Nanyuki, Kenya, 31 May 06
Some 26 participants last week successfully took part in a Training of Trainers workshop as part of a joint initiative between UN-HABITAT and the Centre for International Cooperation of Israel (MASHAV).
Nairobi, 29 May 06
UN-HABITAT and the international development agency Action Aid last Friday signed a comprehensive cooperation agreement which will see the two organisations collaborate in wide ranging areas of mutual concern.
Nairobi, 29 May 06
India has signed a landmark agreement with UN-HABITAT to host the inaugural meeting of a new housing development forum for the rapidly urbanising Asia-Pacific region, which is home to the world’s largest number of slum dwellers.
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.
Garowe, Puntland, 18 May 06
Top officials led by the Vice-President of Puntland, Mr. Hassan Dahir Mohamoud, on Saturday opened a new housing project for the urban poor and people displaced by conflict.
New York, 16 May 06
UN-HABITAT’s Executive Director, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka said in a statement to the fourteenth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development in New York that poor people living in towns and cities around the world had benefited very little from conventional energy policies, with an estimated 2 billion forced to cut down trees and use other traditional fuels for cooking because they had no electricity.
Nairobi, 15 May 06
Professor John Friedmann has won the first United Nations Human Settlements Lecture award. The recently launched UN-HABITAT Lecture series is organized through the Global Research Network on Human Settlements (HS-Net), an international board that advises UN-HABITAT on its Global Report on Human Settlements.
Washington DC, 8 May 06
UN-HABITAT’s Executive Director, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, last week told a special panel of the United States Senate that 72 percent of the urban populations in Africa still live in slums and informal settlements.