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Q&A: Redesigning Urban Landscapes with People at the Centre

Inter Press Service: In May 2011, Brazilian journalist Natália Garcia decided to spend one year travelling to different cities around the world to better understand how to make urban landscapes more liveable for inhabitants. She called her project Cidades para Pessoas (Cities for the People), and the 12 cities in her itinerary were chosen by Danish architect Jan Gehl, responsible for the new urban structure of Copenhagen, also known as "the city of the bicycles". Garcia has already visited Copenhagen, Amsterdam,...

Q&A: NGOs Must Play Key Role in Rio+20 Summit on Sustainable Development

Inter Press Service: As the United Nations readies for a major international conference on sustainable development next June in Brazil, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are preparing to play a key role in the run-up to the summit meeting and are preparing a plan of action to be adopted by world leaders. The Rio+20 conference will take place 20 years after the historic Earth Summit in Brazil in June 1992. Asked about the importance of NGO contributions, Michael G. Renner, senior researcher at the Worldwatch...