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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 11:42
To avoid the worst consequences of global warming, report after report has stressed the importance of cutting emissions. But with unusually intense weather events wreaking havoc all over the world — from Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas to heat waves in Europe — new findings suggest that the world needs to devote an equally urgent effort to adapt to the changes that are already on the horizon. The... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 11:02
Some 60% of the planet's expected urban area by 2030 is yet to be built. This forecast highlights how rapidly the world's people are becoming urban. Cities now occupy about 2% of the world's land area, but are home to about 55% of the world's people and generate more than 70% of global GDP, plus the associated greenhouse gas emissions.   So what does this mean for people who live in the tropical... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 10:31
The US state department’s recently unveiled plan to redevelop the 28-acre US Embassy Complex in New Delhi has reignited the debate surrounding circular economics in the building and construction industry. The redevelopment plan, conceptualised by New York-based architectural firm Weiss/Manfredi, envisions several new additions to the 61-year-old campus: an office building for the ambassador and... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 10:18
As a prelude to a decade in which much is at stake, the Local and Regional Governments Forum represents an opportunity to take stock of the lessons learned until now, and to explore new ways in which successful local, national and international policies can be scaled up. This Forum will collaborate closely and create substantive connections to the cities and local action dimension of the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 08:46
With the support by the United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund, UN-Habitat, in collaboration with the Institute of Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) recently launched the project “Scaling up Safe Street Designs in Ethiopia”. The launch event was well attended by government representatives from the Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Urban Development and Construction, Federal Transport... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 9, 2019 - 14:26
In Chennai and Harare today, millions of Indians and Zimbabweans find themselves short of water. History, unfortunately, is repeating. São Paulo, in 2014, nearly drained its main reservoir as officials sluggishly responded to a drought. Cape Town came close to doing the same last year when dry weather exposed the fragility of a water system that relied primarily on rainfall. What is the next... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 9, 2019 - 12:03
Since the industrial revolution, technology has boosted the development of our societies in ways we never seen before. We tackled some of the biggest challenges of our era: the production of food, the eradication of diseases, and the expansion of transport and communication systems. But this form of development has come at a cost and has become, perhaps, the greatest threat of our time. The... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Monday, September 9, 2019 - 11:18
World Habitat Day, observed on the first Monday of October each year, supports UN-Habitat’s mission towards transformative change in cities and human settlements – to leave no one and no place behind. Building on last year’s theme “Municipal Solid Waste Management” UN-Habitat is this year promoting the contribution of innovative frontier technologies to sustainable waste management to achieve... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 9, 2019 - 11:09
NAIROBI - Thousands of people are being removed from Kenya's largest forest, a senior official said on Thursday, in a controversial move aimed at saving the country's most important "water tower", which has been decimated by decades of corruption. Authorities say thousands of illegal settlers have invaded the Mau forest in Kenya's southwestern Rift Valley over the years, cutting down trees to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 9, 2019 - 11:00
BANGKOK - Asian cities are switching to electric vehicles in a bid to tackle worsening air quality, cut climate changing emissions, and expand their public transport networks, climate experts said on Friday. Transport is the fastest-growing source of climate-warming greenhouse gases, with the vast majority of projected increases expected to come from developing Asia by 2030, according to the... Read more