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Friday Roundup: Vint Cerf and Mark Zuckerberg, Global Housing Markets, MDG Update, Free Vaccines in India, and Disaster Risk Reduction

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Internet pioneer and Google's Vice President Vinton G. Cerf will talk about the major emerging trends and threats about the Internet that will dramatically shape the global economy on July 14, 2014 at the World Bank headquarters. Watch the event live here.

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg writes in The Wall Street Journal about global internet access and its impact on poverty reduction.

The IMF has a new, Global Housing Markets database that tracks developments in housing markets around the world.

The UN's Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has published its 'World Urbanization Prospects: The 2014 revision' this week. The planet's urban population is estimated to total 3.9 billion, or 54% of the world's population. DESA projects that, on current trends, 2.5 billion more people will be added to the urban population by 2050, with nearly 90 percent concentrated in Asia and Africa.

The Indian Government will now provide four new vaccines free of cost to combat rotavirus, rubella, polio and Japanese encephalitis.

Government representatives, local authorities and civil society representatives from various countries will meet in Geneva next week to work towards a new global Disaster Risk Reduction agreement, replacing the existing Hyogo Framework for Action.

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