Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 24 Oct 13
The General Assembly of Ministers and High Authorities of Housing and Urban Development of Latin America and the Caribbean (MINURVI) agreed among other things, to encourage the development of urban policy that considers the population of informal settlements and provide access to land with urban infrastructure, community facilities and sanitation to strengthen human and social capital.
Medellin, 23 Oct 13
On World Habitat Day this year, the Colombian Minister of Housing, Luis Felipe Henao Cardona, the Mayor of Medellin, Anibal Gaviria and the Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Dr. Joan Clos, oversaw _
Colombo, Sri Lanka, 21 Oct 13
The Government of Australia provided AUD 1,000,000 (LKR 126 million) to the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) to support Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Preparedness Plans for the cities of Ratnapura, Batticaloa, Kalmunai and Balangoda. The plans for each city were officially launched at the BMICH in Colombo today.
Nairobi, 18 Oct 13
UN-Habitat has joined the Open Aid Partnership, a World Bank-led initiative that brings together development partners, governments, civil society organizations, foundations, and the private sector to improve aid transparency and effectiveness.
Port-au-Prince, 17 Oct 13
Nearly four years after the devastating earthquake laid Port-au-Prince to ruins, UN-Habitat Executive Director Dr. Joan Clos this week visited the city and toured projects implemented by the agency in the metropolitan area.
Nairobi, 16 Oct 13
UN-Habitat, in partnership with the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) has delivered important training for local government training institutions in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. 20 participants attended the event from municipal organizations, NGOs, universities and other institutions that provide training to local governments throughout the region.
New York, 7 Oct 13
Cities must boost efforts to become more resilient to natural disasters as well as provide their citizens with methods of alternative transportation to thrive, senior United Nations officials said today.
Medellin, 7 Oct 13
The city of Medellin in Colombia was the host of the main celebrations marking this year’s World Habitat Day.
Other festivities were held with a wide range of events and activities on the theme “Urban Mobility” held in Medellin, London, Singapore, Nairobi and many other cities, towns and assorted venues across the globe.
Medellin, 7 Oct 13
A project focused on restoring a historic town centre supporting economic and community regeneration and a targeted programme for providing accommodation for chronically homeless people are the winners of the 2013 World Habitat Awards – chosen from over 200 entries from across the globe.
The Hebron Old City Rehabilitation Programme in Palestine aims to re-populate the deteriorated city centre, preserve cultural heritage, support local economic development and provide affordable housing.