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UN Secretary-General Urges Transport Ministers to Act on Climate Change

May 27, 2015 - in Corporate, Transportation

May 27, 2015—UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the world’s transport ministers to accelerate efforts to combat climate change and “find new green solutions”. “I urge all of you to accelerate your efforts”, Ban said in a video message released…

UN Underscores Importance of Good Urban Planning for Sustainable Development

September 18, 2014 - in Planning, Projects

With more than two-thirds of humanity expected to live in cities by the middle of this century, strong, well-planned urbanization is vital for development,…

Esri and the United Nations Partner to Improve Global Climate Resilience

May 5, 2014 - in Corporate, Environment

Esri and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) have formed a partnership to build more resilient communities with geospatial…

Putting Land-use Models to Work Amid Efforts to Slow Climate Change

November 17, 2013 - in Environment, Planning

Planners can use modeling to assess the possible impacts of a potential future policy on a broad range of sectors rather than focusing only on one. For example, modelling can be used to evaluate potential impacts of a policy change on emissions, agricultural…

UN-Habitat Names 10 Partner Cities to Help Urban Planning

April 18, 2013 - in Planning, Projects

The UN human settlement agency has announced 10 partner cities for its City Resilience Profiling Program (CRPP) that will develop a comprehensive urban planning of cities across the globe. The UN Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat) said late Wednesday that…

Achieving Sustainable, Inclusive Cities Requires Better Planning

October 2, 2012 - in Planning, Projects

Top United Nations officials have underscored the need to better plan the world’s urban areas, where half of the global population currently resides, to turn the ideal of sustainable and inclusive cities into reality. “In little more than a generation,…

UN-Habitat Taps Minecraft for Urban Development

September 7, 2012 - in Modeling

The Block by Block program provides the means for young people, and those not familiar with more complex architectural design tools to get involved in visualizing the future of their urban spaces. Block by Block is a three-year partnership to support the UN-Habitat's…

New Initiative for Resource-Efficient Cities Launched at Rio+20

June 19, 2012 - in Projects, Smart Cities

The United Nations and its partners today unveiled a new initiative to achieve sustainable urban development by promoting the efficient use of energy, water and other resources, lowering pollution levels and reducing infrastructure costs in cities. The Global…

U.N. Project Looks to Organize Urban Planning in Lebanon

May 31, 2012 - in Planning, Projects

A new data-gathering project is attempting to organize sprawling amounts of information about Lebanese cities in a more complex but easily visualized way. The program, backed by the United Nations Development Program, is aiming at centralizing data so that…