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[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 27, 2012 - 15:08
The Dutch are bicycle fanatics. Almost half of daily travel in the Netherlands is by bicycle, while the country’s bike fleet comfortably outnumbers its 16 million people. Devotees of the national obsession have taken the next logical step by launching what is likely the first bicycle school bus. Built by Tolkamp Metaalspecials, and sold by the De Cafe Racer company, the bicycle school bus (BCO in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 27, 2012 - 09:59
20 February 2012 - To support infrastructural development in the Republic of South Sudan, 120 Japanese UNMISS engineering peacekeepers arrived at Juba International Airport today.  Present to welcome them were Japanese Ambassador to South Sudan Akinori Wada, Government Spokesperson Dr. Benjamin Marial, Minister for Roads and Bridges General Gier Chuang Aluong and Sudan People’s Liberation... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 27, 2012 - 09:12
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed several senior officials to the United Nations agencies spearheading efforts on the development and population fronts. Kate Gilmore of Australia has been appointed as one of the two Deputy Executive Directors of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), succeeding Purnima Mane. Ms. Gilmore brings to the agency more than 20 years of strategic leadership experience... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 27, 2012 - 08:56
More than half of the world’s 7 billion people now live in urban areas. What does this mean for children? UNICEF has dedicated the 2012 edition of its flagship report, The State of the World’s Children, to the situation of children growing up in urban settings. Cities are known to generate economic growth – but, as the report reveals, not all children are benefiting from urban expansion. In this... Read more
[ 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