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[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 18, 2016 - 11:47
The role that architecture can play in creating cities that are more sustainable and liveable - a vital element of the United Nations 2030 Agenda, in which economic inclusion, social development and environmental protection converge in a universal roadmap for global action - was in the spotlight at UN Headquarters today as this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate discussed his work and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 16:03
Late last year, Chinese officials reactivated a machine of the state that had lain idle for almost four decades. The government reconvened its Central Urban Work Conference and gave it a crucial task — to report back on how to revamp and revitalize the nation’s growing, and choking, cities. When the expert group issued its recommendations last month, it backtracked on many of the country’s... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 11:16
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will vote this week on whether to publish a first-ever special report on cities and climate change.The world’s key body on the science around climate change is set this week to decide on whether to take a step that could do much to formalize the role of cities in combating climate change and build upon surprise progress made at the Paris climate... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 10:04
At the Habitat III European Regional Meeting in Prague, representatives of UCLG/the Global Taskforce and the LSE officially handed over the Habitat III Policy Paper produced by Policy Unit 4 to the Secretary-General of the Conference, Joan Clos, and the Bureau of the Preparatory Committee. UCLG, the Global Taskforce and the LSE co-led Policy Unit 4 on Urban Governance, Capacity and Institutional... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 09:35
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said the world needs a new vision for urbanization – a “New Urban Agenda” – to help protect the environment and limit climate change. In October, all Heads of State and Government of the United Nations are invited to the Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development. Known as Habitat III, the four-day conference will take place in Ecuador’s capital,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 10:39
The Thematic Meeting on Public Spaces held in Barcelona between 4-5 April co-ordinated a series of academic and activist initiatives to reach a global definition of public space in preparation for the UN Habitat III meeting to be held in Quito in October 2016. Delegates participated in plenary and thematic sessions, and side events which documented research, design and experience from the highly... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 09:59
Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says rapid urbanisation continues to hamper government's goals to eradicate informal settlements in the country. Sisulu says over 1.8 million people in the country still live in informal settlements. This is despite government creating housing opportunities for four million people.  Sisulu has been addressing delegates at the Habitat Three Thematic... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 11, 2016 - 10:56
The Habitat III thematic meeting on informal settlements kicked off in Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday. The thematic meeting is a precursor to the UN conference on housing and urban sustainable development, Habitat III, to be held in Quito, Ecuador in October. Informal settlements and housing should be one of the top priorities for the New Urban Agenda, said Dr Joan Clos, UN Secretary General... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 8, 2016 - 09:59
Cities have never had it so good. More than half of the world’s population already lives in cities and indications are that over two-thirds will be urbanized by the middle of the century. Major global cities like London, New York and Singapore now dominate the world economy. But why have cities been so successful in the 21st century? In fact, why do they even exist? In the 1990s, when the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 14:25
The role that architecture can play in creating cities that are more sustainable and liveable - a vital element of the United Nations 2030 Agenda, in which economic inclusion, social development and environmental protection converge in a universal roadmap for global action - was in the spotlight at UN Headquarters today as this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate discussed his work and... Read more

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