Accra, 20 May 13
UN-Habitat Executive Director Dr. Joan Clos on Friday paid a courtesy call on the mayor of Accra Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije during which they discussed issues of mutual interest. The mayor upraised the Executive Director on the various challenges he was facing in running the city.
Kampala, 17 May 13
UN-Habitat Executive Director Dr. Joan Clos has said that the agency would be willing to extend its rich pool of expertise to the city of Kampala to help it grapple with urbanization challenges.
Kampala, 17 May 13
On the sidelines of the ongoing Commonwealth Local Governments Conference in Kampala, UN-Habitat Executive Director Dr. Joan Cloas held meetings Wednesday with Ugandan ministers and other officials where he pledged the agency’s willingness to help the East African nation in dealing with urbanization issues.
Nairobi, 6 May 13
The Transition Authority of Kenya the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support sustainable urban development and management in the framework of the devolved system of Government.
Cambridge, Boston, 2 May 13
Dr. Joan Clos, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UN-Habitat Executive Director, on Thursday participated as a keynote speaker at an international development conference in the United States.
Nairobi, 2 May 13
The involvement of slum dwellers as partners and not beneficiaries was identified as one of the main recommendations that help to empower communities as well as strengthen the effectiveness of participatory slum upgrading processes.
Nairobi, 24 Apr 13
The partnership between UN-Habitat and the International Ecological Safety Collaborative Organization was strengthened with the signing of an agreement of cooperation focusing on youth empowerment and urban ecological safety.
Nairobi, 19 Apr 13
The Federal Government of Nigeria and the Government of Ondo State, Nigeria, this week announced a contribution totaling USD 5 million to the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).
Nairobi, 19 Apr 13
The twenty-fourth biennial meeting of governments in the Governing Council of UN-Habitat came to a close in Nairobi on Friday with a broad consensus on the relevance of sustainable urban development and the important role the agency is playing in the United Nations system.
Nairobi, Kenya, 18 Apr 13
The city of Medellín, Colombia and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) have launched an innovative programme to enhance the processes of urban redevelopment in the city.
Nairobi, 18 Apr 13
During the Governing Council meeting in Nairobi last week, UN-Habitat and Secretary General Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) announced the EcoMobility World Festival due in September 2013 in the city of Suwon, South Korea.
Nairobi, 18 Apr 13
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) announced today, the ten partner cities for its City Resilience Profiling Programme (CRPP). Working through partnerships with stakeholders including international agencies such as UNISDR, academic and research institutes, private sector actors, and NGOs, the CRPP will develop a comprehensive and integrated urban planning and management approach for profiling and monitoring the resilience of any city, to all plausible hazards.
Nairobi, 17 Apr 13
Investing in sustainable infrastructures and resource efficient technologies in cities offers a golden opportunity to deliver economic growth with lower rates of environmental degradation, reductions in poverty, cuts in greenhouse gases, and improved well-being, according to a new report released by the United Nations today.
Nairobi, 17 Apr 13
UN-Habitat and The Korea Transport Institute (KOTI) on Tuesday signed a Partnership Agreement which aims at supporting cities in developing sustainable urban transport systems with a focus on public transport.
Nairobi, 16 Apr 13
UN-Habitat- Executive Director Dr. Joan Clos and the President of the Republic of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday jointly launched one of the first Bicycle sharing concepts in Africa at the United Nations Headquarters in Gigiri. This took place after the official UN-Habitat Governing Council Opening session.
Nairobi, Kenya, 15 Apr 13
As a side event to its 24th Governing Council, UN-Habitat organised a workshop on April 13th 2013 at the United Nations’ Offices in Nairobi (Kenya), discussing the use of a new generation of National Urban Policies (NUP) towards socio-economic growth and Sustainable Development.
Nairobi, Kenya, 15 Apr 13
Ms. Amal Pepple, the Minister of Housing, Land and Urban Development for the Federal Republic of Nigeria was today elected the new President of UN-Habitat’s 24th Session of the Governing Council.
Nairobi, 14 Apr 13
A round table as a lead-up to the 24th Session of the UN-Habitat's Governing Council was held on Sunday, Introduced by Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, the Secretary-General's Special Advisor on Post-2015, and Dr. Joan Clos, the Executive Director of UN-Habitat, the event focused on the role of urbanization in the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.
Nairobi, 3 Apr 13
The United Nations has teamed up with youth groups, private sector bodies and NGO partners all over the world to launch MY World, which is the United Nations Survey for a Better World. MY World asks citizens everywhere about the issues that make the most difference to their lives.
Antananarivo, 3 Apr 13
The Government of Madagascar with the support from UNDP and UN-Habitat organized the first National Urban forum from 27-28 March with the theme: “Building together the future of our cities” following extensive consultations at local and regional levels from 27 February to 26 March 2013.
World Water Day, 22 Mar 13
World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
New York, 22 Mar 13
UN-Habitat Executive Director Dr. Joan Clos last week in New York joined other heads of United Nations system organisations and bodies in signing a joint statement on “Ending Violence against Women and Girls”.
Kabul, 5 Mar 13
The Government of Japan last week approved JPY2,187 million (approximately USD23.77 million) of grant assistance to UN-Habitat for its Community-Based Municipal Support Programme in five Afghan cities.
Northern Province, Sri Lanka, 20 Feb 13
Less than six months after the commencement of the Indian Housing Project in the North of Sri Lanka, several home owners have already completed reconstructing their houses.
Nairobi, 19 Feb 13
UN-Habitat launched the construction of a Multifunctional Clean Energy Centre at St. Christine Community School Centre in Kibera Kenya. The project which is funded by DANIDA and UN-Habitat, is a joint initiative by the local community, Under the Same Sky project, and Umande Trust in partnership with VE International (Denmark). It is the first of a series of Multifunctional Clean Energy Centres that UN-Habitat plans to construct in other Sub-Saharan African cities.
New York, 14 Feb 13
UN-Habitat and the International Council for Caring Communities (ICCC) last Friday organized an international working session in addressing one of themes of the 21st Century: Prosperity in Cities.
Nairobi, 7 Feb 13
Leaders of the Kenyan chapter of the Organization of African Youth (OAY) paid a courtesy call on UN-Habitat to thank the agency for its support in hosting the African Youth conference on the Post 2015 Development Agenda that was held on 17th to 19th December 2012.
New York, 7 Feb 13
On the sidelines of the Commission on Social Development meeting in New York this week, the U.S. Mission to the UN and the International Labour Organization (ILO) convened a special forum bringing together key stakeholders to explore the challenges in implementing successful strategies.
Brussels, 4 Feb 13
Progress and achievements of the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme were shared with ambassadors from Africa, Caribbean and Pacific states participating in the Sub-Committee meeting on Political, Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs on 4 February 2013.
Novi Sad and Bečej, 31 Jan 13
The Regional Safety Strategy Working Group from the municipalities of Jablanica and Pcinja districts last week visited the government of the Autonomous Province (AP) of Vojvodina in Novi Sad to learn best practices from the area.
Colombo, 28 Jan 13
UN-Habitat is extending its partnership with the European Union (EU), Government of Australia (AusAID) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) to implement the second phase of the housing recovery project for conflict affected families. The project “Improving Living Conditions in Returnee Areas of Sri Lanka through Housing” will be implemented over the next 30 months- to mid-2015- in the North and East. The project will assist 4,000 conflict affected families in the districts of Killinochchi, Mullaitivu, Mannar and Batticaloa to reconstruct and repair their damaged houses.
Hanoi, 22 Jan 13
UN-Habitat this month led a joint United Nations consultative group in Vietnam to understand better the aspirations, problems and opportunities of the urban poor in the cities of Hanoi and Danang.
Port-au-Prince, 15 Jan 13
As Haiti marked the third anniversary of a devastating earthquake which claimed over 300,000 lives and left more than 1 million survivors homeless, UN-Habitat announced that it will broaden support to communities and institutions still trying to recover from the disaster.
"The earthquake in Haiti in January 2010 was an unprecedented urban crisis, highlighting chronic vulnerabilities in the city and setting back its development," said UN-Habitat Executive Director Joan Clos in a statement marking the anniversary.
NAIROBI, 14 Jan 13
UN-Habitat’s Executive Director Dr. Joan Clos on Monday announced the lanch of a new Global Consultation on Wastewater Management and Water Quality for the Post-2015 Development Agenda.