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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - 08:45
Reproductive health is at the very heart of development and crucial to delivering the UNFPA vision - a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. Universal access to reproductive health by 2015 is also one of the targets of the Millennium Development Goals. But we have a long way to go. Reproductive health problems remain the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 - 10:10
Across the borders, the Republic of Rwanda celebrated its birthday marking 50 years of independence from the yoke of its French colonizers. World leaders attended the celebrations marking a journey of resilience. Reporter Willis Raburu attended the celebrations in Kigali which also offered lessons for other African countries. “50 years is a short time in the life of a nation, but it is long... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 - 09:20
Malaysia's longest-serving Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad has been named the recipient of 2012 Rafik Hariri UN-Habitat Memorial award, recognizing leadership, statesmanship and good governance. The Award’s steering committee announced the winner on Monday in Paris after an international jury selected Dr. Mohamad over 13 other nominations from Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, United States,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 - 09:15
The Government of Kingdom of Bahrain has made a donation of USD 1 million to the Technical Cooperation Trust Fund of the Special Human Settlements Programme for the Palestinian People. The contribution came in response to a resolution of Member States in the Governing Council which oversees UN-Habitat’s work programme and budget. The funds provided mark the fourth contribution for Palestinian... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 11:40
Join the next biggest European event following Rio+20. Governance and finance for sustainable development will be at the forefront of the 7th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns, which will take place in the City of Geneva, a global leader in international finance and trade, and international diplomacy and cooperation.   The City of Geneva, its local partners, as well as the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 10:19
Africa’s cities are growing very rapidly. By 2050, it is projected that over 1.2 billion people (60 percent of all Africans) will live in urban areas. For the UN’s Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the challenges are to help Africans to better harness the productive potential of their cities and to cope with the increased demands for municipal services and decent housing, so that more and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 12:12
Rio de Janeiro 22 June 2012. The nations of the world have recognized the crucial role ofbiodiversity in ensuring sustainable development in the outcome document of the Rio + 20conference and called for greater efforts to implement the Convention on Biological Diversity. The outcome document, entitled: “The Future we Want,” agreed by heads of state in Rio deJaneiro reiterated the international... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 11:20
Prime Minister Julia Gillard today announced that Australia will provide more funding to help millions of people in developing countries access clean water and sanitation. For people in developing countries, the simple act of hand-washing can mean the difference between life and death. Pneumonia, trachoma, scabies, skin and eye infections, diarrhoea: the risks posed by these diseases are... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 10:21
Post-independence Rwanda was characterized by divisionism, prejudice and hatred among the citizens, climaxing at the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, during which over a million people died in a period of 100 days. July 4, 1994 marked the beginning of a new chapter for the country after the Rwandese Patriotic Army (RPA) rebels, now Rwanda Defence Forces, led by now-President Paul Kagame, took... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 08:13
ICLEI’s evaluation of the outcomes of Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development which took place in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) from 20 - 22 June 2012, focuses on the organisation’s involvement in three key aspects of the summit. The document highlights ICLEI’s advocacy role, the organisation of the Rio+20 Global Town Hall, and the participation of ICLEI’s political leadership and senior... Read more