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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 09:16
Yusaf Samiullah Obe argues for the complexity of urban environments, stating that this is what international development organisations must apprehend and address if they are to improve the quality of urban livelihoods in a time of austerity amongst donor governments. NB: Press Cutting Service This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 09:06
Alan Gilbert doesn't believe there is one, but if one must speak of a global urban agenda, he would point to local private sector lobbies as the common force driving similar agendas in cities around the world. He discusses the role of local politics and the global urban institutions in reshaping the agenda for the world's urban citizens. NB: Press Cutting Service This article is culled from... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 11:01
The Sixth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF6) will take place in the ancient southern Italian city of Naples – Italy, from 1 to 7 September 2012 under the theme The Urban Future. UN-Habitat joins the Government of Italy, the Campania Region and the City of Naples in warmly welcoming you to attend and participate in the Forum. The world’s premier conference on cities This is largely because... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 10:49
Pocomoke City's municipal leaders are building a brand-new downtown restaurant, nestled on the banks of the Pocomoke River, completely on spec, in hopes that an accomplished chef can be lured to town and set up business. By next spring, the city officials expect to be cutting the ribbon on the 145-seat restaurant and bar. Who the tenant will be and what the menu will look like, however, remain to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 10:13
As people relax during the holidays, it is harvest time for criminals who target houses and crowded places to snatch valuables. During this festive season, crime takes various forms including burglary, car break-ins, shopping mall thefts, shopping scams, drunken fighting, drunken driving, domestic violence and petty crimes. In light of the threats facing Kenyan civilians, especially due to the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 12:35
The global South comprises more than 70 per cent of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Developing countries face tremendous challenges in halting the loss of biodiversity and mitigating the risks of biodiversity losses. For the least developed countries, the landlocked developing countries, small island developing States and Africa in general, the requirements for... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 12:22
This Thursday (22nd) Thai Airways International (THAI) is set to be the first airline in Asia to fly a commercial passenger flight using biofuels to support the Company's Travel Green initiative which is part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program. THAI will operate the first passenger biofuels flight on December 22nd from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Passengers will consist of 100... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 08:54
A UN-HABITAT slum upgrading project in Accra, Ghana has received accolades for the positive impact it has made on the life of the beneficiaries. At the culmination of a recent three day Conference for Housing Excellence the UN-HABITAT sponsored Slum Upgrading Facility project in Ashaiman- an Accra low income housing area- was judged the best social innovative housing project for the urban poor... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 10:46
Thanks to a USDv 4.6 million grant from the government of Sweden through the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), UN-Habitat this week announced the launch of the thrid phase the Kosovo Municipal Spatial Planning Support Programme. Since the end of the war in Kosovo in 1999, UN-HABITAT has been promoting good governance, security of tenure, sustainable human settlements development... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 12:03
Hamburg/Montreal, 12 December 2011. Today, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the World Future Council in Hamburg, Germany, in order to establish a framework of cooperation in promoting the implementation of the Convention and its Strategic Plan 2011 to 2020 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The World... Read more