Built Environment

DX Announces Boundless: A Post-Secondary Challenge

Americas, Built Environment, News, November 29 2018

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ONTARIO, CANADA: Design Exchange, in partnership with the Government of Ontario, announces its 7th annual post secondary design challenge. This provincial, post secondary design challenge seeks to explore design that is accessible to the greatest number of people, to the largest extent possible, regardless of age, ability, across all design… Continue Reading »

App Helps Achieve SDGs 11, 12 by Improving Sustainability of Housing Projects

Americas, Built Environment, News, Universal Design, November 23 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the One Planet Network have launched an app to help improve the sustainability of new housing projects and increase the affordability of green housing. The SHERPA for Sustainable Housing Projects app was developed with the recognition that housing is an… Continue Reading »

Global Forum on Human Settlements Calls for Urban Innovation to Achieve SDG 11, NUA

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, News, November 22 2018

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BANGKOK, THAILAND: Participants at the 2018 Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS) have committed to support sustainable and resilient cities through innovation, green growth and policies that maximize the benefits of local actions and help achieve the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda (NUA). GFHS 2018, which convened from 30-31… Continue Reading »

A Wake Up Call on the Urgent Need to Remove Barriers

Americas, Built Environment, News, November 9 2018

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OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA: Canada has received a wake-up call in recent months about the urgent need to remove physical barriers in the built environment and improve accessibility for people of all abilities. In June 2018, the federal government tabled the Accessible Canada Act, a means to ensure equality, inclusion, and… Continue Reading »

Experts Discuss Data Revolution in North Africa, Call for Assistance

Africa, Built Environment, News, November 8 2018

AFRICA: The UN Economic Commission for Africa’s (UNECA) Office for North Africa organized the 33rd Session of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on the theme, ‘Data Revolution in North Africa: Using data in support of structural transformation.’ The Committee meets annually as a statutory body of the UNECA Office for North… Continue Reading »

Too Often, Dhaka Remains Inaccessible for People with Disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, News, November 7 2018

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DHAKA, BANGLADESH: An ever-growing urban population with overflowing and at times chaotic vehicular traffic can make life difficult even for the most well-abled pedestrian. The challenges become higher for a person with a disability. ‘How can I go out of my home?’ asks Tajkia Mariam Jahan, a wheelchair user from… Continue Reading »

Introducing the Online Guide to the World Development Indicators: A New Way to Discover Data on Development

Americas, Built Environment, Disaster, News, Universal Design, October 31 2018

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WASHINGTON, DC, USA: The World Development Indicators (WDI) is the World Bank’s premier compilation of international statistics on global development. Drawing from officially recognized sources and including national, regional, and global estimates, the WDI provides access to almost 1,600 indicators for 217 economies, with some time series extending back more than 50… Continue Reading »

Infrastructure Forum Explores Technology’s Role in Sustainability, Accessibility, Resilience

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, Disaster, Universal Design, October 30 2018

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BALI, INDONESIA: The heads of multilateral development banks (MDBs) and international institutions gathered for the 2018 Global Infrastructure Forum (GIF 2018) to consider the role of technology plays in shaping infrastructure that is sustainable, accessible and resilient. They also committed to enhancing support for capacity building for infrastructure public-private partnerships… Continue Reading »

In Africa, Technology and Human Capital Go Hand in Hand

Africa, Assistive Technology, Built Environment, ICT, October 25 2018

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AFRICA: Rwanda’s progress from the devastating civil war two decades ago to one of the most rapidly developing African countries is a remarkable narrative on development. Twenty-four years ago, the country was torn apart by civil war and one of the worst genocides human history has known; one in which… Continue Reading »

New IDDC/EDF Webinar: 29 October 2018

Built Environment, News, Webinar, October 25 2018

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Invitation to join the upcoming webinar: “Upholding the rights of persons with disabilities: Linkages between Financing for Development and the EU Budget for the implementation of the SDGs” Monday, 29th October, 2018 15:00 – 16:00 Belgium time Everyone is encouraged to register! The European Disability Forum (EDF) and the International Disability… Continue Reading »


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