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[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 7, 2014 - 09:55
Emergency officials in Solomon Islands are working hard to provide food and shelter for thousands of flood victims, with damage to infrastructure hampering response efforts. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has confirmed 17 dead in the disaster, with the toll expected to rise. Flash flooding has swept away entire residential districts and at least 23... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 7, 2014 - 09:19
The Department of State is pleased to announce members of the U.S. Delegation attending the World Urban Forum (WUF) VII, to be held April 5 - April 11, 2014, in Medellin, Colombia. Shaun Donovan, Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (Head of Delegation) Carmen Lomellin, U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (Alternate Head of Delegation)... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 7, 2014 - 09:13
EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn travels to Latin America this weekend to participate in the most important meeting point of urban policymakers worldwide. Commissioner Hahn is representing the European Union at the high-profile event, where he will share the lessons learnt in Europe's cities when tackling the common global challenges of pollution, poverty, sustainable mobility... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 7, 2014 - 09:07
The world’s climate is changing and it could mean big changes for all of us in the future, according to the foremost experts on climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a United Nations organization made up of scientist and political representatives from more than 110 governments, released a report March 25 in Japan which stated the world needs to take immediate and drastic... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 7, 2014 - 08:50
Human Settlements Minister, Connie September is confident that South Africa will meet the United Nations' Millenium Development Goals on sustainable sanitation. Speaking at the launch of the Bucket Toilet Eradication Programme in Grahamstown, September said though there are areas that are still using the bucket system, they'll be able to meet the MDG's 2015 target. A total of R40 billion in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 7, 2014 - 08:39
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) was set up shortly after the 2005 quake that killed at least 87,000 people in northern Pakistan to act as the “implementing, coordinating and monitoring body” for disaster management. What the government wanted was an NDMA that stands ready to pre-empt and respond to natural disasters as they occur. Did it get it? Opinions vary. “Right now, we... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 4, 2014 - 09:49
The Solomon Islands Government says at least 16 people have died in flash flooding that has left thousands homeless in the capital, Honiara. Government spokesman George Hemming has told the ABC search and rescue efforts are ongoing, but are hampered by heavy rain and the huge waves that are battering the coastline. Mr Hemming says 16 bodies were recovered on Friday morning and an unconfirmed... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 4, 2014 - 09:25
The federal government is establishing Urban Planning and Policy Centre at the Planning Commission of Pakistan with an aim to promote sustainable Urban development in the country, Federal Minister for Planning Development and Reform, Prof, Ahsan Iqbal said here Wednesday. “Pakistan is fastest urbanizing country in South Asia, so considering the rapidly growing population and corresponding... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 4, 2014 - 09:20
An international agency, WaterAid Nigeria, has revealed that around 63 million Nigerians (nearly 40 per cent of the total estimated population of 160 million persons) lack access to potable water. The Country Representative for the agency, Mr. Michael Ojo, who stated this in Abuja at a road walk to mark the recent 2014 United Nation's World Water Day, added that ten per cent of 783 million... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 4, 2014 - 08:47
The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors approved a US$90 million loan to the Republic of Belarus for an additional financing to the ongoing Water Supply and Sanitation Project. The project helps to increase access to and improve the quality of water supply and wastewater services in eight cities of the country and support the modernization of the sector, according to the World Bank... Read more