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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 08:48
Whole volumes have been written on the virtues of cities — the way they make people around the globe smarter, more productive, more innovative. See, for instance, Edward Glaeser’s “The Triumph of the City,” or Matt Yglesias’s “The Rent is Too Damn High,” or Ryan Avent’s “The Gated City.” But a new report from the McKinsey Global Institute offers an curious twist on this old tale. The United... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 23, 2012 - 09:00
In countdown to the Sixth Session of the World Urban Forum to be held in Naples, Italy between 1-7 September 2012, UN-Habitat is launching an online dialgoues platform to reach as many people as possible. Known as 'city changer dialogues' the interactions are aimed at the global audience and the inputs expected to contribute to debates at the WUF6. "Recognizing that relatively few partners and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 09:35
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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 14:13
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday 17th April 2012 welcomed a new European Union (EU) initiative designed to assist developing countries in providing access to sustainable energy to their populations.  Under its Energizing for Development Initiative, the European Commission – the EU’s executive body – aims to support the provision of sustainable energy services to 500 million people in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 15:04
Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th of April were special days for students and staff of Viara Education Center. The school, recommended to UN-Habitat staff through connections with the Nairobi Rotary Club, is located in the heart of Huruma, an overcrowded low income estate in northern Nairobi, Kenya, hosted over 20 staff from UN-Habitat`s Office of Management during the course of the weekend... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 16, 2012 - 08:17
Noise levels, fine particulate matter, traffic volumes – these data are of interest to urban planners and residents alike. A three-dimensional presentation will soon make it easier to handle them: as the user virtually moves through his city, the corresponding data are displayed as green, yellow or red dots. Fine dust, aircraft noise and the buzz of highways have a negative impact on a city‘s... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 09:26
Emergency procedures in Coast were called off on Wednesday evening barely four hours after the government issued a tsunami alert and ordered evacuations. Fishing was suspended, beaches cleared and ferry services were only allowed to continue under the watchful eye of experts following an earthquake that occurred in Indonesia. Special Programmes Minister Esther Murugi said water levels in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 09:16
Over the past decade, real estate has headed towards the sky and has become one of the most vibrant sectors of the Kenyan economy. Almost every young Kenyan dreams of owning property - either in towns or their suburbs – leading to escalation of the cost of land and housing. The fast growth of the middle class has been a boon to the sector, with increasing demand for decent and affordable homes. “... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 08:57
Kenyan builders and private developers can now smile as sanity is brought into the construction industry. The National Construction Authority Bill - aimed at bringing order in the construction industry by ensuring that only genuine and qualified contractors practice - is now law and is expected to come into operation soon. The government is even happier. “We are happy that the National... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 15:45
In February, while much of the women's movement focused on the 56th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), grassroots caregivers from across West Africa gathered in Ilorin, Nigeria to lay the groundwork for a new model of organizing. Dressed in brilliant prints and dancing to the beat of six drummers, more than one hundred caregivers and other grassroots women from the International Women's... Read more