanitarian community has been under massive strain to deal with this global... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 14, 2016 - 11:51
The rise of cities can play a key part in creating jobs for the millions of youth who enter the work force every year. Nowhere is this more relevant than in East Asia, where cities have grown faster than anywhere else in the world. Between 2000 and 2010, nearly 200 million people moved to East Asia's urban centers. This includes eight “megacities” with populations over 10 million, and 123 large... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 14, 2016 - 11:34
Slum dwellers share a whole lot in common with citizens of war torn countries. There is civil strife, and the most basic infrastructure is non-existent, interrupted or destroyed. As a result, most slum dwellers are forced to adapt to the existing situation or improvise just to have access to food and shelter. Unlike people affected by war, who can look up to the future to rebuild their country,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 14, 2016 - 10:40
URBAN centres in Kuala Lumpur are contributing to the pollution of Sungai Kelang and its tributaries, according to data from the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID). Based on DID’s inventory of pollution sources, collected after months of research for the River of Life (RoL) project from three local authorities — Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 14:40
10 ‘policy unit’ papers are expected to form basis of the New Urban Agenda. Two hundred global urban experts and practitioners have finalized a series of major technical briefings offering a suite of recommendations on the drafting and eventual implementation of the New Urban Agenda, the 20-year strategy on sustainable urbanization expected to come out of this year’s Habitat III conference. The... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 11:45
Singapore remained the most expensive city globally for the third year in a row, but Hong Kong leapfrogged higher to nip at its heels, while Paris got cheaper, a new survey found. The Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) annual survey found that Singapore's dubious honor of leading other cities on prices is facing a squeeze, with Hong Kong climbing seven places to tie for second place with... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 11:24
Speed read Planning for an urban future must start with the region’s medium and secondary cities , says UN report The data revolution can help flatten urban inequities, which are significant problem in South Asia Asian cities need to prioritise inclusivity at the planning stage to avoid aggravating inequity [COLOMBO] South Asia’s medium-sized and secondary cities, rather than its megacities,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 09:34
PRESS RELEASE Invitation to attend the Leading Change in the City Conference in Pretoria at CSIR South Africa will host the UN HABITAT -Leading Change in the City Conference from 6 to 8 April 2016 in Pretoria at CSIR conference centre to explore approaches and strategies in the inter-related areas of tenure security and housing, livelihoods, safety, and governance. For this purpose, lessons... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 21:40
As persistent as the green movement has been, many have considered the process of building more energy-efficient buildings as a pipe dream: ideal, but not necessarily feasible given the amount of resources required on top of traditional construction and maintenance expenses. But as the clamor for a concerted change continues to grow, the government has ramped up the diversity of reasons for... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 11:56
The future is green: almost 100 million homes may run only on solar by 2020 The off-grid industry is taking hold in Asia and su-Saharan Africa, with Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia leading the way. ALMOST 100 million households worldwide may be powered by solar panels by 2020, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.  The off-grid solar market has grown to $700 million now from non-existent less... Read more