Zaragoza, Spain, 10 Feb 12
The World Meteorological Organization Secretary-General Mr. Michel Jarraud and Mr. Albert Diphoorn, UN-Habitat Urban Basic Services Branch Coordinator, this week took office as chair and vice-chair respectively of UN-Water for a customary two-year term. Both were elected at UN-Water’s 15th meeting in Stockholm in August 2011.
Holy Makkah, Saudi Arabia, 2 Feb 12
The President of Islamic Development Bank in Jeddah, Ahmed Al-Madani, last week announced the Bank's interest in supporting UN-Habitat's Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme and the Palestine Housing Programme. FRENCH
Lilongwe, 2 Feb 12
The cities of Lilongwe, Blantyre, Mzuzu and Zomba last week launched Urban Profiles highlighting the priorities for improving life in all four centres of the southern African nation. FRENCH
Colombo, 30 Jan 12
A major post-conflict home reconstruction and repair project in Sri Lanka marked its first anniversary this month with the announcement that to date 3,000 internally displaced families have so far been assisted.