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Carbon Credits: cleaner and safer cooking stoves in the Maputo slums

By | September 20th 2017|Categories: REALISING INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT, RESOURCE MANAGEMENT & ENERGY EFFICIENCY|Tags: , , , , , |

Traditional cooking stoves consume a lot of energy and emit harmful fumes, leading to high rates of premature deaths. Improved cooking stoves are addressing this issue, making it possible for poor households to save money and reduce illnesses related to emissions. Looking at the example of Maputo, Mozambique Rosario Loayza and Alessandro Galimberti explain the benefits of such efficient kitchen appliances.

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How Tangerang City Revamps its Solid Waste Management

By | September 12th 2017|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , |

Tangerang City in Indonesia has made a big leap from polluted to award winning green city. Watch the video and read the report by the Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) to find out how the city improved its solid waste management.

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UN Urban without a future, but some common ground builds up

By | September 8th 2017|Categories: HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA|Tags: , , , , |

This week's high-level meeting on UN Habitat in New York City has shown that member states are committed to the Habitat process, but view critically the proposals put forward by an independent assessment panel. URBANET reports on the outcomes of the meeting.

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Habitat Reform – Business as usual will yield results as usual

By | September 1st 2017|Categories: HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA|Tags: , , , , |

Next week, the two-day high-level meeting of the General Assembly on UN-Habitat will take place in New York. Member states of the United Nations will gather there and discuss future reform steps for UN-Habitat. Franz Marré provides some thought-provoking reflections on the reforms proposed by the high-level panel and says that business as usual is not an option.

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Upscaling Sanitation for the Urban Poor in Kenya

By | August 29th 2017|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , |

Providing access to urban sanitation is challenging because of space limitations, complex land tenure and higher public health concerns in crowded settlements. This is especially true for low-income urban areas. For URBANET, Jane Njagi describes how this challenge has been tackled in Tharaka Nithi County, Kenya.

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Disorder in Public Transportation in Major Cities of Sub-Saharan Africa: The case of Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

By | August 22nd 2017|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES, SUPPORTING SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY|Tags: , , , , |

Like most major cities in Sub-Saharan Africa, Abidjan has a traffic problem: Congestion, pollution and extortion amongst public transport providers means that the basic service of mobility can only be provided to citizens on a limited scale. Alexis Gueu analyses the situation.

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Make or break: How the city of tomorrow will shape our future

By | August 15th 2017|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES, SUPPORTING SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY|Tags: , , , , |

"Building cities able to accommodate half a billion people over the next 30 years is one of the biggest transformations of our planet and we have to get it right", Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General stated at the Langenburg Forum for Sustainability. Read the full speech here on URBANET

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New approaches for pressing challenges

By | August 8th 2017|Categories: REALISING INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT, RESOURCE MANAGEMENT & ENERGY EFFICIENCY|Tags: , , , , |

Most people who are fleeing the war in Syria find shelter in the neighbouring countries. Their host communities are facing the challenge of providing services to a growing population, especially concerning water and energy supply and waste management. A partnership programme makes it possible for municipalities to exchange knowledge and jointly work on solutions.

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