Built Environment

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 »

Successful Launch of GAATES’ International Certification of Accessibility Consultants – Built Environment (ICAC-BE) Program

Built Environment, News, Universal Design, April 26 2018

GAATES Logo

INTERNATIONAL: Receive recognition as an internationally certified accessibility consultant!   In it’s first quarter of operations, ICAC-BE program candidates’ submitted credentials in January 2018 for review and evaluation by GAATES’ Expert Panel. GAATES is pleased to announce the first round of successful program applicants are: Level 3 Expert Accessibility Consultant… Continue Reading »

2018 HLPF: Call for expert speakers from Major Groups and other Stakeholders – Deadline 13th May

Americas, Built Environment, Events, News, April 20 2018

buildings pictured with tree and plants growing on the sides and rooftops

NEW YORK, USA: The 2018 High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will be held at UNHQ in New York from 9 to 18 July 2018 under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council. The theme for the session will be Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies. More information is available… Continue Reading »

Detecting Inequalities from Space

Americas, Built Environment, Universal Design, April 9 2018

Aerial view of Taxco de Alarcón, Mexico

MEXICO: Everything that happens, happens somewhere. From deforestation, to urbanization, to gender inequalities, our social situations are conditioned or even determined by geographical circumstances. Satellites, big data analysis and other new technologies allow us to pinpoint statistical data on the map, painting for us an entirely new picture of our… Continue Reading »

Sustainable Cities – Gateways for People on the Move

Built Environment, News, Transportation, Universal Design, April 5 2018

Aerial view of New York City

INTERNATIONAL: The world is on the move, and today an estimated 258 million international migrants are living outside their country of birth. While global population movements grab headlines, a quiet revolution tiptoes in the background, dramatically changing our world – the great migration of humanity into cities. From just 746 million… Continue Reading »

5th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, News, April 2 2018

APFSD 2018 Logo

BANGKOK, THAILAND:  The Fifth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) took place from 28-30 March 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. Organized by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Forum is the Asia-Pacific regional preparatory meeting for the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) that will be held at… Continue Reading »

ISO Establishes New Task Force on the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Built Environment, Disaster, News, March 26 2018

ISO Logo

INTERNATIONAL: The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) announced that they have established a new Task Force on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Several of GAATES Founding Board Members are active participants in ISO Task Forces and have shared that the new “Task Force will: Review the mapping of ISO… Continue Reading »


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