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Posted on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 11:04
In Lebanon, the question of hosting and ensuring protection for Syrian refugees in light of the government stance against the erection of camps has created many deliberations concerning different proposed and implemented shelter options and solutions. UN-Habitat, in partnership with the American University of Beirut’s (AUB) Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI),... Read more
Posted on Monday, January 18, 2016 - 16:49
What is the common denominator between New York, Paris, London, San Francisco, Sydney, Istanbul, Cairo, Calcutta and Shanghai? Each of these metropolises have reached a new dimension in history through the construction of strategic bridges across dividing rivers, bays and waterways. As vectors of social encounters and economic exchanges, bridges have indeed played a major role in the urbanization... Read more
Posted on Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 12:27
If cities are built the way they are financed (Renaud, 1984), then Africa’s cities are set to change. Innovation in housing finance –in terms of products, players, and approaches, not to mention target markets – is a key feature across the continent, creating new opportunities for investment and delivery. As both local and international investors chase growth opportunities in a sluggish global... Read more
Posted on Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 11:20
This Publication presents the findings of a review of land tenure security issues in fifteen (15) selected countries across Asia and the Pacific region. It aims to highlight the major land issues, challenges and opportunities as the basis for future decisions about partnerships and engagement in the land sector at sub-regional and country level. The findings are based on an extensive literature... Read more
Posted on Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 16:22
          Content Special Issue on “Urban Simulation and Modeling”Special Issue on “Urban Simulation and Modeling”   Yan Liu and Anrong Dang Editorial Introduction Special Issue on “Urban Simulation and Modeling” Miaoyi Li, Jing Deng, Lun Liu , Ying Long and Zhenjiang Shen Evacuation Simulation and Evaluation of Different Scenarios based on Traffic Grid Model and High Performance Computing Yan MA... Read more
Posted on Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 11:56
This report on the state of Asian and Pacific cities is the second in the series first published by UN-Habitat (the United Nations Human Settlements Programme) and ESCAP (the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific) in 2010 then 2011. Building on the findings and baseline data provided in the 2010 report, and in capturing both rapid change and new policy... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 09:44
The newly adopted UN Sustainable Development Goals include an important pledge to harness information and communications technologies (ICTs) to advance women’s empowerment, as well as a commitment to connect everyone in Least Developed Countries to the Internet by 2020. However, until now, estimates of the “digital divide” between women and men in use of the Internet and other ICTs have been... Read more
Posted on Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 10:29
Why has this report been written? This report seeks to stimulate the much-needed discussion on developing a better approach to assisting people in urban areas that have been affected by protracted armed conflict. It combines current research with over three decades of ICRC experience in urban areas, deriving information through focus groups and individual interviews as well as from in-depth... Read more
Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 10:41
South Asia’s urban population grew by 130 million people between 2001 and 2011, and it is forecast to rise by almost 250 million more in the next 15 years. The region has already started to see the economic growth and poverty-reduction benefits associated with urbanization; if managed properly, further urbanization offers the potential for more prosperous andlivable cities. To confirm this... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 11:38
Atlases educate, illustrate and illuminate our dynamic world In our inaugural Transforming World Atlas we have produced a series of maps to highlight BofA Merrill Lynch’s favorite cyclical and secular investment themes based on our Transforming World framework: Themes 1. People – the allocation of scarce human resources 2. Earth – the allocation of scarce natural resources 3. Innovation – the... Read more