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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 13:59
The Government of Sudan and UN-Habitat this week organised a workshop to deliberate on urban and regional planning of the Darfur region. The workshop was held under the aegis of the Ministry for Environment, Forestry and Physical Development of Sudan whose minister Mr. Hassan Abdelgadir Hilal, emphasised the need for the government and UN-Habitat to double their efforts in the coming months and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 12:19
Lots of 'solutions' get presented at events like the Urban and Housing Development conference in Cape Town, but can a model really provide a sustainable solution if it excludes large parts of the city? Does a partial solution help solve a problem or merely perpetuate existing inequalities? Last month in Cape Town saw the convening of Urban and Housing Development, a three-day global conference of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 09:16
With Montrouis celebrating its Grand Opening (the be-all, end-all of openings, see below), three Students Rebuild schools remain under construction, in various states of...Wall Phase. At this point, Elie, Pele and HOK will start being somewhat hard to distinguish. Concrete block may not be glamorous in and of itself - a building's character tends to emerge towards its completion. (Montrouis is a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 10:04
Today marks 100 days to the opening of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Commonly referred to as Rio + 20, the meeting  will take place in Brazil on 20-22 June 2012 to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in Rio de Janeiro, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 09:57
UN-Habitat and the European Commission (EC) have signed an agreement to begin a new project that encourages cities to lower their emissions as they grow and the international local government member association, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, will serve as the main implementing partner. The project entitled 'Promoting Low Emission Urban Development Strategies in Emerging Economy... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 12, 2012 - 11:21
The City Council of Nairobi and UN-Habitat last week held a four day workshop on revitalizing public spaces within the Kenyan city. The workshop that ran from the 28th February to 2nd March 2012, identified two public spaces, Silanga Community Center in Kibera slums and Jevanjee Gardens in the central business district, as pilots for demonstrating how accessible and inclusive public spaces can... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 12, 2012 - 10:44
*/     Dear Readers Welcome to the first newsletter for the Global Energy Network for Urban Settlements (GENUS) hosted by UN-HABITAT. The network was created to encourage and support the design and implementation of affordable energy projects for the urban poor world-wide. The GENUS is a dynamic partnership of institutions to promote collaboration among the public and private sectors... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 - 12:48
Experts say Vietnam needs to improve its urban planning and management to cope with severe traffic jams.Speaking of the chronic issue on the sidelines of the Vietnam-Japan Urban Development seminar in Hanoi recently, Yoshio Wada, head of the department for economic infrastructure and urban and regional development of Japan, suggested developing satellite cities around core urban areas to ease... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 - 09:24
The strongest space weather storm in five years struck Earth on Thursday, causing some airlines to reroute their flights, threatening power disruptions and sparking a show of the northern lights. NASA and other agencies warned that the storm had the potential to disrupt global positioning systems, satellites and power grids, and had already caused some air carriers to change their planes' polar... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 12:26
President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya on Tuesday officially launched the 382 million US dollars Kibera People Settlement Development project that will result in the construction of 900 housing units. While launching the project, President Kibaki thanked UN-Habitat Executive Director Dr. Joan Clos who was present and his team for their support towards the slum upgrading programme. The project also... Read more