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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 11:43
For the first time in decades, the once polluted and ridiculed Los Angeles River is open to kayakers and canoeists this summer under a federally authorized two-month program. Prior to now, the namesake river of the nation's second largest city was too contaminated for public recreation and was deemed off-limits — but not for mockery and jokes over its condition. A state legislator opined in the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 11:25
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) last week established its first Country Programme 2011-2013 in Cuba. The programme was launched by Cuba's Vice-Minister of Foreign Trade Mr. Orlando Hernández Guillen and UN-HABITAT's Officer in Charge of the Regional Office for Latin America and Caribbean Countries Mr. Alain Grimard. It has three main work areas: urban governance and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 11:21
Officials from the Iranian city of Rafsanjani on Tuesday presented their Local Agenda 21 report to the UN-HABITAT Executive Director Dr. Joan Clos. This was in fulfillment to a promise they undertook some six months ago when they visited the agency's Nairobi headquarters. Agenda 21 is an action plan of the United Nations related to sustainable development and was an outcome of the United Nations... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 11:17
As part of activities to mark this year's International Youth Day celebrations, President Yoweri Museveni opened a Youth Centre in Arua town, in the northern part of Uganda. The International Youth Day Celebrations are held on 12th August every year and at the Arua event, the Ugandan Head of State also launched the Dream Balls project. The Youth Centres established in several towns across East... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 11:11
UN-HABITAT Executive Director Dr. Joan Clos on Friday hailed the agency's humanitarian staff and their colleagues working in disaster zones in many countries around the world. In a statement marking World Humanitarian Day, he said: "Disasters, wars and other crises affect millions every year. Today, here in the Horn of Africa over 12 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian support and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 11:08
A capacity building programme for Rwanda, as part of the second phase of Lake Victoria Water Initiative, was officially launched at a Stakeholders Workshop in Kigali on August 11th, 2011. The capacity building program, to be implemented by UN-HABITAT will provide technical assistance and training to the East African Community and the five East African Countries to ensure the effective... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 12:18
In the context of the launching of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity, the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that seeks to contribute to the implementation of the CBD Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020. The CBD Strategic Plan contains twenty targets designed to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 10:47
With 1.8 billion people predicted to live in areas of extreme water scarcity by 2025, desalination—the removal of salt from water—is increasingly being proposed as a solution. But before desalination can make a real difference solving in the looming water crisis, officials and experts need to commit to overcoming obstacles that make the process expensive and inefficient, a new paper argues.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 - 10:30
RE:NEW is a pan-London scheme designed to make it easier for all householders to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and, as a result, make homes warmer, cut fuel bills and lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions across London. The scheme applies to all types of homes across London, including owner occupied, privately rented and social housing. It is a whole-house approach that aims to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 - 10:21
As Singapore's population booms, officials are working through plans to help the city absorb its people but also provide them with adequate green space. "In Singapore’s next “green road map,” its 10-year development plan, the country aims to go from being “a garden city” to “a city in a garden.” “The difference might sound very small,” says Poon Hong Yuen, the chief executive of the country’s... Read more

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