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[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 15, 2017 - 12:02
The U.N. projects that by 2050 nearly two-thirds of the world’s population will be urban, an increase of 2.4 billion people with approximately half from rural migration. There is no doubt that cities provide a better future with rising incomes, better job opportunities and better access to higher-quality education and healthcare to its residents. If one were to give an example, the Chinese... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 15, 2017 - 11:32
Urbanisation and changing demographics have pushed the demand for housing far beyond current supply India is the grip of a housing crisis. The country’s urban housing shortage is estimated at approximately 19 million households, and, with another 230 million Indians projected to move to urban centres within the next 20 years, this shortage is set to deteriorate further. This problem is... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 15, 2017 - 10:48
Nairobi, 10 May 2017—Cameroon will host the second International Conference on Canadian, Chinese and African Sustainable Urbanization (ICCCASU-II) in December this year, it was announced Tuesday. At a press conference held on the sidelines of the ongoing 26th Governing Council of UN-Habitat, ICCCASU co-president Alioune Badiane said this would be the second such meeting, building up on the first... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 15, 2017 - 10:40
The world is rapidly urbanising. Currently, more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and by 2050, as much as 66% is projected to be urban, with much of this rise taking place in developing countries. India is no exception: 33% of the population is urban and will rise to 50% by 2050. What does this mean for the world and India’s food security, nutrition and ability to meet... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 15, 2017 - 10:25
Nairobi 9 May 2017– The 26th Session of the UN-Habitat Governing Council provided the perfect opportunity for the 2nd Gender Forum. The Gender Forum brings together women and men passionate about sustainable development, gender equality and women’s empowerment. This year the theme was ‘Achieving Gender Equality in a Fast Urbanizing World.’ The Gender Forum provided a platform for many passionate... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 15, 2017 - 09:43
NAIROBI — Although 2017 is not yet halfway over, advocates for the New Urban Agenda on sustainable cities already are looking to next year as critical for embedding the agreement aims among national governments. That’s because the recent Habitat III conference set up a timeline for how countries will report on their progress toward the global, non-binding agreement. But the summit, held in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 15, 2017 - 09:28
BONN, Germany — For the insurance industry, the global trend toward urbanization means a lot of new business. The growth of bigger, wealthier cities hints at a lot of new property that could be insured. Urbanization is also an opportunity for investment managers at insurance companies, as profits will be found in financing the energy, transport, water and other infrastructure of growing cities.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 14:27
Evenly spread over all of the world’s mountains, deserts and other terrains, we would be standing 150 metres away from our nearest neighbours. In the most densely populated cities – from Dhaka to Medellin – we’re right on top of them Cities are all about density – groups of strangers agreeing to spend their lives in close proximity, whether for protection, mutual opportunity or simply the need... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 10:31
UN-Habitat, the specialised programme of the United Nations dealing with cities, urbanisation and human settlements, which is headquartered here in Nairobi, is about to host a strategic event vital on the future of world urbanisation. This follows the UN's largest ever summit, Habitat III, that took place Ecuador, Quito, in October last year. In Quito, the United Nations adopted the New Urban... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 10:03
A University of Maryland researcher co-authored a study suggesting conservation efforts can result in more infectious diseases, while urbanization was associated with less. The study, co-authored by geographical sciences post-doctoral research associate Do-Hyung Kim, analyzed infectious diseases in 60 different countries and their potential causes, from environmental to economic factors.... Read more