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[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 27, 2012 - 08:44
UN-Habitat announced on Thursday that it is expanding its ties with the academic world in the area of urban risk reduction and rehabilitation so that a new generation of graduates undertaking field work in disaster zones around the world are better groomed in integrated urban crisis-based practice. “We are now building on past initiatives linking UN-Habitat policy and practice to academia,” said... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 00:34
Infrangili's new book published by Routledge sets out why healthy societies go hand-in-hand with resilient local places. A key focus of the applied research is the interface between the green economy and sustainable urban development. It includes contributions by multilateral agencies like the OECD and UNEP, as well as local leaders ranging from Brighton to Quito. The launch of the book coincides... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 09:19
A hundred-year-old street market in Bangalore was demolished in the dead of night last month. The colourful stalls of vendors spilling out onto the streets were illegal encroachments, but how much history and local colour is lost by enforcing the law now after so many years of peaceful coexistence? What are the memories that stay with you when you first visit a city? Sure, the restaurants,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 12:05
Crime keeps decreasing throughout the EU, but at a less steady pace than in recent years. This is one of the main conclusions of the recently published Eurostat report ‘Crime and Criminal Justice, 2006-2009’, in which statistics on various types of crime in the different Member States are monitored and analyzed. Though the trend of a decreasing crime rate is significant, notable differences... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 11:48
The first global comparison of cities in terms of innovation, technology and sustainability ranks Vienna as number 1 of so-called Smart Cities, ahead of Toronto, Paris and New York. The ranking, which was conducted by the US climate strategist Boyd Cohen and has been recently published by the online magazine Co.Exist, was based on acknowledged criteria and analysed all studies existing in this... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 11:14
The key factor to achieving sustainability is no longer money but using available resources appropriately, according to a new study published by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. The study suggests that the success of sustainability projects crucially depends on knowledge and functioning institutional structures at local, regional and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 20, 2012 - 19:52
  La selección final del jurado de ONU-HABITAT buscó ilustrar los diversos problemas de las ciudades y soluciones para contrarrestar los desafíos impuestos por el rápido crecimiento poblacional en los centros urbanos. El concurso ha recibido más de 700 fotografías provenientes de diversos países latinoamericanos. Para ilustrar esta diversidad, el jurado ha elegido destacar imágenes provenientes... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 20, 2012 - 15:59
16 February 2012 – The head of the United Nations office for disaster risk reduction has welcomed the mass earthquake drill organized by Indian authorities in Delhi yesterday and encouraged all high seismic cities to follow the city’s example to better prepare for possible catastrophes. More than 40,000 people took part in the drill to check the alertness and preparedness of the 16.7 million... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 20, 2012 - 15:49
17 February 2012 – An independent United Nations human rights expert today called on Uruguayan authorities to implement measures to provide access to health and sanitation to its poorest and most marginalized communities. “Uruguay has achieved significant progress in terms of access to water and sanitation, but it is now urgent to prioritize access for vulnerable and marginalized individuals,”... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 20, 2012 - 15:10
The world's biggest cities are discovering that it sometimes makes sense to go small. Urban centers from New York to Sao Paulo to Singapore are grappling with big challenges, including climate change, population growth and fiscal constraints. Rather than addressing these issues solely with large, centralized strategies, some are turning to more diffuse approaches. So-called micro-solutions —... Read more