• Asia-Pacific

    5th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development

    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 UN headquarters in New York… Continue Reading »

    WMO Checklist Helps Enhance Early Warning Systems

    INTERNATIONAL: Early warning, a critical component of disaster risk reduction (DRR), can prevent loss of life and reduce the economic impacts of hazardous events, including disasters, according to a multi-hazard early warning systems checklist developed by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in partnership with the UN Office for DRR (UNISDR), UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization… Continue Reading »

    First Indian Sign language Dictionary of 3000 Words Launched

    NEW DELHI, INDIA: “First Indian Sign Language Dictionary of 3000 words” was launched by Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment at a function here today. The dictionary has been developed by Indian Sign Language Research & Training Centre (ISLR&TC) under Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), M/o Social Justice & Empowerment. Ministers… Continue Reading »

    UN Initiatives Build Capacity for SDGs 8, 11 and 13

    INTERNATIONAL: Capacity-building initiatives seek to promote climate change adaptation, sustainable urban development and climate information services (CIS). They advance SDGs 13 (climate action), 11 (sustainable cities and communities) and 8 (decent work and economic growth), among others. The UNFCCC Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) published an update on its ongoing technical assistance aiming to promote… Continue Reading »

    What would a truly disabled-accessible city look like?

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Most cities are utterly unfriendly to people with disabilities – but with almost one billion estimated to be urban-dwellers by 2050, a few cities are undergoing a remarkable shift. To David Meere, a visually impaired man from Melbourne, among the various obstacles to life in cities is another that is less frequently discussed: fear. “The fear… Continue Reading »

    Global SDG Awards Competition to Increase Private Sector Engagement

    INTERNATIONAL: The Global SDG Awards, the first international, private-sector focused sustainability competition based on the SDGs, were launched at the GLOBE Forum 2018 from March 14th-16th in Vancouver, Canada. The competition will be open to companies and social enterprises with sustainability programs and business models geared towards realizing the SDGs. David A. Klar, Global SDG Awards… Continue Reading »

    Report Highlights Potential of Migration in Arab Cities

    INTERNATIONAL: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Ford Foundation have issued a report titled, ‘Migration and Inclusive Cities: A Guide for Arab City Leaders,’ which aims to stimulate innovative approaches to address opportunities and challenges posed by migration to Arab cities. Part of the UN-Habitat City Leaders Guide series, the publication is intended… Continue Reading »

    Techbility Launches World’s First Mobile App for accessibility assessments of the built environment

    TOKYO, JAPAN: Access Inspector, available for iOS and Android devices, is a mobile App designed to assist anyone interested in accessibility of the built environment.  Launched by Techbility as the first mobile app for accessibility assessments of the built environment, Access Inspector is an easy to use checklist tool for assessing more than 40 common architectural… Continue Reading »

    World Urban Forum 9, Kuala Lumpur

    KUALA LUMPUR, MALASIA: From February 7th until the 13th, representatives of civil society, government (national, sub-national, and regional), private sector and academia from around the world met in Kuala Lumpur for the ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9). The WUF9 mobilized these stakeholders in urban development to discuss their best practices, inputs on monitoring… Continue Reading »