News and Events Latest stories, evidence of impact, media information

[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 10:30
Information is the lifeblood of 21st century business. It is a valuable resource that, if treated correctly, can provide insight and business intelligence to drive customer engagement, productivity and competitive advantage. It is staggering, therefore, that so many organizations fail to treat their information with the care and respect it demands. Exponential data growth, new media formats,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 28, 2012 - 12:23
The Natural Resources Conservation Service in Louisiana has about $1 million to fund four watersheds to improve water quality. The Conservation Service is joining with the state Department of Agriculture and Forestry and the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to help leverage money and efforts on the water-quality projects. The three agencies chose relatively small areas to focus on... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 28, 2012 - 08:59
The Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation Initiative (LVWATSAN)has been acknowledged in a publication by a body that coordinates water issues in the United Nations wide system. The Initiative's approach to capacity building has now been recognized as a "best practice" case study in capacity development for the water and sanitation sector, in a new book entitled "Water and the Green Economy –... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 28, 2012 - 08:49
With 100 days to go until the opening of the sixth World Urban Forum in Naples, registration is open and calls for potential exhibitors have now been made.  Organised jointly by UN-Habitat, the Government of Italy, the Campania Region and the City of Naples, the theme for this year's meeting is The Urban Future.  Nearly 2,000 participants from 114 countries have already registered for the premier... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, May 25, 2012 - 09:51
Despite declining attendance and revenue, many cities are expanding convention centers or building new ones. After decades of being dissed, New York’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center is finally getting some respect: A $463 million renovation, designed by the Manhattan firm FXFOWLE, will play to the building’s strengths (preserving its once-revolutionary space frame) while bringing massive... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 14:58
The World Urban Forum has become the preeminent conference on all things urban. It brings together government ministers, mayors, diplomats, grassroots women's organizations, youth and slum dwellers groups, planners, engineers and architects, academics, and the private sector as partners working for better cities. The City Changer Dialogues is a redesigned platform launched to kick off debate and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 12:08
Online registration will close on Friday, 24 August 2012, 12:00 noon (GMT +3, Nairobi time). Accreditation with WUF6 photo badge will commence at the WUF6 venue on 30 August 2012, daily from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. All arriving participants are urged to make use of this early accreditation service in order to avoid long queues during the official opening day of the Forum on Monday, 3 September 2012... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 09:47
Half of the urban population are children – below the age of 18 – and therefore will be some of the most vulnerable people to climate change and disasters. It is expected that as many as 175 million children could soon be impacted by disasters every year. But with the right engagement of children, who make up 50% of city-based populations, Antony Spalton from UNICEF believes they could also be a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 - 09:10
United Nations senior officials today stressed the importance of establishing a new paradigm for growth that ensures social inclusiveness, job opportunities for all, and more accountability from the financial sector to tackle the ongoing global economic crisis. “It is time to recognize that human capital and natural capital are every bit as important as financial capital,” said Secretary-General... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, May 18, 2012 - 12:38
New York based waste gasification specialist, Cocurrent BioEnergy is aiming at developing a waste to energy facility in West Virginia. According to a report in the Charleston Daily Mail Cocurrent would treat batches of unsorted municipal solid waste using its gasification technology to create synthetic gas that would heat water, create steam and generate electricity. "We were originally looking... Read more