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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 11:36
Ageing heralds a new challenge for healthcare systems in Europe for which innovative answers must be found, writes Paola Testori Coggi, Director-General of DG Sanco, the Directorate-General for Health and Consumers. In the current context of budget cuts and rising healthcare demands, securing universal access to quality healthcare remains a key priority. Europe is strongly determined to champion... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 11:23
Portland's progressive urbanism - from its smart growth restrictions, to its revived historic Pearl District and bicycle infrastructure - are the envy of cities across America. Could the city's new sustainable public toilet be its next export? Kim Murphy reports on the Portland Loo, the city's high-minded rethink of the lowly public toilet. "The solar-powered, 6-by-101/2 -foot street-corner cabin... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 10:24
The new study, "Making Cities Resilient Report 2012",  identifies political leadership as more important than a city’s wealth when it comes to protecting the lives and economic assets of cities and towns from disasters. The study takes stock of the lessons learned from the "Making Cities Resilient" campaign, where ICLEI is a staunch partner. It provides a global snapshot of how local governments... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 17, 2012 - 11:07
China has established a USD 1.6 million (RMB 10 million) fund to help train officials and professionals in African local authorities, provide new scholarships for African students in China and build better industrial  and commercial partnerships.    The announcement was made 27 August 2012 at a two-day Forum on China and Africa Local Government Cooperation attended by local government... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 17, 2012 - 11:04
UN-Habitat joined hands with Plan International and Women in Cities International at the World Urban Forum this month to launch a new programme at making cities safer for girls. The new initiative entitled, Because I am a Girl Urban Programme will start in five cities – Cairo, Delhi, Hanoi, Kampala, and Lima. “Investing in girls as part of this process will not only benefit girls themselves... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 13:22
UN-Habitat announced the launch of the implementation phase for its Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme in member countries of the Brussels-based Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group (ACP), thanks to the support of the European Commission. The announcement was made at a meeting of the sixth session of the World Urban Forum attended by slum upgrading teams from 21 countries, local and national... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 12:30
GHS 2025 is one of the partners of The Research and Documentation Centre in Technology, Architecture and City in Developing Countries (CRD-PVS) at thePolitecnico di Torino (Italy) in launching its first architectural competition entitled "Turintogreen". The vision of the competition is to design "Dwellings integrated with food production, in traditional (surface field) or innovative (vertical)... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 15:36
Following the launch of the operational component of the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme, the Kinshasa City Province contributed 250,000 USD to the overall programme budget. "I am happy to be here today, to officially present the contribution of Kinshasa Municipality. I encourage other cities to allocate resources to prioritized interventions that will ensure that citizens are living with... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 15:16
Owing to a large number of requests for extending the last date for acceptance of forms, the deadline is now 15 September 2012. To apply online, click here. If you experience difficulty with the online method, download the application from CREA's website ( and e-mail the completed form to Sushma Luthra at sluthra@creaworld.orgor to CREA at Send any queries to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 14:58
Yangon, Myanmar 11th September 2012 : The Urban Research and Development Institute (URDI) launches first training on ‘Sustainable Land Management in the Urban Context’ The Department of Human Settlements and Housing Development (DHSHD) of the Ministry of Construction and UN-Habitat in Myanmar launched yesterday the first training on urban land issues at the Urban Research and Development... Read more