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UN highlights need for sustainable urban planning

AS THE world's urban areas inevitably expand, growing both in size and in population, they will also need to transition into better planned and better managed environments or risk exacerbating negative trends, the United Nations has warned.

Marking the inaugural edition of World Cities Day last Friday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared humanity's future to be an urban one as the world's population will increasingly become city-dwelling.

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UN underscores importance of good urban planning for sustainable development

WITH more than two-thirds of humanity expected to live in cities by the middle of this century, strong, well-planned urbanization is vital for development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told an international group of government officials and experts on housing last week in New York.

The group is part of the first session of the preparatory committee for the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development to take place in 2016, which is known as Habitat III and aims to "reinvigorate the global commitment to sustainable urbanization."

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Australia and Canada continue their dominance of EIU's 'most liveable cities' list

AUSTRALIA and Canada have continued their dominance of the Economist Intelligence Unit's Global Liveability Ranking, with the two countries sharing seven of the top ten spots according to the survey of 140 cities around the world and the lifestyle challenges they present.

For the fourth consecutive year, Melbourne remains the most liveable location of the cities surveyed, followed by the Austrian capital, Vienna, and Vancouver in Canada. However, the scores of the top ten cities are separated by less than two points, and range from Melbourne's winning score of 97.5 and Auckland's tenth-place score of 95.7.

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9th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey released

DEMOGRAPHIA, which has long advocated against restrictive land use and planning policies, this week released its 9th Annual International Housing Affordability Survey, covering 337 metropolitan markets in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

According to the survey, which measures housing affordability by dividing median house prices by gross annual median household income, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand continue to experience pervasive unaffordability, while the least affordable market is Hong Kong.

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Planetizen releases its list of top 10 books published in 2012

PLANETIZEN, the public-interest information exchange for the urban planning, design, and development community, this month released its eleventh annual list of the ten best books in urban planning, design and development published.

The Planetizen editorial staff based the 2012 list on a number of criteria, including editorial reviews, popularity, number of references, sales figures, recommendations from experts and the book's potential impact on the urban planning, development and design professions.

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Melbourne retains its crown of 'most liveable city'

MELBOURNE remains the most liveable location of the 140 cities surveyed by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), followed by the Austrian capital, Vienna.

According to the survey, there has been no change among the top tier, with the score and ranking of the top 65 cities remaining identical to six months ago.

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London crowned 2012 'Ultimate Sports City'

AS IT prepares to host this year's Olympics, London was this month crowned SportsBusiness' 2012 'Ultimate Sports City', relegating Melbourne – which has held the title for the past six years – to second place.

Compiled by SportBusiness Group, the analysis seeks to determine which city in the world is the 'Ultimate Sports City' in terms of hosting a sports event. Twenty-five finalist cities were ranked by the number of annual sports events hosted or secured between 2008 and 2016, plus other criteria including transport, government support, public interest and quality of life.

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OECD report calls for massive infrastructure investment to meet future demand

GOVERNMENTS must act today to ensure that the infrastructure needed in 2020-2030 will be planned, developed and operational in time, according to a new OECD report released last week.

The report, Strategic Transport Infrastructure Needs to 2030, reveals that air passenger traffic could double, air freight could triple, and port handing of maritime containers worldwide could quadruple by 2030.

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8th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey released

THE 8th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey, covering 325 metropolitan markets in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, has been released this week.

According to the survey, which measures housing affordability by dividing median house prices by gross annual median household income, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand have the least affordable housing markets.

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Planetizen releases top ten books for 2012

PLANETIZEN, an American-based public-interest information exchange for the urban planning, design, and development community, this month released its tenth annual list of the ten best books of the year in urban planning, design and development.

The Planetizen editorial staff based the 2012 list on a number of criteria, including editorial reviews, popularity, number of references, sales figures, recommendations from experts and the book's potential impact on the urban planning, development and design professions.

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World's population surpasses 7 billion: UN

AS the world population officially reached 7 billion at the end of October, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon called for global solidarity to address pressing problems of climate change, economic crisis and inequality in order to make the world a better place for current and future generations.

The UN marked the global population reaching 7 billion with a call to action to world leaders to meet the challenges that a growing population poses, from ensuring adequate food and clean water to guaranteeing equal access to security and justice.

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International tourist numbers to reach 1.8 billion by 2030: UN report

THE number of tourists travelling outside their countries is projected to reach 1.8 billion within two decades, with emerging economies responsible for the highest growth rates, according to a new report released by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

The report, Tourism Towards 2030, confirms that international tourism will continue to grow, forecasting an average of 43 million additional people becoming international tourists every year.

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