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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 09:05
UN-Habitat has produced a new series of ‘quick guides’ on Urban Patterns for a Green Economy, showing how cities and city-regions can employ sustainable patterns for a green economy. These guides aim to inspire city managers to think more broadly about the role of their cities, and collaborate with experts and inter­est groups across disciplines and sectors to promote both human and environmental... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 11:21
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, thousands 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 Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 11:16
UN-Habitat on Monday launched its global I'm a City Changer drive in a special event at Fort Copacabana , in Rio de Janeiro, to emphasise that greenhouse gas pollution can be cut back around the world with better public transport in cities so that fewer people have to use cars. Mr. Andre Dzikus, Coordinator of Urban Basic Services at UN-Habitat said: "The City Changer campaign seeks to promote... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 10:53
UN-Habitat through the Global Water Operators Alliance (GWOPA) and WaterLinks will host a seminar on the sidelines of the Singapore Water Week to run on 2-6 July 2012. The seminar on Advancing Water Operator Partnerships (WOPs) in Asia and the Pacific aims to: present progress of global and regional WOPs initiatives in building the capacity of urban water and sanitation services providers and in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 09:42
Kenya’s economy is gradually recovering from last year’s shocks and is expected to grow at 5 percent in 2012. But the economy remains vulnerable to domestic and global shocks that may reduce growth to 4.1 percent, says the latest World Bank economic report on Kenya. The Kenya Economic Update launched in Nairobi today indicates that the economy has stabilized following the actions taken by the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 18, 2012 - 15:53
ARCHITECTS ARE CITY CHANGERS The theme selected by the UIA Council for the World Day of Architecture to be celebrated on 1st October 2012 is: Architects are city changers.    With this theme, the International Union of Architects hopes to contribute to the movement initiated by the United Nations through their World urban campaign ‘Better Cities, Better Lives’.    City dwellers will make up 70%... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 18, 2012 - 13:21
  UIA President Albert Dubler will lead a delegation of architects from around the world at the United Nations conference on sustainable development Rio+20 in Brazil, on June 20 - 22. Christiano Lepratti, director of one of the UIA work programme dedicated to responsible architectural design will be among the members of the UIA delegation.    In parallel, the UIA will contribute to several key... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 18, 2012 - 12:28
A bicycle from a Nairobi slum is to be displayed permanently at the United Headquarters in New York as the global body moves to highlight the benefits of cycling as a sustainable means of urban transport. The decision was reached after United Nations officials, diplomats and members of civil society organizations took part in a bike ride in New York City last Friday to popularize the use of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 12:00
Youth employment is now a priority in most regions of the world. There is growing focus and investment on youth employment programs, but at the moment there is limited evidence on what works, which leads to low impact and wasted resources. According to the World Bank, as much as 40% of youth employment projects have no impact on labour market outcomes for youth. With this in mind, the Youth... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 11:15
Kenya should increase its public expenditure on the environment so that it equals that of the health sector, the UN environmental agency said on Wednesday. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Deputy Executive Director Amina Mohammed told Xinhua in Nairobi that the current expenditure on environment is not enough. "In order for the Kenya to implement all international environmental conventions... Read more