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UN Gender Focus: New Urban Agenda, Yazidis and Haiti hurricane response

New Urban Agenda guarantees rights of women and girls

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Campaign tackles health impact of air pollution in cities

A new initiative has been launched to raise awareness about the health impacts of air pollution which the World Health Organization (WHO) calls “an invisible kil

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900 million more Africans will be living in cities by 2050

Around 900 million people will move to cities in Africa over the next 35 years, according to a director of the African Development Bank, who is attending the UN’s Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador.

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New Urban Agenda guarantees rights of women and girls

The rights of women and girls to enjoy full equality, living in safe and sustainable cities, are “guaranteed” under the New Urban Agenda adopted this week at the UN’s Habitat III conference.

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21st Century to be based on cities, not countries: Montréal mayor

National politics are important “but the 21st Century will be based on cities” and not countries, according to the mayor of Canada’s second city, Montréal.

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Development “used to break my heart:” GA chief on Quito walkabout

The rush to leave the countryside for cities in the past used to leave the current President of the UN General Assembly feeling heartbroken.

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Transform our world by transforming cities: UN chief

Transforming the world “for the better” means transforming our towns and cities through sustainable development and planning.

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Strong building codes “spread new Ecuadorian norm” post-earthquake

“Strong” new building codes are one of the ways that Ecuador is aiming to “build back better”, six months on from an earthquake which killed more than 650 people.

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Colombian refugees look to rebuild after Ecuador quake

It has been three months since a 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Ecuador, killing more than 660 people.

The disaster left more than 80,000 people homeless, including refugees fleeing violence in neighbouring Colombia.

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Debris removal “problem” 2 months after Ecuador earthquake

The removal of debris following the catastrophic earthquake in Ecuador two months ago remains a “problem” for which it’s difficult to attract donor funding, according to a United Nations advisor on disaster risk management in the South American nation.

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