Stockholm, 21 Aug 08
Inspired leaders who champion reforms can play a key role in helping Asian countries manage their water resources at a time of extreme pressure brought on by rapid urbanisation, climate change, pollution and industrialization, a senior Asia Development Bank official told the Asia Water Day seminar at the World Water Week in Stockholm this week.
Stockholm, 19 Aug 08
On the second day of the conference, UN-HABITAT convened a special seminar with a panel of donors, representatives of major organizations and other experts to provide a special insight to conference delegates on the Global Water Operators Partnerships Alliance which the agency promotes around the world.
Stockholm, 18 Aug 08
As more than 2,000 water experts from 140 countries world gathered in Stockholm on Monday for the 18th annual World Water Week convention, HRH Prince of Orange, congratulated delegates for helping reduce the number of people around the world without access to water and sanitation.
Beijing, 12 Aug 08
China’s Minister of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, Mr. Jiang Weixin, on Monday received UN-HABITAT’s Executive Director, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka to discuss a wide range of housing matters and arrangements for the fourth session of the World Urban Forum scheduled in the Chinese city of Nanjing 3-6 November.
Bangkok, 12 Aug 08
A group of 28 urban professionals from 15 countries in Africa and Asia gathered at the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok on Monday at the start of a special two-week course on how to use city planning as a tool for sustainable development.
Nairobi, 11 Aug 08
A week-long workshop on film-making organized jointly by UN-HABITAT and the National Film Board of Canada for youth drawn from slum areas in Nairobi opened at the UN-HABITAT headquarters Monday.
Yangon, 6 Aug 08
UN-HABITAT, the Myanmar Engineering Society, and the Association of Myanmar Architects, has organized a design competition in the southeast Asian country to come up with the best disaster-resistant buildings possible for areas devastated in May by Cyclone Nargis. The storm, the worst in the country’s history, claimed countless thousands of lives when it destroyed wide swathes of lands and property in the Ayeyarwady Delta. Within days of the disaster on 2 May, UN-HABITAT joined the humanitarian country team to start helping rebuild homes and lives.
Beijing, 5 Aug 08
UN-HABITAT’s Executive Director, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, will attend the Olympic Games opening ceremony on 8 August ahead of talks with senior Chinese officials on how the agency can further support China at a time the country is experiencing the most rapid urbanisation in its history.