Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 18, 2011 - 11:16
A state corporation in China has announced plans to reproduce exactly the Austrian village of Halllstadt, down to the smallest detail. Hallstad residents are both flattered and creeped out. Evidently a team of people has been documenting Hallstadt down to the brick to prepare for the reconstruction. Locals have considered suing China to protect the city's rights. Columnist David Brussat thinks... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 18, 2011 - 11:05
Urban parks have an important role to play in solving the health and fitness crisis, but too many acres of parkland are not helping people become healthier. How can park systems be designed to be better-used and live up to their potential? The Trust for Public Land has released a report, detailing numerous ways in which the park system can maximize their contributions to the health of individuals... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 15, 2011 - 13:29
As part of a new European campaign against plastic carrier bags, the head of Iceland’s Environment Agency has called on Icelanders to reconsider their relationship with plastic. The European Union is asking for ideas from the public on how to reduce Europe’s consumption of carrier bags and other plastic packaging. It is estimated that each person in Europe uses and average of 500 plastic bags per... Read more
[ Partner ] Posted on Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 06:29
The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) granted UN-HABITAT a total of $499,904 to assist victims of the cyclone Giri disaster in Myanmar. The Government of Norway did the same. They allocated $1,000,450 for the Rakhine Settlements Support Programme that aims to improve vulnerable Cyclone Giri affected communities with community-driven shelter recovery, supporting the objectives of the Post-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 14:51
Luanda, the capital of oil-rich, is the most expensive city in the world for expatriates to live in while London is now cheaper than Rio de Janeiro, Hong Kong and Sydney, a survey has revealed. The southern African city won the dubious accolade for the second year running, narrowly edging out Tokyo, which was followed in third place by the Chadian capital N'Djamena, Moscow and Geneva. Singapore... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 10:45
The UK Home Secretary has announced that the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre has reduced the threat-level from international terrorism from ‘severe’ to ‘substantial’. Announcing the change, Home Secretary Theresa May said: “Today the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) changed the UK threat level from international terrorism from severe to substantial. This means that a terrorist attack is a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 08:59
Countries around the world are struggling to make their cities’ transportation systems more efficient, effective, and ultimately reduce commuters’ dependence on their cars. This is particularly true of Brazil, a country of 190 million people that is set to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup in 12 cities scattered throughout the country. Brazil, which is roughly the size of the continental U.S., is... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 11:54
The new UN Women Executive Board met from the 27 to the 30th of June 2011 to consider the draft strategic plan for 2011 to 2013, which was formally adopted by the Board after several days of deliberation. Government delegations from across the world gathered to welcome and comment on the plan. Of particular interest to the Huairou Commission, UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 10:43
NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, UK, July 11, 2011/  Carbon neutrality is a simple concept – but one enmeshed in highly complex detail. It implies that a city should move away from using fossil fuels and reduce its waste outputs to near-zero. Several cities have started on the journey to carbon neutrality – led by the flagship urban development of Masdar city in Abu Dhabi. Some cities may eventually succeed... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 10:40
The Third African Conference on Sanitation Hygiene will draw participants from up to 50 African countries (Ministers and high-level decision makers, government officials, sector specialists and civil society organizations), international agencies and delegates from the public or private sectors, civil society, external support agencies, academia and the media. Delegates from other regions such as... Read more