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Posted on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 09:02
This third report in the Turn Down the Heat series covers three World Bank regions: Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC); the Middle East and North Africa (MENA); and parts of Europe and Central Asia (ECA). The focus is on the risks of climate change to development. While covering a range of sectors, special attention is paid to projected impacts on food and energy systems, water resources, and... Read more
Posted on Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 09:14
As we approach the Millennium Development Goals deadline, the lessons, successes and remaining challenges are becoming increasingly clear. This report highlights what we have achieved on water and sanitation, and where we need to accelerate efforts. Source: UNICEF NB: Press Cutting Service This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by... Read more
Posted on Monday, December 1, 2014 - 15:42
The evaluation conducted from July through October of 2013, was managed expertly by the Evaluation Unit in close consultation with the Research and Capacity Building Branch. This evaluation took place against the background of: (1) A decision by UN-Habitat’s Management Board to discontinue both flagship reports as currently produced and published and, instead, to prepare a single flagship report... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 09:54
Access to safe drinking-water and basic sanitation is essential to human health and survival. But for many people living in low-resource settings, these vital services remain out of reach. The UN-Water GLAAS 2014 Report, Investing in Water and Sanitation: Increasing Access, Reducing Inequalities is the third biennial GLAAS report. It presents data from 94 countries, covering all MDG regions. It... Read more
Posted on Monday, November 24, 2014 - 15:43
A key finding of this report is “the expansion of cities has been accompanied by changes in land use, both in terms of form as well as structure. Streets, as public spaces, have lost their importance in terms of their share of land, as well as their prominent role in shaping the culture and history of cities.”  Another key finding of this report is “prosperous cities are those that recognize the... Read more
Posted on Monday, November 24, 2014 - 15:40
This publication (in the form of a Strategy Paper) highlights the global problem of slums and advocates for using streets as tools for urban transformation. A street-led approach to citywide slum upgrading is promoted which advocates for a shift from piecemeal project based to programme scale upgrading. This publication draws from many slum upgrading experiences worldwide and encourages a... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 09:39
‘A child-friendly city is where a city is able to provide the children rights and protection,and there is no violation towards the children.’ – Dio, Surabaya Just Cities for Children: Voices from Urban Slums highlights World Vision’s experience in supporting children to express their ideas for a better city to key decision makers on a global platform, and in mainstreaming child participatory... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 10:08
By Graça Machel This report from Oxfam is a stark and timely portrait of the growing inequality which characterizes much of Africa and the world today. Seven out of 10 people live in countries where inequality is growing fast, and those at the top of society are leaving the rest behind. Addressing the gap between the richest people and the poorest, and the impact this gap has on other pervasive... Read more
Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014 - 11:16
A new report from the United Nation's panel of climate scientists offers little in the way of surprises: Climate change, it says, is almost entirely man-made; it will be irreversible if nothing is done soon; and reducing greenhouse gases to zero this century may be necessary to reverse its effects. This isn't surprising. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's final volume, dubbed the "... Read more
Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014 - 11:03
The Pentagon recently released a new report sounding the alarm on the national security threats posed by climate change. Like previous reports on the subject, this one makes clear that Department of Defence (DoD) planners believe that global warming will seriously challenge our nation’s military forces. The report finds that, “rising global temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, climbing... Read more