Category: Sustainable Cities and Communities

World Urban Forum ends with call for united action to ensure sustainable future for cities and towns

UN-HABITAT This young lady is participating in the Tenth World Aurban Forum (WUF10), which wrapped up in Abu Dahbi on 13 February 2020. The Forum was established in 2001 by the UN to address one of the most pressing issues facing the world today: rapid urbanization The premier international gathering on the future of cities wrapped up on Thursday in […]

As urbanization grows, cities unveil sustainable development solutions on World Day

© UNESCO Changing the World: Innovations and Better Life for Future Generations, theme of World Cities Day 2019. Over half of the world’s population now live in cities, with numbers expected to double by 2050, but while urbanization poses serious challenges, cities can also be powerhouses for sustainable development; something the UN is spotlighting on World […]

Pedal power makes ‘positive impact on climate’, urges UN on World Bicycle Day

The simple, affordable, and environmentally friendly bicycle is not just a means of transportation, but also “a tool for development”, the United Nations said in a message on Monday commemorating World Bicycle Day. Taking to two wheels fosters “sustainable consumption and production”, and has a “positive impact on climate”, according to the UN. Moreover, biking […]

Turn toxic e-waste into a source of ‘decent work’, UN labour agency urges

A “toxic flood of electric and electronic waste” that is growing by the day across the world, should be urgently converted into a source of decent work, that can also protect populations from its harmful effects, the United Nations labour agency said on Wednesday. Governments, workers and employer organizations reached agreement at a meeting of […]

‘New tech’ business model threatens decent work conditions, warns UN

  Unemployment is down globally but workers’ conditions have not improved, the UN said on Wednesday, warning that some businesses driven by new technology “threaten to undermine” hard-won social gains of recent decades. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), most of the 3.3 billion people employed worldwide in 2018 did not enjoy adequate levels of economic security, […]

FROM THE FIELD: Rwanda’s Green Villages benefit poorest

An innovative approach to supporting the poorest and most vulnerable in Rwanda, is helping to address environmental problems and achieve ambitious development goals there, according to the UN Development Programme, UNDP. The “Green Village” concept, a Rwandan government initiative which is supported by UNDP, aims to tackle the African country’s growing natural resource challenges – […]