Colombo, Sri Lanka, 21 Oct 13
The Government of Australia provided AUD 1,000,000 (LKR 126 million) to the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) to support Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Preparedness Plans for the cities of Ratnapura, Batticaloa, Kalmunai and Balangoda. The plans for each city were officially launched at the BMICH in Colombo today.
Nairobi, 18 Oct 13
UN-Habitat has joined the Open Aid Partnership, a World Bank-led initiative that brings together development partners, governments, civil society organizations, foundations, and the private sector to improve aid transparency and effectiveness.
Port-au-Prince, 17 Oct 13
Nearly four years after the devastating earthquake laid Port-au-Prince to ruins, UN-Habitat Executive Director Dr. Joan Clos this week visited the city and toured projects implemented by the agency in the metropolitan area.
Nairobi, 16 Oct 13
UN-Habitat, in partnership with the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) has delivered important training for local government training institutions in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. 20 participants attended the event from municipal organizations, NGOs, universities and other institutions that provide training to local governments throughout the region.
New York, 7 Oct 13
Cities must boost efforts to become more resilient to natural disasters as well as provide their citizens with methods of alternative transportation to thrive, senior United Nations officials said today.
Medellin, 7 Oct 13
The city of Medellin in Colombia was the host of the main celebrations marking this year’s World Habitat Day.
Other festivities were held with a wide range of events and activities on the theme “Urban Mobility” held in Medellin, London, Singapore, Nairobi and many other cities, towns and assorted venues across the globe.
Nairobi, 4 Oct 13
On the occasion of this year’s World Habitat Day, the Executive Director of UN-Habitat Dr. Joan Clos has called for improved accessibility and mobility in urban areas for more efficient of the world’s cities and towns.
Northern Province, Sri Lanka , 27 Sept 13
Women from Sri Lanka’s conflict-affected Northern Province are breaking traditional barriers by moving into previously male-dominated occupations in the construction sector. By engaging in vocational skills training programmes in masonry and carpentry, both male and female youth are empowered to pursue skilled occupations. Masonry and carpentry have been traditionally dominated by men with very few women engaged in these sectors.