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[ 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
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 11, 2012 - 10:15
Art lovers, art critics, members of the public and a presidential aspirant all converged at a Nairobi lounge on Wednesday night to witness the official opening of a unique exhibition. The exhibition by a talented Kenyan photographer Mutua Matheka aims at portraying the Kenyan capital in a positive light. He has taken artistic images of the major buildings forming the Nairobi skyline and he says... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 11, 2012 - 09:21
The European Commission (EC) has registered the first European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) online campaign Water is a human right. The campaign asks the EU to declare access to water and sanitation as a human right for all citizens in Europe (as the UN already has), setting binding targets for all Member States to achieve universal coverage in all EU countries. The ECI is an instrument which... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, June 8, 2012 - 15:17
  A rating of raters by think-tank Infrangilis shows credit rating agencies (CRAs) are failing to make the grade. ‘Rating Sovereign Raters’ is an international study comparing and contrasting the performance of CRAs to assess their rater worthiness and fitness to rate countries. The study is intended to contribute to public debate and policy development on supervision of the ratings industry... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, June 8, 2012 - 12:41
Twelve innovative housing solutions from around the world have been shortlisted as finalists in the 2012 World Habitat Awards... winners to be announced soon! This year’s World Habitat Award finalists are together improving the living conditions of people around the world, as well as generating sustainable livelihoods, increasing affordability and empowering marginalised groups: Odyssey House... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, June 8, 2012 - 12:38
Building Social and Housing Fund (BSHF) is carrying out a range of projects that are concerned to identify innovative housing practice in Europe and to encourage its transfer. These include commissioning research on relevant themes and working with the European Liaison Committee for Social Housing (CECODHAS) to support research and events to encourage the transfer of good practice. BSHF was one... Read more

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