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[ Event ] Posted on Monday, November 21, 2011 - 15:24
The 3rd Sustainable Phosphorous Summit will focus on "Developing a Blueprint for Sustainable Phosphorus Security." The Summit will bring together key international science, policy and industry stakeholders from different parts of the food production and consumption chain concerned about the role of phosphorus availability and accessibility in global food security, about protecting the environment... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Monday, November 21, 2011 - 15:12
The Phosphates International Conference & Exhibition is the only global event for the fertilizer, industrial and feed phosphate markets. Phosphates 2012 will bring together experts and decision makers from leading companies within the fertilizer, industrial and feed phosphate industries, giving you the perfect opportunity to hear their presentations on some of the key issues and challenges... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 21, 2011 - 11:11
In collaboration with German partners, UN-HABITAT has unveiled a new initiative aimed at addressing youth employment and empowerment. Dubbed “WorldyouthXchange for Employability & Empowerment “, the project has been developed in close collaboration with Art Consulting Agency Riegelsberger and the German Association for Post, Information Technology and Telecommunication (DVPT). It was... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 21, 2011 - 10:59
UN-HABITAT announced Friday (11November 2011) it will be expanding its successful Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation Initiative to fifteen more cities in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi, with support of US$4.2 million from the African Development Bank. The announcement came during a visit to the sites by key international government representatives to see first-hand the work in Kenya'... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 21, 2011 - 10:53
Montreal, 16 November 2011 – Yesterday, 15 November 2011, Argentina became the sixty-seventh signatory of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The Nagoya Protocol, which was opened for signature in February 2011, will enter into force 90 days after deposit... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 21, 2011 - 10:39
UN-HABITAT has teamed up with the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and the United Nations Academic Impact agency to stage a glittering urban design exhibition in the visitor's lobby of the world body's global headquarters. The exhibition showing some 60 displays from 23 countries, is open daily to the public through 9 January 2012, and is intended to depict inclusive urban design... Read more
[ Partner ] Posted on Friday, November 18, 2011 - 13:06
Access to affordable, modern energy services is a pre-requitite for sustainable development and poverty alleviation and, more specifically, for achieving each of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Lack of access to reliable, safe and mostly environmentally-friendly energy is a strong constraint on human development. Energy services can play a variety of direct and indirect roles to help... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, November 18, 2011 - 11:04
Experts detailed New York's economic, social and environmental challenges on Tuesday in "Zoning the City," an urban planning conference held in midtown. New York City Planning, Harvard's Graduate School of Design and Baruch's Real Estate Insitute sponsored the conference, which recognized the 50th anniversary of New York's first zoning resolution in 1961. But much of the talk focused on the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, November 18, 2011 - 10:12
A technology company in Maryland has developed a speed bump that captures the kinetic energy of the cars driving over it and sends it back into the grid. New Energy Technologies, the company in question, says the cost of the construction is paid back in energy created in 2-3 years: "It is targeting installations in parking lots, border crossings, exit ramps, neighborhoods with traffic calming... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Friday, November 18, 2011 - 09:57
The sustainable management biological diversity is a major concern of the international community which now realizes that this diversity is being eroded at an alarming rate due to consumptive uses of species as well as the excessive alteration of habitats owing to human activities such as cultivation, pastoralism and urbanization. The increase in human population around the world also accelerates... Read more