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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 10:01
Cities all over the world are facing major crises – from failing services and mounting inequalities, to climate emergencies. And arts and culture have a surprisingly critical role in tackling these kind of urban challenges. Festivals create exciting spaces to experience art, music, culture and film. At their best, they perform a transformative role in society, celebrating traditions and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 09:18
The Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10) will take place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from 8 –13 February 2020, and registration has opened for delegates to attend. In addition the WUF10 Event applications and the WUF10 Exhibition applications are also open. Organized and convened by UN-Habitat, the Forum is one of the most inclusive international gatherings on urban... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 11:58
ACCESS to decent housing is recognised as a basic human right, as outlined in the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) . The UN outlined that decent housing does not only mean a place to stay, but it must be affordable, secure, in good location, habitable and accessible. Bank Negara states that providing adequate and affordable housing is a shared responsibility. More... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 11:40
Seeing things from a distance can help us gain new perspectives. For more than four decades, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Landsat and, since 2014, the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Sentinel satellites have captured images of Earth and helped humanity gain perspective on our planet and ourselves. Not long ago, to see and use these images, you had to fax NASA and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 11:24
While I have never professed to being able to look into the future, I have always advocated the importance of looking towards it, and planning with sufficient foresight so as to avoid costly mistakes. This is particularly important when we are considering something as critical as a country’s infrastructure asset. It is all too common for a city to build for demand that is already there and then... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 11:15
Anami Daudi, 21, lives in the impoverished Mukuru kwa Njenga neighbourhood, where he was born. He is the chairman of Amusha Mukuru Youth Group (wake up Mukuru), an organisation founded by locals in 2005 to voice their problems. The area’s challenges include lack of a clean living environment, clean water, sanitation, good roads, healthcare, schools and economic opportunities. MAROONED The... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 2, 2019 - 15:57
The Economist Intelligence Unit aims to capture the concept of "urban resilience", the ability of cities to absorb and bounce back from shocks  Tokyo was named the world's safest city on Thursday by the Economist Intelligence Unit, in an index ranking cities' ability to handle everything from climate disasters to cyber attacks. Singapore took second place after Japan's capital while another... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 2, 2019 - 15:54
World Bank report warns of the ripple effects of water pollution on the health, economies, education and agriculture of rich and poor countries alike.   Water pollution threatens nearly all the globally agreed development goals to end environmental destruction, poverty and suffering by 2030, economists warned in a report on Tuesday, citing the largest-ever database on the world's water quality.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 2, 2019 - 15:48
For the 4.3 billion people living in the Asia-Pacific region – the world’s most disaster-prone region -much is at stake during the annual monsoon season, which brings torrential rains, floods and landslides. Millions of people are affected in South Asia, particularly Bangladesh, India and Nepal. Vulnerable families and informal settlers who have built their homes in hazardous areas are often... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Monday, September 2, 2019 - 12:39
Future of Asia and Pacific Cities: Transformative Pathways to Achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development 15 - 17 October 2019 – Penang, Malaysia The Seventh Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF-7) will be held from 15-17 October 2019 in Penang, Malaysia, to mobilize partners from across the region to focus on accelerating implementation to achieve a sustainable future for cities throughout... Read more