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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - 16:03
Dr. Joan Clos, UN-Habitat Executive Director and UN Under Secretary General, called for national urban policies to help countries to face rapid urbanization without economic growth, resulting in increasing poverty and inequality. Clos, who has participated at a Ford Foundation forum marking its 75th anniversary to speak about urban leadership on the global stage, has pointed out that next October... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - 15:57
The Vice-President and the Minister for Home Affairs of the Republic of Kenya, His Excellency Kalonzo Musyoka; the Commissioner of Prisons, Isaiah S.M. Osugo; Robert Goodwin, Chief of UN-HABITAT Lake Victoria Programme; and S.M.F. Karioki, Chairman of Global Victims Support Programme, have inaugurated a new water and sanitation facility for the staff and inmates of Kisii Prison. The project is... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - 14:30
Meeting in the Nigerian capital Abuja last week, youth from various African countries laid an emphatic demand on world leaders - justice, dignity and real empowerment. Meeting over three days, the young people deliberated on theme of the First African Urban Youth Assembly 'Youth and Prosperity of Cities.' Discussions at the Assembly sought to inspire, empower and enable youths to learn from a... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Monday, August 1, 2011 - 15:22
Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities, megacities or conurbations. Increasing urbanisation is dramatically fuelling the global challenges of climate change, resource scarcity and population growth. Thereby, ecological and economic risks for the cities arise, initialising at the same time development potential for international industry. Visitors of UrbanTec are... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 1, 2011 - 14:58
Concerns about possible electricity shortages are growing across Japan due to power plants closing down as a result of the Great East Japan Earthquake. To avoid a large-scale blackout caused by the power shortages, Kanagawa Prefecture, in cooperation with its municipal governments, conducted a “Power-Saving Challenge” campaign wherein governments, business operators and residents together aimed... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Monday, August 1, 2011 - 14:45
The Environmental Pollution and Human Health Working Group (EPHHWG) Conference & Expo 11 themed “Impacts of the Global Recession on Sustainable Development", Global Warming Policy and Markets will provide a platform to discuss the future opportunities and challenges related to the design, development and commercialisation of low carbon innovation, technologies, products and services Other... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 1, 2011 - 09:48
Developers in Sweden plan to use the several aquifers already located underneath Stockholm's streets to heat and cool the buildings located above them. From This Big City: "Since water has an ability to store heat or cold, these aquifers work a bit like a thermos. The idea, more or less, is to pump up cold water in the summer to cool buildings above ground. This makes the water temperature rise a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 1, 2011 - 09:36
On 1 July 2011, the European bank Dexia published a study on trends in subnational public finance in the European Union between 2000 and 2010, with an overview of the finances and institutions of the subnational public sector in the 27 EU member states. This 2011 edition is available in English and French, and presents provisional data for 2010 and a retrospective of the last ten years.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 29, 2011 - 14:25
Making urban data available is important, but not as important as presenting that data in a digestible way, according to this piece from Change Observer. Phil Patton reviews "Intelligent Cities", a new effort by The National Building Museum, Time magazine and the Rockefeller Foundation to improve urban design and create "smart" cities. "What is critical in making cities “smart” is not just data... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Friday, July 29, 2011 - 14:03
The 2011 Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy, jointly organized by the Institute for the Environment and the Water Institute at UNC, will consider drinking water supply, sanitation, hygiene and water resources in both the developing and developed worlds with a strong public health emphasis. The main conference themes include: Freshwater Availability & Climate Change;... Read more