Gender equality at home, at work and in public is essential for the cities, according to a United Nations HABITAT report. "[R]emoval of the barriers to women's participation in the dynamics of urban dwelling will lead to economic growth," writes Bernadine Racoma.
The Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education is within reach, but work needs to be done to reach the poorest, as well as girls, says United Nations envoy Gordon Brown. New donors are needed to make a final push, Brown says.
Chinese carbon-credit vendors have been banned from the EU trading system after it emerged that they were creating greenhouse gases simply to destroy them, and thus not reducing total emissions. Despite the ban, which takes effect in 2013, companies such as Dow Chemical, ConocoPhillips and BP are still buying the bargain-basement Chinese credits. "Companies will look to comply with EU emissions regulations in the most cost-efficient way," says Bloomberg analyst Richard Chatterton.