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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 08:22
UN-Habitat and ICLEI on Friday signed an agreement with the city of Suwon in Korea to host the world's first Eco-Mobility Festival. The five-week festival will present a real-life vision of car-free urban living in the future. It will see a neighborhood in Suwon turn into an eco-mobile neighborhood, with Suwon's residents playing an active role. "With this festival, we will work together to show... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 25, 2012 - 10:52
On a slab of dusty land near the city of Jericho, rows of solar panels are being installed and tested. Eventually, there will be 2,600 of them in the 11.5 hectare (28 acre) area, providing around 300kW a day to help power the Jericho Agro-Industrial Park (Jaip), a public-private enterprise designed to boost the economic fortunes of the Palestinian territories. Companies, mainly small- and medium-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 25, 2012 - 10:33
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has launched a ‘Zero Hunger Challenge’ which invites all countries to work for a future where every individual has adequate nutrition and where all food systems are resilient.“In a world of plenty, no one – not a single person – should go hungry,” Mr. Ban said during the launch of the initiative at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 25, 2012 - 08:47
UN-Habitat on Wednesday launched a new programme calling on Heads of State and governments at the Rio +20 conference to provide a framework to help make cities around the world safer from disasters. The launch of the Urban Resilience Indexing Programme followed a call on the Rio meeting by the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Ms. Margareta Wahlström,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 25, 2012 - 08:44
On the sidelines of the ongoing Earth Summit, a team of top officials from UN-Habitat and UN Volunteers paid a visit to one of Rio de Janeiro's slums to see first-hand social projects implemented there. Led by UN-Habitat Executive Director Dr. Joan Clos and the UN Volunteers Executive Coordinator Ms. Flavia Pansieri and accompanied by the German Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development Mr... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, June 22, 2012 - 09:03
Countries around the world gathered for the Rio +20 conference this week formally recognised the "important role" cities play in sustainable development citing the need to strengthen the Habitat Agenda and ensure "adequate and predictable" funding for UN-Habitat. The renewed commitment comes in key elements of the so-called Rio +20 outcome document entitled, The future we want. Paragraph 137 of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 10:23
Results of UN Survey of 130 Countries Provides In-Depth Status Report on Global Efforts to Improve Water Management Rio de Janeiro, 19 June 2012 – Over 80 per cent of countries have reformed their water laws in the past twenty years as a response to growing pressures on water resources from expanding populations, urbanization and climate change. In many cases, such water reforms have had... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 10:03
Adding 15% of the area of Manhattan to the African mega-city of Lagos, the Eko Atlantic reclamation project is one of the most ambitious urban projects on the continent. Immaculata Nwokoro continues her exegesis of this rising global city with a debate on the merits of the project. Rising from the seabed on the coast of Lagos is Eko Atlantic, a nine square kilometre reclamation project and urban... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 09:52
UN-Habitat is holding a series of events to drive home the all important urban aspect of sustainable development at a time more than half the global population lives in towns and cities. In recent days housands and thousands of people from around the world have been pouring into Rio de Janeiro. By the time United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, arrives on Wednesday, June 20, over 30,000... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 09:14
UN-Habitat Executive Director Dr. Joan Clos was selected as a leading United Nations expert to talk about cities as one of seven key topics under consideration at the global Rio +20 Sustainable Development Summit opening on Wednesday. His remarks were widely broadcast on the eve of the gathering at which more than 100 Heads of State and Government, along with thousands of parliamentarians, mayors... Read more

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