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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 11:58
Many members of the Zimbabwe Homeless People’s Federation were among the victims of Zimbabwe’s infamous Operation Murambatsvina in 2005. Then, over 700,000 were displaced nationwide by a government program of evicting primarily informal urban dwellers. Since then, the Federation has rebuilt its membership by mobilizing new savings schemes, and reconstituting old ones. There are currently over 42,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 11:26
SDI federations have long understood the strategic importance of brokering partnerships with local government. This stems from the understanding that in order to scale up federation practices, experiences, and learning, the formal government has to be engaged actively. At the end of April, SDI’s Zimbabwean affiliate federation — Zimbabwe Homeless People’s Federation — and support organization —... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 10:58
After three years of mobilising savings groups, fighting evictions, and building links with government, the Sierra Leone Federation of the Urban and Rural Poor (FEDURP-SL) officially launched on 16 February. The ceremony was attended by approximately 400 members of the Federation from four cities: Freetown, Bo, Makeni, and Kenema. The Federation now numbers about 1, 500 in total, with most of the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 10:21
In January, the South African Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI) Alliance affirmed a vision to build city-wide networks of informal settlement communities that mobilize to upgrade their settlements. Nearly six months later, about 30 representatives of the Alliance partners — the Informal Settlement Network (ISN), Federation of the Urban and Rural Poor (FEDUP), Community Organisation Resource... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 12:27
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina: Hundreds of citizens in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) got together to celebrate World Environment Day on June 5th. To mark this occasion, United Nations agencies, ministries, municipalities, towns, schools and non-governmental organizations around the country organized clean-ups of parks, squares, school yards and picnic areas, as well as exhibitions and various... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 10:42
An old disused airport in Brooklyn will be converted into an urban campground, expanding from its current 5 campsites to more than 600. The former airport is owned by the National Parks Service, which is hoping to provide more wilderness space to city dwellers and offer an affordable alternative to vacationing. "'We want to make New York the leading example of what we can do around the country... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 10:28
EU climate commissioner Hedegaard credits local government for 'green economy' ambitions. Europe’s cities stand ready to deliver ‘green growth’ by fostering jobs and wealth creation while reducing carbon footprints. That was the message of a meeting in Copenhagen today between EU climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard and mayors of leading EU cities. Recognised around the world for pioneering... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 10:17
The new country of Southern Sudan, officially declaring its independence in July, will have help from the national development arm of South Korea in building a proposed new capital city. The state-run developer has pledged to serve as the main consultant in the process of building what's proposed to be a brand new city. "Under the agreement with the government of Southern Sudan, LH Corp said it... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 27, 2011 - 10:10
UN-HABITAT's Executive Director, Dr. Joan Clos, joined ESADE Business School Professor Javier Solana, and personalities from a range of cities around the world for a day of talks earlier this month on the implications of a rapidly urbanizing world. Source: UN-HABITAT
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 27, 2011 - 10:02
Professor Dr. Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol of Thailand on Wednesday June 22, graced the opening of the Fifth Asia Pacific Forum with a clarion call for the urgent need for a green economy and a comprehensive framework for its implementation. She made the appeal in opening remarks to some 700 delegates gathered at the Bangkok headquarters of the United Nations Economic and Social... Read more

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