Built Environment

DESA Announces 16 Members of High-level Advisory Board

Built Environment, News, Universal Design, June 29 2018

Pedestrians in a shopping street in Mexico City

INTERNATIONAL: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs announced the membership of the UN High-Level Advisory Board (HLAB) on Economic and Social Affairs, which was established following a request from the UN Secretary-General as part of reforms to the UN development system. The 16 members of the HLAB include… Continue Reading »

GAATES Design of Public Spaces Course Re-launched!

Americas, Built Environment, News, June 22 2018

GAATES Logo

ONTARIO, CANADA: The Global Alliance for Assistive Technology and Environments (GAATES) has re-launched the Design of Public Spaces (DOPS) online course to a new platform housed on the GAATES website at http://courses.gaates.org This accessible online course provides a comprehensive orientation to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Accessibility Standard… Continue Reading »

SDG Report 2018 Finds Conflict, Climate Change, Inequality Hindering Progress

Built Environment, News, Universal Design, June 22 2018

Diverse team in a circle with left hands piled together in the middle

INTERNATIONAL: The UN has launched the 2018 version of the yearly Sustainable Development Goals Report. It finds that conflict, climate change and inequality are major factors in growing hunger and displacement, and are hindering progress towards the SDGs. The report highlights positive progress on the proportion of people living below… Continue Reading »

Funding Available for Accessibility

Americas, Built Environment, News, June 19 2018

Enabling Accessibility Fund Logo

CANADA: Funding is available to improve accessibility and safety in your workplace A new funding opportunity under the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) has been announced. Your business or organization could receive a grant of up to $100,000 through the EAF program to improve accessibility and safety in your workplace… Continue Reading »

Spatially Awhere: Bridging the Gap Between Leading and Lagging Regions

Built Environment, News, Universal Design, June 6 2018

international flags up on poles, waving in the wind

INTERNATIONAL: As the world urbanizes rapidly, international experience has shown that economic activities concentrate in a relatively small number of places – it is estimated that only 1.5% of the world’s land is home to about half of global production. Such economic concentration is a built-in feature of human settlement… Continue Reading »

Australian Hospitals Aren’t Equipped to Meet the Demands of Obese Patients

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, News, May 24 2018

Hospital medication tube and bag

AUSTRALIA: Obesity and related disabilities are on the rise in most countries, and Australia is no exception. With almost two in three Australian adults qualifying as overweight or obese, the issue has become an epidemic in the country. Obesity puts both children and adults at risk of developing a myriad of chronic diseases,… Continue Reading »

UNEP, FiA Foundation Report Calls for Infrastructure Investment for SDG Targets 3.6, 11.2

Built Environment, News, Universal Design, May 14 2018

Aerial view of Shanghai, China

INTERNATIONAL: The UN Environment Programme (UN Environment, or UNEP) Share the Road Programme has launched its annual report titled, ‘Investing in people who walk and cycle,’ which highlights progress made to ensure that more pedestrians and cyclists can safely travel to work and school. The Share the Road Programme aims… Continue Reading »

Stakeholders to Make Delhi a Model Accessible City

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, News, May 11 2018

Left to right- Chief Commissioner for persons with Disabilities, Secretary , Jt Secretary and Director Department of Empowerment of persons with Disabilities

NEW DELHI, INDIA: The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is having the commitment to uphold the rights of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) and to ensure the accessible and inclusive assets are created in the country. Chairing the ‘1st Sensitization Meeting of… Continue Reading »

Travel With Ease: How Singapore Is Catering to Visitors with Special Accessibility Needs

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, Tourism, May 8 2018

Accessible entrance is indicated with proper signs and tactile tiles

SINGAPORE, MALAYSIA: With an aging population, Singapore has been tackling accessibility needs head-on with a series of changes to the city’s infrastructure. Today, it’s one of the most travel-friendly cities in the world for those with accessibility needs, so if you’re looking for delicious Asian food and a cultural adventure, Singapore… Continue Reading »

UN-Habitat Municipal Finance Handbook Advances NUA, SDG 11

Built Environment, News, Universal Design, May 3 2018

INTERNATIONAL: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has launched a resource guide on municipal finance, highlighting the importance for implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and the SDGs, particularly SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities). The handbook provides city leaders with a range of financing solutions that emphasize sustainability,… Continue Reading »


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