Naples, Italy, 5 Sept 12
UN-Habitat this week announced the implementation of its Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme in member countries of the Brussels-based Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group (ACP) thanks to the support of the European Commission. French
Lusaka, 1 Aug 12
The Zambian government last week invited a broad range of experts, central and local government officials and community representatives to discuss new ways of dealing with the country's slum problems. French
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.
Lilongwe, 2 Feb 12
The cities of Lilongwe, Blantyre, Mzuzu and Zomba last week launched Urban Profiles highlighting the priorities for improving life in all four centres of the southern African nation. FRENCH
Nairobi, 17 Jan 12
UN-HABITAT this week hosted the first Steering Committee meeting for the African Conference on Volunteer Action for Peace and Development to be held on 25-27 June 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya.
Durban, South Africa, 7 Dec 11
UN-HABITAT’s staff photographer, Mr. Julius Mwelu, this week was announced the winner of the Connect4Climate (C4C) photographic award at the United Nations Climate Change Conference.
New York, 15 Nov 11
UN-HABITAT has teamed up with the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and the United Nations Academic Impact agency to stage a glittering urban design exhibition in the visitor’s lobby of the world body’s global headquarters.
Nairobi, 14 Nov 11
About 200 youth from Kenya and Norway began a caravan that is going from Nairobi, Kenya and ending two weeks later at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change's conference (COP-17) in Durban, South Africa.
Cape Town, South Africa, 22 Mar 11
Keynote speakers at the United Nations 2011 World Water Day convention warned this week that greater efforts had to be made to provide better water and sanitation for cities, and especially for the urban poor.
Nairobi, 30 Nov 10
The Executive Director, Dr. Joan Clos, has observed that urbanization is one of the most political issues of our time. Dr. Clos made the observation today while receiving the credentials from the new Permanent Representative of the Republic of South Africa to UN-Habitat, H.E. Mr. Ndumiso Ndima Ntshinga.
Durban, 14 Sept 10
With an accelerated pace of urbanization which is projected to result in over 300 million new urban dwellers in the next 20 years, planners in Africa are faced with the daunting task of ensuring that the development takes place in an orderly manner.
Nairobi, 6 Sept 10
UN-HABITAT on Monday announced the winners of its 2010 Scroll of Honour, the UN's most prestigious award in human settlements development. The awards, which honour individuals and institutions instrumental in improving living conditions in towns and cities, will be bestowed on World Habitat Day.
Johannesburg, 11 Jul 10
In her last official mission to South Africa as UN-HABITAT's Executive Director, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka had a meeting with a constituency close to her heart- the young people. The historic visit also saw Mrs. Tibaijuka meet the former South Africa's President Nelson Mandela at his home.
Garankuwa, South Africa, 11 Jul 10
Just hours before the historic FIFA World Cup final match kicked off in South Africa on Sunday, UN-HABITAT and its partners launched a major initiative aimed at making Africa's young people more productive and keep them away from delinquency.
Pretoria, 10 Jul 10
A group of young people from Eastern and South Africa meeting in Pretoria on Saturday declared that they were indeed the people who will bring solution to the myriad problems facing their countries.
Marrakech, Morocco, 18 Dec 09
His Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco, this week opened the fifth session of the African cities summit at a glittering ceremony attended by high ranking figures from around the continent.
Copenhagen, 17 Dec 09
Mayors and local authority leaders from around the world this week demanded more say in climate change negotiations because the majority of people live in towns and cities. Their appeal came as the world waited with bated breath for news of the outcome of the global climate talks in Copenhagen.
Copenhagen, 17 Dec 09
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged world leaders to come up with a climate change deal as they battled to find consensus after years of preparation for Friday’s finale at the climate talks in Copenhagen.
Copenhagen, 16 Dec 09
As world climate talks heated up to a tense finale on Friday, a group of UN agencies warned world leaders gathering in Copenhagen that the cities, now home to most of humanity, are the key battle fronts where the war against the impacts of climate change must be fought and won.
Copenhagen, 15 Dec 09
Cities are one of the battle fronts where the war against the effects of climate change must be fought and won, a discussion forum bringing together several UN agencies said Monday.
Nairobi, 15 Dec 09
UN-HABITAT this week announced a new drive to raise awareness in African cities about climate change problems so that proper mitigation and adaptation plans can be put in place. A pilot programme for local authorities will start in five cities – Mombasa (Kenya), Kigali (Rwanda), St Louis (Senegal), Walvis Bay (Namibia), and Bobo-Dioulasso (Burkina Faso).
Nairobi,Kenya, 13 Jul 09
UN-HABITAT and the Kenya National Library Services have signed a new library deal whereby cargo containers will be used to serve poor communities. The idea of the Container Library Project, a first of its kind in Kenya, is to help people living in informal settlements get access to reading material, business and education opportunities.
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.
Dubai, 13 May 09
Twelve lucky winners from around the world were this week each handed a USD 30,000 cash prize, a gilted wind tower and a certificate for their work in promoting a better urban future in a glittering ceremony marking the seventh Dubai International Award for Best Practices.
Dubai, UAE, 24 Nov 08
An independent international jury, chaired by Ms. Banashree Banerjee of India, has announced the winners of the 2008 Dubai International Awards for Best Pactices to improve the Living Environment.
Nairobi, 26 Feb 08
Hundreds of young Kenyans gathered on Monday to launch a campaign aimed at getting their peers to refrain from post-election violence that has so far claimed some 1,000 lives and displacing almost 300,000 people around the country.
Alexandria, Egypt, 26 Nov 07
Former Mozambique President Joaquim Chissano this week received the inaugural Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership aimed at promoting good governance in Africa
Nairobi, 4 Sept 06
Officials of South Africa’s National Council of Provinces today attended a high profile briefing at the UN-HABITAT headquarters in Nairobi where they held talks with top officials of the agency.
Cape Town, 25 May 06
At the behest of the recently concluded African Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (AMCHUD), homeless people and slum dwellers from around the world gathered in Cape Town last week to engage governments in talks to improve their plight.
Johannesburg, 9 Mar 06
A South African court last week made a landmark judgment concerning housing rights of the urban poor when it ruled unconstitutional plans by Johannesburg city to conduct evictions from ‘bad buildings’.
Johannesburg, 9 Nov 05
Shouting their message in full volume to more than 500 participants at the first African Hip-Hop Summit in Newtown, Johannesburg, leading Hip-Hop artists from around the world teamed up with UN-HABITAT last month to help give young people a voice in their affairs.
Durban, South Africa, 10 Feb 05
Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, last week solicited the views of more than 40 African housing ministers and senior officials on urbanization, aid and trade on Friday for a report that will go to the Group of Eight leading industrialized powers.
Durban, 3 Feb 05
DURBAN, 3 February 2005 - Ministers and senior officials from more than 40 African countries gathered in Durban, South Africa on Thursday at the First African Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (AMCHUD) to thrash out ways of tackling growing urbanization in a continent where, south of the Sahara, over 70 per cent of urban dwellers live in slums.
Durban, 2 Feb 05
Experts meeting at the ongoing African Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (AMCHUD) joined the African Union and UN-HABITAT with passionate calls for Africa to speak with one voice at a series of forthcoming international meetings.
Durban, 1 Feb 05
An African Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (AMCHUD) opened in Durban, South Africa, yesterday with a warning that unless African countries take urgent action on runaway urbanization and growing slums, they will fail future generations.
Durban, 31 Jan 05
Cabinet ministers and senior officials from more than 40 African countries will gather in Durban, South Africa, this week for the first African Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (AMCHUD).
Durban, 10 Nov 03
UN-HABITAT’s Safer Cities Programme and eThekwini Municipality are jointly organising an international conference in the South African city of Durban aimed at keeping up efforts to reduce crime and insecurity in towns and cities around the world. The conference on Sustainable Safety: Municipalities at the Crossroads will be held from 25-28 November.