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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 08:45
The developing world has, for the first time, outstripped richer economies in providing new investment in the  renewable energy sector, according to a report. And research and development (R&D) funding from government sources, at US$5 billion in 2010, for the first time overtook corporate R&D investment, according to 'Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2011', published by the UN... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 08:54
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will co-organize a special workshop on disaster risk management on March 17th during the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to be held March 15th – 19th in Montevideo, Uruguay. Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Monday, March 5, 2012 - 08:51
All the cities involved in CARE-North have developed and implemented lighthouse projects, which has allowed for an analysis of the drivers and barriers to their potential replication in cities across Europe. The final CARE-North conference will present the outcomes of the project and discuss comprehensive and practical approaches. International experts will link the topic to the EU perspective,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 - 09:28
A new European project called Central MeetBike will help to improve conditions for cycling by promoting the exchange of experiences and launching a new education programme. Until recently, the bike in the Czech Republic was perceived primarily as a piece of sports equipment and a means of relaxation and leisure. Although Czech cities have different conditions regarding friendliness to cycling,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 20:11
A major post-conflict home reconstruction and repair project in Sri Lanka marked its first anniversary this month with the announcement that to date 3,000 internally displaced families have so far been assisted. This major milestone in the Support to conflict-affected people through housing project was due largely thanks to the support of the European Union in partnership with the Australian... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 14:57
The collective attention of conservationists was last month directed towards Gigiri, Nairobi, where the United Nations Environmental Programme’s (Unep) global ministerial environmental forum debated ways to make the world as “green” as possible. Before this, Unep had already declared 2012 the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All. But while the world’s attention is fixed on these lofty... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 14:20
“Whereas, on the one hand, the problems are generated in cities, the solution is going to be generated in cities. And therefore it is of great urgency that we understand cities in a profound and predictive fashion,” says Geoffrey West, a theoretical physicist at the Santa Fe Institute, in a fantastic short documentary from Ericsson. The film, “Thinking Cities,” focuses on how cities are using ... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 13:30
Three months after the fourth high level forum on aid effectiveness, held in Busan, much uncertainty still surrounds what the vaunted new Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation might look like. It was the major news item to emerge from the conference, so this is worrying, and – with the parties dwelling on process rather than substance – some remain cynical that anything... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 10:11
The UK government is abolishing the Regional Spatial Strategies that govern planning across the country, and giving much greater power to local governments to plan their own spatial development. But with many cross-regional issues remaining and fewer funds in the coffers, will they be able to fulfil their new roles? Since 2004, the UK Planning System has followed a three-tier system defined by... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 09:19
The business world is on ‘the cusp of a major revolution’ in its understanding of disaster risk reduction as insurance industry demands force a shift from traditional accounting-based management to risk-based management, according to Rowan Douglas, CEO Global Analytics at Willis Group and vice-chairman of UNISDR's Private Sector Advisory Group. Speaking in Geneva at the second joint meeting of... Read more