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Posted on Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 10:07
This is the latest report from Greenpeace that highlights companies are working to build a green Internet by powering our online world with renewable energy. Source: Greenpeace NB: Press Cutting Service This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 11:25
The 2015 edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR), titled Water for a Sustainable World, demonstrates how water resources and services are essential to achieving global sustainability. ‘Water is at the core of sustainable development’.  Water resources, and the range of services they provide, underpin economic growth, poverty reduction and environmental sustainability.... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 10:22
In commemoration of Mother’s Day, Save the Children is publishing its 16th annual State of the World’s Mothers report with a special focus on our rapidly urbanizing world and the poorest mothers and children who must struggle to survive despite overall urban progress. Every day, 17,000 children die before reaching their fifth birthday. Increasingly, these preventable deaths are occurring in city... Read more
Posted on Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 15:58
The World Happiness Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness. The first report was published in 2012, the second in 2013, and the third on April 23, 2015. Leading experts across fields – economics, psychology, survey analysis, national statistics, health, public policy and more – describe how measurements of well-being can be used effectively to assess the progress of nations... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 10:35
The UN-Habitat Global Activities Report formally the Operational Activities Report is an historical progress report to the Governing Council that takes into account the development made in addressing the UN-Habitat’s project portfolio at the national, regional and global levels. The Agency’s work has been more focused on promoting national urban policy reforms alongside building institutional and... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 10:31
The World Urban Forum is the world’s premier conference on urban issues. It was established by the United Nations to examine one of the most pressing issues facing the world today: rapid urbanization and its impact on communities, cities, economies, climate change and policies. The Forum is organized and convened by the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 10:15
The report looks into Aberdeen city’s architecture and infrastructural evolution over the years. It examines the processes of renewing old infrastructure and bringing them to maximum utilization in today’s age of technologically driven cities. Relying on secondary literature, observations and facilities inspection, and discussions with some of the city’s residents, the report reviewed the... Read more
Posted on Friday, April 10, 2015 - 11:02
Given the substantial growth in new construction in economies in transition, and the inefficiencies of existing building stock worldwide, if nothing is done, GHG emissions from buildings will more than double in the next 20 years. Therefore, if global targets for GHG emissions reduction are to be met, it is essential that mitigation of GHG emissions from buildings must be on every national... Read more
Posted on Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 08:43
Urban Planning for City Leaders is a valuable source of information, inspiration and ideas on urban planning that is designed for city leaders and decision makers at a critical moment in human history. Predicted human population growth over the next 50 years will have immense consequences for all cities, in particular intermediate cities with populations of up to two million people. Developed... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 15:40
This publication takes a retrospective look at how ten cities have grown and evolved using the planned city extension approach. The cities presented are very different: they are in developed or developing countries; they were built in the 17th or 20th centuries; they are neighbourhoods or complete cities; they house the rich and the poor. However, they also have common aspects that serve to... Read more