• Built Environment

    Chennai’s Largest Disabled-Friendly Children’s Park is Open to the Public

    CHENNAI, INDIA: From therapeutic walkways with different textures to a raised sand pit for wheelchair users, Chennai’s largest inclusive park has much to offer. The Infinity Park, built by the Greater Chennai Municipal Corporation under the Smart Cities project, was opened to the public on Monday to a rapturous reaction. The park is located at San Thome over a sprawling area… Continue Reading »

    Plans to Make Alleppy South India’s First Disabled Friendly Beach

    ALLEPEY, INDIA: Alleppey, a small town located in Kerala is all set to become South India’s first disabled-friendly and accessible beach. Popularly known as Venice of the East, Alleppey is surrounded by plush greens and serene backwaters. Alleppey also boasts of many beaches in and around the town. On the opening day, people with disabilities were seen… Continue Reading »

    DX Announces Boundless: A Post-Secondary Challenge

    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 disciplines. The Concept This year,… Continue Reading »

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

    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 essential component of sustainable urbanization,… Continue Reading »

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

    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 October 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand,… Continue Reading »

    A Wake Up Call on the Urgent Need to Remove Barriers

    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 full participation in society for… Continue Reading »

    Experts Discuss Data Revolution in North Africa, Call for Assistance

    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 Africa, and consists of member… Continue Reading »

    Too Often, Dhaka Remains Inaccessible for People with Disabilities

    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 Dhaka, who was confined to… Continue Reading »

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

    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 years. The database helps users—analysts,… Continue Reading »