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Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 09:24
By 2050, nearly three-quarters of the global population will live in cities. This is one of the biggest sustainability challenges and opportunities facing humanity. This week I’ve had the privilege of discussing this megatrend at the World Cities Summit in Singapore with city leaders and other key voices on urban development and sustainability.As I said today in the Summit’s Opening Plenary, my... Read more
Posted on Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 08:13
ABSTRACT Over recent decades, remarkable progress in cultivating the concepts of flood risk management has taken place across countries as diverse as India, China, Australia, the UK and the USA. This change highlights a risk management paradigm as potentially more complex than a more traditional standard-based approach as it involves ‘whole systems’ and ‘whole-life’ thinking; yet this is also its... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 09:24
Future urban population growth will take place in small to medium sized cities, requiring massive infrastructure (transport, water, sewerage, etc.) investment. However, if traditional approaches to building infrastructure continue to be adopted, they will lead to lifestyle and consumption patterns that will generate high levels of carbon emissions In the second week of April this year, the... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 08:27
Providing a detailed overview of how quality of life can be improved through engaging in more sustainable mobility practices, the recently published Thematic Guidelines offer a wealth of information, statistics and inspirational examples of good practice across Europe and beyond. The publication is a must-read for all interested in this year’s theme, and those looking to improve their European... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 09:08
After flying home from my third trip in the last 5 months as advisor to Medellín, Colombia, this trip timed with the city's hosting of the largest urban gathering on the planet, the World Urban Forum WUF7, it’s high time I shared some observations about the innovations and attitudes that are making this city a “must-watch.” The more I work with and learn about Medellín, the more I understand why... Read more
Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 08:47
Cities in developing countries with quality health, housing and water drainage systems, can more easily adapt to a changing climate, says the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. David Satterthwaite, a leading expert on human settlements and one of the two coordinating lead authors of the urban chapter in the IPCC report, told IRIN the report’s message for urban centres in... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 09:49
A Philippine city took center stage at the World Urban Forum (WUF) in Medellin, Colombia, organized by the United Nations. Cagayan de Oro City has been handpicked by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), which spearheaded the world’s premiere conference on cities, as among the nine global intermediate cities. The other eight cities are Johor Bahru on the straits of Johor... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 09:11
We have, it seems, no difficulty in dealing with the idea of cities, historically or in day-to-day life across the world. Cities are often iconic and in many ways define national identity. On the whole, we like them. We have much more difficulty coming to terms with urbanisation – the process by which cities grow and change. China has just announced its very first "urbanisation policy", while... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 10:53
This paper focuses on one of the most promising strategies water utilities can use to develop broad public support: Embracing triple-bottom-line outcomes that deliver community benefits like jobs, business opportunities, green space, safer and more beautiful streets, and other local amenities. Selected policies and programs designed to catalyze community and economic development allow water... Read more
Posted on Monday, April 28, 2014 - 08:48
ECLAC Launches a New Edition of the Handbook for Disaster Assessment Since 1972, this organization has participated in the damage evaluation of more than 90 catastrophes that were responsible for around 310,000 deaths and affected the lives of 34 million people. (April 24, 2014) The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) launched today in Jamaica the third edition of the... Read more