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Bushfires the number one hazard for Tasmanians

Originally published on The Conversation – 15 September 2016 Authors: Alexei Trundle, Darryn McEvoy, Christopher J. White, Stuart Corney and Tomas Remenyl Tasmania has had a damaging year, with the island state hit by a series of bushfires and floods. Now a comprehensive new assessment of Tasmania’s exposure to natural disasters shows that bushfire remains the… View Article

Habitat III, Quito

Habitat III is the United Nations Conference that will take place in Quito, Ecuador, from 17-20 October 2016. It centres on the implementation of a New Urban Agenda and builds on the Habitat Agenda of Istanbul in 1996. In the lead up to Habitat III the Cities Programme hosted a networking and side event at PrepCom3 in Surabaya. At… View Article

The New Urban Agenda: an update

Originally published on The Conversation – 12 September 2016 Author: Brendan Barrett See event details for Habitat III Having run the diplomatic equivalent of a cross-country marathon, there was concern that negotiations on the New Urban Agenda might trip at the final hurdle. Three days of talks were needed, with negotiations continuing long into the night… View Article
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Puerto Rico: El Caño Martín Peña leadership

With our Puerto Rican Global Compact partners and friends we are proud to be supporting the el Caño Martín Peña community, organised as the G8,  and the Corporación del Proyecto ENLACE del Caño Martín Peña, the development authority that works with and for them. Their many years of hard work, advocacy and innovation will soon to be recognised internationally. The… View Article

Sustainable housing’s expensive, right? Not when you look at the whole equation

Originally published on The Conversation – 25 August 2016 Authors: Trivess Moore, Cecily Maller, Ralph Horne and Yolande Strengers Low-energy or zero-energy housing is international best practice, but is still considered costly. Part of the problem is that studies of housing standards typically use only cost-benefit analysis to assess their value, and so often wrongly… View Article
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Municipalities in Paraná and São Paulo come together for sustainable tourism

Municipalities are gathering together across the interior of Brazilian states of São Paulo and Paraná to collectively advance their economies and communities. This is being supported by both state governments and is developing to be a major, multi-city Innovating project of the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme. Commitments are being sought for the creation… View Article

Cities Programme welcomes Bangangté

“Nobility, Dignity and Elegance” – motto of Bangangté This month we had the pleasure of speaking to the Commune of Bangangté‘s mayor, Celestine Ketcha Courtes, about the French-speaking, West Cameroonian city’s recent commitment to the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme. Culture With a population of 200,000, Bangangté’s main ethnic group is Bamiléké (representing most villages). However, seven traditional kingdoms… View Article
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Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme: future collaborations

Cities Programme Director Ralph Horne, Chair Michael Nolan and Deputy Director Elizabeth Ryan recently met with the UN-Habitat’s Programme and Tool Development Advisor for the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP), Melissa Permezel. PSUP is a partnership between UN-Habitat, the European Commission and the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific States. It currently operates in 35 countries… View Article
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Built environment advises the Australian Parliament

Built Environment Meets Parliament (BEMP) is a premier urban think-tank event in Australia, involving leading Parliamentarians, policy specialists, academics and practitioners across the built environment sector. This year, it was held at the NSW State Parliament in Sydney on 10 August, with an agenda which focused on the urgent urban development challenges across Australian cities…. View Article
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Birigui enters with a wealth of sustainability action

In May this year we welcomed the municipality of Birigui from the state of São Paulo into the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme. Founded on 7 December 1911, this Brazilian city has a population of 120,000. We recently had the opportunity to speak with Birigui’s contact point, Dr Tadeau Luciano, about the city’s reasons for joining the United Nations Global Compact. “A… View Article