New York, 24 Apr 12
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday told a high-level delegation of mayors, local and regional authorities that he would ensure rapid urbanisation around the world takes high priority on the Rio +20 agenda because the battle for sustainability would be won or lost in cities.
Nairobi, 20 Feb 12
UN-Habitat Executive Director Dr. Joan Clos on Monday hailed the joint collaboration of UN-Habitat and its sister agency, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) now celebrating its 40th anniversary.
Durban, South Africa, 7 Dec 11
UN-HABITAT’s staff photographer, Mr. Julius Mwelu, this week was announced the winner of the Connect4Climate (C4C) photographic award at the United Nations Climate Change Conference.
Nairobi, 3 Nov 11
Burkina Faso celebrated World Habitat Day for a whole month this year for the 26th time. Highlights includedthe broadcast of a documentary film on flooding, with posters around the capital, and a message by Mr. Yacouba Barry, Minister of Housing and Urbanism on climate change. A public convention was held during which a storm water project at the Bangr ' Wéogo city park in Ouagadougou was launched, thanks to funding of USD 12.6 million (XOF 6 billion) from the West African Development Bank. There were special events held for the homeless, architects, and the National Habitat Coalition.Lire la suite en français
Gangwon , 15 Oct 11
Urban planners and decision-makers from 10 Asian countries concluded a course on cities and climate change adaptation. The course which focused on vulnerability assessment and climate change action plans helps cities improve their planning and response to climate change.
Asuncion, Paraguay, 19 Sept 11
Ministers and senior officials from Latin America and the Caribbean MINURVI group last week brought climate change and housing issues to the top of their agenda in preparation for a series of major international and regional meetings.
Bangkok, Thailand, 7 Sept 11
The recently drafted national climate change action plan or NCCAP seeks to spell out a ridge-to-reef strategy to bring about sustainable climate change actions. In line with the NCCAP, HUDCC is working with UN-HABITAT and other government agencies in defining details on processes and techniques to strengthen the poor’s housing and settlement as they face the downward risks from the ridge like flooding and landslide, and the inward risks from the sea like storm surge, strong typhoons and sea level rise.
Gaza City, Palestine, 10 Aug 11
UN-HABITAT said this week that a newly restored park in an area damaged during a 2009 Israeli raid had inspired the building of more green spaces in the Gaza Strip as local residents and the agencies working with them to build back better.
Rio de Janeiro, 17 May 11
Representatives from several of the poorest neighbourhoods in Rio de Janeiro recently praised the authorities for instituting a new peace and anti-crime drive, aimed at making the streets safer, cleaner and ensuring better basic service delivery.
Copenhagen, 19 Dec 09
National governments must give cities the support they need to tackle climate change impacts, UN-HABITAT Executive Director Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka said at the end of the marathon climate change talks in the Danish capital.
Copenhagen, 15 Dec 09
Some 55 million people were affected by extreme weather conditions around the world in 2009, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction Ms. Margareta Wahlstrom said on Monday.
Nairobi, 15 Dec 09
UN-HABITAT this week announced a new drive to raise awareness in African cities about climate change problems so that proper mitigation and adaptation plans can be put in place. A pilot programme for local authorities will start in five cities – Mombasa (Kenya), Kigali (Rwanda), St Louis (Senegal), Walvis Bay (Namibia), and Bobo-Dioulasso (Burkina Faso).
Copenhagen, 14 Dec 09
UN-HABITAT is lobbing hard for young people saying that opinion shapers meeting at the world climate talks in Copenhagen must address concerns raised by youth who constitute the majority of the world’s population.
Kigali, Rwanda, 26 Nov 09
Local government officials came together on 26-27 November 2009, at a conference organised by the Rwandese Association of Local Governments and UN-HABITAT, in Kigali, Rwanda to hammer out a declaration on climate change.