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""A fast urbanizing Africa is rapidly degrading the environmental assets of its cities,"" said the report entitled Greening Africa's Cities, which was released in Tanzania's commercial capital Dar es Salaam.


The report said protecting those assets can increase the productivity and livability of these cities, improve tourism opportunities, and enhance resilience to the impacts of extreme weather events.


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The report mentioned other factors putting pressure on Africa's cities as the exposure of cities to environmental disasters such as floods.


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""Fortunately, there are important opportunities to change the trajectory of African cities towards a more harmonious relationship between their natural and built environments. However, focused action is needed to make this to happen,"" he added.


Bella Bird, World Bank Country Director for Tanzania, Malawi Herren Nike Air Max 97 Schwarz Schweiz , Burundi, and Somalia, said: ""Green urban development approaches are a win-win for the environment and the people of cities. Using this approach African cities can be more cost-effective, while conserving natural capital.""


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The World Bank Group is working with countries around the world to help build resilience to the growing economic, environmental, and social challenges they face today.


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YANGON Damen Nike Air Max 97 Rosa Weiß Schweiz , Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar President U Thein Sein Friday urged the United Nations to further strengthen and expand the areas of cooperation for the peoples of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).


U Thein Sein made the call in his message on the occasion of the 69th Anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.


As current chair of ASEAN and as a nation, Myanmar welcomes the cooperation between ASEAN and the U.N. through the implementation of the Joint Declaration on the Comprehensive Partnership on Nov. 19, 2011, said the president.


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He thanked the U.N. for its continued and unwavering support to Myanmar for the irreversible changes in the reform process demand.


The president reaffirmed Myanmar's resolution and commitment to continuously shouldering its responsibilities as a U.N. member and to working hand-in-hand with the international community.




BUCHAREST, July 9 (Xinhua) -- The Romanian Foreign Ministry on Saturday asked British authorities to prevent hostile acts towards its citizens, after a Romanian food shop was petrol bombed on Friday night in Norwich, East Anglia.


"The Foreign Ministry condemns any form of extremist or discriminatory manifestation towards Romanian citizens," the ministry stressed in a press release on Saturday, requesting the British authorities to "clarify the situation and prevent any intensification of tensions or any other hostile acts towards Romanian citizens in the United Kingdom."


"The Village Shop" belonging to a Romanian family in Norwich was torched at around 2.30 a.m. local time on Friday, after a brick was thrown through the window at the shop, which sells mainly Eastern European products.


Local Police have not ruled out a racial motivation behind the move. Enditem


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