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[ 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
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 27, 2011 - 09:43
More than 77 countries and representatives of international organizations including UN-HABITAT attended the annual meeting of the African Development Bank early June in a new quest for sustainable growth on the continent. In his opening speech, the Bank President, Mr. Donald Kaberuka, emphasized the need to promote growth that benefits everyone. The theme of the gathering was, "Towards an agenda... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, June 24, 2011 - 13:47
Los Angeles, Cincinnati and San Francisco are tackling major urban problems quickly and effectively. This post argues that Seattle can learn much from these efforts. As Seattle battles over whether to build a new waterfront tunnel, this post argues that it can learn a lot from three problem-solving cities. "Is this extreme? Is this harmless? Is Seattle fiddling while its economy and its... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, June 24, 2011 - 09:52
The Asia Pacific region experienced more than its fair share of natural disasters in the first quarter of 2011; but what impact have these events had on attitudes to BCM in the region, and what lessons have been learned? Ernst & Young, Australia, has provided a paper which explores these questions. Highlights: - The resolve of leaders has been strengthened to drive the development of business... Read more

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