UN-Habitat and the government of Libya have agreed to extend an additional USD 4 million to the country’s national planning agency.
On 9 July 2012, Ali Al- Sharif, Minister of Housing and Utilities, Faraj Al Lafi, Urban Planning Agency (UPA)chairman and Mostafa Madbouly, Director, Regional Office for Arab States (ROAS), UN-Habitat, agreed to expand the programme on “Institutional Development and Capacity Building of the Urban Planning Agency” until 2016 to include additional activities, aiming to revive spatial planning process and to support on the post-revolution recovery and rehabilitation in Libya.
UN-Habitat has been providing technical support to UPA on urban planning and spatial information system, as well as on their institutional capacity development for over mre than three decades. The cooperation started in the 1980s, when UN-Habitat started providing technical assistance to UPA, with objective of drafting the First and the Second Generation Planning in Libya.
The “Institutional Development and Capacity Building of the Urban Planning Agency” programme was initially developed in 2002 to support the National Spatial Planning as well as to introduce Geographical Information System (GIS) to UPA. Under this programme, the successful technical cooperation between UN-Habitat and UPA continued to prepare the Third Generation Planning Programme, as UN-Habitat supported a wide scope of activities of UPA, such as the establishment of urban profiles for all major cities, identification of national profile for institutional and legislative framework, finalization of the Third Generation Planning, and enhancement of the UPA’s institutional capacity.
UN-HABITAT Libya Office, in collaboration with the UPA, will explore most suitable urban planning approaches under the current transitional period in Libya through this “Institutional Development and Capacity Building of the Urban Planning Agency” programme.