Urban Themes

[ Opportunities ] Posted on Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 18:44
  Do you have a programme or project which has resulted in the improvement of the living environment of urban dwellers? UN-Habitat and Dubai Municipality offer you an opportunity for global recognition through the Dubai International Award for Best Practices  to Improve the Living Environment. THE DUBAI INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR BEST PRACTICES TO IMPROVE THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT  The 9th... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 11:15
In recognition of the need to complement Parties’ uptake of decision X/22 and the associated Plan of Action on Subnational Governments, Cities and Other Local Authorities for Biodiversity (2011-2020), the City of Edmonton, Canada, has formally aligned its own city-wide planning with the decision. This kind of contributive effort by local government is being supported nationwide in Canada by the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 11:05
Biodiversity experts and officials from across the Central Asia region are meeting in Istanbul from 17 to 20 October 2011 to work towards implementing the Nagoya Biodiversity Compact at the Regional Workshop on Updating National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs). The workshop is organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 16:00
La problemática habitacional en la Argentina es un fenómeno complejo. Tiene diversas manifestaciones y responde a varias causas. Se destacan la dificultad para acceder a una vivienda propia para los sectores más postergados y una amplia franja de los de ingreso medio, los graves problemas para acceder a un lote, la expulsión de los sectores populares de las ciudades, la carencia de... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 15:39
PERAD Society is organizing a publicity and awareness workshop in Nepal based on the theme "Better City Better Life". The expected number of participants is 75.
[ Document ] Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 15:30
“City halls around the world are beginning to feel the effect of an unheralded revolution. New mayors with new policies are coming in. National governments are starting to loosen their grip. The result is a yeasty period of experimentation which may yet prove that the problems of cities can be overcome.” This may be a somewhat optimistic reading for most city leaders all over the world, but it... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 14:40
Sustainable urban governance needs to be participatory. Municipal decision-making processes have to be responsive, transparent and inclusive, they should also actively promote citizen involvement. While the concept of participatory urban governance is increasingly popular in Western societies, in East-Central Europe it struggles to overcome the complex effects of system transformation. The Polish... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 17, 2011 - 12:09
Paul Gianakas saw a business opportunity in the cars of the future. To finance it, he had to part with cars of the past. His 1965 Chevrolet El Camino left the garage and never came back. His 1968 Ford Mustang moved on to greener driveways. The sale of those two hot rods and several others helped raise the $100,000 that Mr. Gianakas needed to launch Ecofriendly LLC, a 3-year-old company in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 17, 2011 - 11:45
If you think of gas stations as grubby, oil-stained eyesores that stand for energy consumption rather than conservation, check out Beaverton’s new Highland Chevron and Extra Mile, at Murray and Allen boulevards. And if your idea of a gas station owner conjures up a gruff, seen-it-all-before type in a grease-soaked Carhartt shirt, well, meet Bob Barman, the station’s gregarious, green-conscious... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Friday, October 14, 2011 - 11:05
The 1st International Environment Forum for basin organizations will focus on Freshwater Governance Beyond Rio + 20: Meeting the Sustainability Challenge. It will create a platform for basin organizations from all around the globe to work together towards strengthening the governance and management of transboundary basins through the adequate consideration and integration of environmental aspects... Read more