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Living Life in the City: UN DESA Announces Latest Urbanization Trends

Built Environment, News, Universal Design, July 18 2018

Skyline view at night of a large city

INTERNATIONAL: In today’s increasingly global and interconnected world, more and more people decide to live their lives in cities. In 2018, 55 per cent of the world’s population is residing in urban areas and by 2050, 68 per cent is projected to be urban. In the coming decades, further increases… Continue Reading »

Science and Technology – Engines to Spur Action for the Sustainable Development Goals

Americas, Events, Universal Design, July 12 2018

A drone flying in the sunset sky with a city skyscape in the distance

NEW YORK, USA: The power of science, technology and innovation to improve the lives of people and to help protect the planet is evident. But in order to drive progress towards the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its vision of leaving no one behind, innovative solutions will need… Continue Reading »

HLPF Blog Posts Highlight Smart Cities, DRR, Inclusivity in SDG Implementation

News, Universal Design, July 2 2018

Yanghwa Bridge in Seoul, South Korea

INTERNATIONAL: María Soledad Cisternas Reyes, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility, has called for planning and participative management in all countries to address the needs of the 15% of the world’s population with physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments. Writing on the blog published in the lead-up to… Continue Reading »

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 »

Oxford County and Eight Municipalities Co-Innovate Using CSDC’s Amanda Platform

Assistive Technology, News, Universal Design, June 27 2018

picture of Oxford County Gaol in Woodstock Ontario.

WOODSTOCK, OXFORD COUNTY, ONTARIO, CANADA:  (June 12, 2018)  Municipal leaders in Oxford County, Ontario, plan to manage and attract growth by leveraging CSDC’s powerful Amanda platform as a shared service. By doing so, they will streamline permitting, inspections and land management operations across eight municipalities to help drive efficiencies and… Continue Reading »

Experts Discuss Effective Multi-stakeholder Partnerships Ahead of SDG 17 Review

News, Universal Design, June 25 2018

A group of graduates at sunset throwing up their caps in Malacca

INTERNATIONAL: Representatives of governments, the UN system, private sector and civil society exchanged experiences and lessons learned on partnerships, during a preparatory meeting for the review of SDG 17 (partnerships for the Goals) at the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The expert group… 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 »

The Missing Piece: Disability-Inclusive Education

Assistive Technology, ICT, News, Universal Design, June 20 2018

A child playing with an iPad while seated at a table

INTERNATIONAL: In 2015, the world committed to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” More than an inspirational target, SDG4 is integral to the well-being of our societies and economies – to the quality of life of all… 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 »

Building Safer, More Inclusive, and More Resilient Cities

Asia-Pacific, News, Universal Design, June 5 2018

Building Sustainable Communities logo

JAPAN: From April 23–27, 2018, representatives from 16 cities in 13 countries visited Japan for a Technical Deep Dive on Safe, Inclusive, and Resilient Cities to learn from one another about improving urban safety, inclusion and resilience. In this video, Jefferson Koije (Mayor of Monrovia, Liberia), Ellen Hamilton (World Bank… Continue Reading »


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