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Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 09:16
The first Earth Day was in 1970. It was created in the US to increase public awareness of environmental problems. Now, it’s celebrated every year by more than a billion people in 180 nations. Earth Day is credited with starting the environmental movement in the US and has helped sustainability become the core of development. So dire is the problem that a 2013 report from the United Nations’... Read more
Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 09:15
Developing countries are urbanizing fast. To meet the challenges that creates, city leaders must move quickly to plan, connect, and finance resilient and sustainable growth. A new World Bank report provides a framework to help. Cities are where development challenges and solutions meet. With the cities of emerging economies expected to double from 2 billion to 4 billion people between 2000 and... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 09:30
There's a lot of talking at the World Urban Forum. There's also a lot of pre-talking so that all the talking has a focus. The result is these concept papers that will guide many of the discussions in Medellín. All of which are pointed toward the general theme of the whole event: “Urban Equity in Development - Cities for Life”   Main concept paper for the WUF7 Urban Equity in Development -... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 09:07
Over 25,000 delegates have gathered in Medellin, Colombia for the seventh UN Habitats' World Urban Forum “Urban Equity in Development - Cities for Life”, where the dominant theme is equality and inclusion. Speaking at its opening of the public area, Dr Joan Clos, the UN Under-Secretary-General and UN-Habitat Executive Director, told the crowd: “There can be no sustainable development if... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 11:13
Urban areas around the world are becoming not just the dominant form of habitat for humankind, but also the engine-rooms of human and economic development as a whole. Over 50 per cent of the global population now lives in cities and it is expected that by 2050 seventy per cent (70%) of humanity will be urban. Urban population growth is predominantly taking place in cities in developing countries... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 10:07
  Calling on the international community to “get cities right” so the impacts of rapid urbanization can be better managed and sustainable development for all can be achieved, the United Nations (UN) and civil society experts said that it is how countries plan, build, and manage their cities today that will determine the outcome of global efforts to achieve a sustainable future. The UN Human... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 09:13
As cities in the developing world continue to grow, so do their traffic safety concerns. Latin America, for instance, now sees three times as many deaths from traffic crashes as Europe, the vast majority of which occur in cities. Vulnerable road users are particularly at risk: older pedestrians and cyclists can account for up to 45% of pedestrian fatalities and up to 70% of cyclist fatalities... Read more
Posted on Monday, April 7, 2014 - 10:18
As cities grow, the effect of urban sprawl on pollution, poverty, and shared prosperity is an increasing concern, underscoring the need for long-term planning to ensure urban areas are low-carbon and livable, inclusive, competitive, and resilient in the face of climate change, disasters, and other shocks. How to finance these vast needs in a rapidly urbanizing world will be discussed this week at... Read more
Posted on Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 11:13
The 12 rules of sustainable urbanism are enshrined in the Freiburg Charter, a document produced by what is possibly the world's most sustainable city; the city which won the World Habitat Award in 2013. Situated in southern Germany it has long been a beacon of sustainable urban development and has already received many awards over the last 30 years, including the European City of the Year 2010 (... Read more
Posted on Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 08:45
With rapid urbanisation, sustainable mobility patterns demand rational connection between transportation and land use planning The United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (UN HABITAT), with its headquarters in Nairobi, recently released its publication titled Planning and Design for Sustainable Human Mobility. This publication was produced as a Global Report on Human Settlements 2013. The... Read more