Bonn, 15 May 12
Two UN agencies and the World Bank today expressed appreciation at the launch of a pilot version of a Global Protocol for Community-scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions, designed to harmonize emissions measurement and reporting process for the world's cities.
Nairobi, 11 May 12
Dr. Batilda S. Burian, the new Permanent Representative of the United Republic of Tanzania to UN-Habitat, presented her credentials to Dr. Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-Habitat on 11 May 2012.
NEW YORK/Nairobi, 8 May 12
Municipal authorities from eight cities around the world meet in Nairobi this week to learn about successful experiences in making cities a safer and a friendly place for all, with a special focus on women and children.
Kuwait City, 7 May 12
The urban population of the Arab States, which already quadrupled between 1970 and 2010, will more than double to 438.6 million by 2050, warns UN-Habitat’s new report, The State of Arab Cities 2012: Challenges of Urban Transition.
Somaliland, 1 May 12
In early 2012, the Association of Local Government Authorities of Somaliland (ALGASL) expanded its technical support to local authorities, including the contribution of basic equipment such as computers. The association advocates and lobbies for autonomous, sustainable, and democratic local government systems in Somaliland that have quality and equitable service delivery.
Mogadishu, 1 May 12
In July 2011, UN-Habitat completed the construction of 5 permanent primary schools for 2,000 internally displaced children in 5 districts of Mogadishu. The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) funded the pilot project, which aimed to improve the living conditions of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and contribute to rehabilitating and rebuilding the destroyed public infrastructure in the Somali capital.
Turin, Italy, 1 May 12
Though conflict prevention and peace building are high on the global development agenda, less attention is paid to the great potential of decentralization as a means to these ends. In November, two UN-Habitat staff members – the manager and the Somaliland team leader of the UN Joint Programme on Local Governance and Decentralized Service Delivery – and other joint programme staff participated in a Decentralized Governance, Conflict Prevention, and Peace Building training course by the UN System Staff College.