keyboard_arrow_upRio +20 – Building our common future
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Rio +20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), is due to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 4 to 6 June, 2012.  Twenty years after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, and ten years after the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, the UN is again bringing together governments, international institutions and major groups, including business, academia, non-governmental organisations, trades unions, community groups and others, to agree on a range of smart measures that can reduce poverty while promoting decent jobs, clean energy and a more sustainable and fair use of resources.  Rio +20 is billed as a historic opportunity to define pathways to a safer, more equitable, cleaner, greener and more prosperous world for all; a chance to move away from business-as-usual and to act to end poverty, address environmental destruction and build a bridge to the future.

keyboard_arrow_upUnited Nations World Habitat Day
keyboard_arrow_downUnited Nations World Habitat Day

UN Habitat is the United Nations’ agency for human settlements and the UN has designated the first Monday of October every year as World Habitat Day. World Habitat Day will be celebrated this year on 3 October. The idea is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities and the basic right of all to adequate shelter. The event is also intended to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat.

keyboard_arrow_upClay brick – a frontrunner for housing delivery
keyboard_arrow_downClay brick – a frontrunner for housing delivery

It is reported that between 1994 and June 2010, government financed the building of over 2.7 million homes for South Africans, giving shelter to more than 13 million people. Government spending on housing delivery increased from R4.8 billion in 2004/05 to R10.9 billion in the 2009/10 financial year. Yet there are still thousands of informal settlements across the country and more than 12 million South Africans are still in need of proper homes.