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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 11:05
A social networking initiative of the Brazilian Government (supported by the United Nations), the "Rio Dialogues" is an attempt to create a bridge between civil society and the official proceedings of Rio+20. Thousands of participants from non-governmental organizations, academia and Governments have already used this forum to come up with 100 recommendations in 10 critical areas: water, oceans... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 10:52
In the run up to the Rio+20 Conference, organized by United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) , an interactive map on Green economy policies, practices and initiatives has been published! You may filter the content by type of organization (government or non-government), geographic areas or priority areas. This underscores the concept of green economy in the context of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 09:49
The Democratic Republic of Congo is committed to land reforms, the newly appointed Minister in Charge of Lands of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Professor Robert Mbwinga Bila, confirmed. Speaking during a recent courtesy visit by a UN-Habitat team, the minister further indicated the need for an inclusive and participatory process. The statement comes barely five months after President... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 09:46
UN-Habitat in collaboration with UNESCO this week held an advocacy seminar on 'Healthy Schools-Healthy Settlements' to encourage healthy hygiene practices among school children. The objective of the event was to empower informal settlements and strengthen the capacity of schools in promoting behavioral change. The seminar focused on empowering children and schools as actors of behavioral change... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 09:42
The Group of Friends for Sustainable Cities on Monday, 21st May,  hosted the High Level Meeting event Sustainable Cities: Rio+20 and Beyond, in collaboration with UN-Habitat. The Group of Friends for Sustainable Cities is a group of 29 countries co-chaired by Sweden and Singapore who have been leading the global dialogue on the critical role of the cities and the importance of sustainable urban... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 09:20
The winners of three prize-winning urban projects which came out on top at the Lebanon Municipal Urban Forum 2012, will be sent to the sixth session of the World Urban Forum in Naples in September to share their best practices. The Lebanon Municipal Urban Forum 2012 was held at the UNESCO Palace on June 8 and 9, 2012 under the theme: Communication, Networking and Experience Exchange. The event... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 09:13
Rio +20, a major international environmental conference to be held in Brazil this month, is being billed by its organizers as a "once in a lifetime" opportunity to safeguard our planet for generations to come. For three days from June 20, scores of world leaders and tens of thousands of people from all over the world will descend on Rio de Janeiro in the hope of reaching consensus on how to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 10:51
Community conservation efforts, like protection of the largest uninhabited island in the Pacific by the Tetepare Island people, have won increasing recognition on the international stage: …… in the Arctic, indigenous knowledge holders and scientists worked together on the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment report of 2005 …the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN DRIP) was formally... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Monday, June 11, 2012 - 12:18
The vision of the World Smart Capital concept is to identify and share successful urban innovations across cities worldwide while demonstrating how governments, industries, educational institutions and citizens are working individually and in concert to revitalize and invent their urban environment with help from urban technologies, ICT and smart systems. This international gathering will bring... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 11, 2012 - 10:47
A group of Finnish cyclists has set up a therapy group on Facebook after getting frustrated with cars parking in cycle lanes. The Facebook group is called "Minä pysäköin pyörätielle" (I am parking on the bikeway). The group was first established by the cycle activist Hannu Oskala who noticed the problem of cars parked in the cycle lane in front of his home on a daily basis. The group was first... Read more