• Built Environment

    Spatially Awhere: Bridging the Gap Between Leading and Lagging Regions

    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 development and a key driver… Continue Reading »

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

    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, including heart disease, high blood… Continue Reading »

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

    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 to provide leadership and support… Continue Reading »

    Stakeholders to Make Delhi a Model Accessible City

    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 Stakeholders to make Delhi a… Continue Reading »

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

    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 makes a great vacation destination.… Continue Reading »

    UN-Habitat Municipal Finance Handbook Advances NUA, SDG 11

    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, inclusion and financial autonomy, aiming… Continue Reading »

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

    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 Marnie Peters – Canada Colette Fransolet… Continue Reading »

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

    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 at https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2018 The 2018 HLPF Draft… Continue Reading »

    Detecting Inequalities from Space

    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 world. During the recent meeting… Continue Reading »