Port-au-Prince, 15 Jan 13
As Haiti marked the third anniversary of a devastating earthquake which claimed over 300,000 lives and left more than 1 million survivors homeless, UN-Habitat announced that it will broaden support to communities and institutions still trying to recover from the disaster.
"The earthquake in Haiti in January 2010 was an unprecedented urban crisis, highlighting chronic vulnerabilities in the city and setting back its development," said UN-Habitat Executive Director Joan Clos in a statement marking the anniversary.
London, 30 Nov 12
UN-Habitat this month gave a plenary presentation at the Social Media Strategies Summit in London to explain how new social media and communications systems can be used to help combat urban poverty and housing problems around the world.
New York, 31 Aug 12
United Nations Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon on Friday appointed UN-Habitat's Executive Director, Dr. Joan Clos, Secretary-General for the Habitat III summit conference at which world leaders will gather to discuss the global urban agenda.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 19 Jun 12
UN-Habitat is holding a series of events to drive home to drive home the all important urban aspect of sustainable development at a time more than half the global population lives in towns and cities.
New York, 24 Apr 12
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday told a high-level delegation of mayors, local and regional authorities that he would ensure rapid urbanisation around the world takes high priority on the Rio +20 agenda because the battle for sustainability would be won or lost in cities.
Singapore, 28 Mar 12
The Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize 2012 has been awarded to the Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, and the Departments of Transportation, City Planning and Parks and Recreation.
Nairobi, 23 Feb 12
UN-Habitat announced on Thursday that it is expanding its ties with the academic world in the area of urban risk reduction and rehabilitation so that a new generation of graduates undertaking field work in disaster zones around the world are better groomed in integrated urban crisis-based practice.
Nairobi, 19 Jan 12
UN-Habitat and the Government of Sweden signed a new collaboration agreement on Wednesday whereby Stockholm will provide USD 14 million over the next four years to support the agency’s work programme.
Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 20 Jun 11
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, Raquel Rolnik, has made an urgent plea to put an immediate stop to all forced evictions of earthquake survivors in the Caribbean Nation.
Ouagadougou, 16 Feb 11
The Joint Programme on Strengthening Urban Security in Ouagadougou (PCRSU, in French), recently held a sensitization workshop sensitization workshop on the institutionalization of integrated crime and violence prevention approach/initiative and a training on the establishment of local safety committees
Nairobi, 15 Feb 11
A group of 25 retired UN-HABITAT veterans from countries around the world returned to the agency’s headquarters this week to share their experiences and insights with a view to helping establish a new direction for the agency.
Yangon, 2 Feb 11
The United Nations said this week it was growing concerned that a shortfall in funding cyclone recovery in Myanmar would render some communities unnecessarily vulnerable ahead of the coming monsoon season.
Alicante, Spain, 2 Jun 10
Sonia Castedo Ramos, the Mayor of Alicante, Spain, this week hosted the fourth session of the World Urban Campaign’s steering committee. UN-Habitat designated Alicante as model of sustainable development, a recognition framed in the World Urban Campaign’s 100 Cities Initiative
Seoul, 19 May 09
UN-HABITAT's Executive Director and former US President Bill Clinton on Tuesday joined delegates from cities around the world to press home the message that action on climate change has to be implemented in cities.
Vancouver, Canada, 6 Jan 09
H. Peter Oberlander, a founding father of UN-HABITAT, passed away peacefully on 27 December 2008, his family announced this week. An architect and teacher who became Canada’s first Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, he was 86.
Poznan, Poland, 10 Dec 08
Mayors and local authorities representing cities around the world this week urged delegates attending a milestone session of climate change talks to ensure that cities are kept high on the agenda given that they are home to half the world's population...
Vancouver, Canada, 5 Nov 07
UN-HABITAT and the University British Columbia have announced a partnership to create the UBC / UN-HABITAT Archives which will be the world's most complete online repository of information on building sustainable cities.
Vancouver, Canada, 29 Jun 07
The Canadian Institute of Planners has bestowed UN-HABITAT and EcopLan International an excellence award in Planning in recognition of their work in Local Economic Development
Vancouver, 21 Jun 06
Delegates at the Third Session of the World Urban Forum listened in rapt silence on Wednesday as speakers from Kabul and Vancouver presented a picture of two cities at opposite sides of the world and opposite ends of the development.
St. John's, 14 Jun 05
Mrs Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, hailed Canada's municipalities saying the recent successes they have achieved provided a lesson for local authorities around the world.