Nairobi, 14 Jan 14
Nigeria’s Zamfara State on Tuesday signed an agreement under which it will make a contribution of USD 2 million to UN-Habitat over three years (2014-2016) for socio-economic and urban planning projects in selected towns and cities of the state.
Goma, 14 Jan 14
The U.S. Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, James C. Swan, Embassy representatives, and a USAID representative have visited the territory of Rutshuru in North Kivu, which was recently freed from M23 rebel movement occupation.
Riyadh, 19 Dec 13
HRH Prince Mansour Bin Moteab Bin Abdel Aziz, Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs(MOMRA) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Dr. Jon Clos, Executive Director of UN-Habitat,have signed a four-year programme of cooperation agreement for the development of the “Future Saudi Cities” Programme.
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Riyadh, 17 Dec 13
UN-Habitat’s Regional Office for Arab States’ Director Dr. Mostafa Madbouly has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Saudi Green Building Forum and the Egyptian Council for Green Buildings, launching the first Arab Network for Green Buildings.
Somalia, 16 Dec 13
Since the 1990s, armed conflict in Mogadishu and recurring famine in southern Somalia has resulted in the protracted and massive displacement of thousands of families – population movements of up to 20,000 people within a single week into or out of the capital. Since 2007, when fighting between government forces and anti-government militias intensified, an estimated 400,000 people have fled from the war zones in Mogadishu and settled along a 20-kilometre stretch of road leading out of the city. This has become known as the ‘Afgooye Corridor’ and is the largest single concentration of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the world.
Mogadishu , 11 Dec 13
The rehabilitated offices of the new Department of Urban Planning in Mogadishu Municipality (Benadir Regional Administration) officially opened on 10 September 2013. This was followed by a staff training session, the first module in an intensive geographic information system (GIS) course for the department’s newly recruited team, which includes an urban planner, a GIS team leader, three GIS operators, and six surveyors from the regional administration’s Land Department.