Shanghai, 4 Jun 10
Yesterday, the United Nations Pavilion held a “Dream of a smoke-free city” celebration. Mark Rowswell, the Commissioner General of the Canada Pavilion which has committed to the anti-smoking campaign, presided over the ceremony.
New York, 3 Jun 10
In a short but moving ceremony on 29 May, the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) commemorated the International Day of UN Peacekeepers in Shanghai, China at the UN Pavilion in the International Exposition.
Nairobi, 3 Jun 10
UN-HABITAT is joining hands with the Institute for Urban Design in New York to carry live a debate on the Haiti crisis which promises to give new insights into how the country is recovering following the deadliest earthquake in living memory and the need for urban planning in disaster recovery. The debate will be streamed live on this website starting 1.00 pm, New York time.
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
Nairobi,Kenya, 2 Jun 10
The Executive Director, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, has assured the Government and people of Somalia of the organization’s continued support in its quest for stability and sustainable urbanization. Mrs. Tibaijuka gave the assurance today while receiving the credentials of the country’s new Permanent Representative to UN-HABITAT, Mr. Mohamed Ali Nur.
Bethlehem, West Bank, 2 Jun 10
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas last week launched a landmark USD 500 million mortgage finance program that will double the number of Palestinian families who are able to purchase homes by offering long-term mortgages that will enable them to enjoy the benefits of home ownership without excessively burdening their monthly incomes.
Yangon, 2 Jun 10
Norwegian Development and Environment Minister, Mr. Erik Solheim, this week visited villages being rehabilitated by UN-HABITAT and its partners following the devastation caused by a cyclone two years ago.