Nairobi, Kenya, 26 Nov 08
UN-HABITAT in collaboration with the Government of Kenya and the NGO Maji na Ufanisi, last week opened new public toilets and bathrooms intended to help improve the lives of destitute Nairobi slum dwellers.
Dubai, UAE, 24 Nov 08
An independent international jury, chaired by Ms. Banashree Banerjee of India, has announced the winners of the 2008 Dubai International Awards for Best Pactices to improve the Living Environment.
Tunis, 21 Nov 08
UN-HABITAT believes that future of African cities and their economic growth depends largely on infrastructure investment.
Delivering a keynote address at the African Economic Conference (AEC) held in Tunis, Tunisia the Director of Regional Office for Africa and Arab States (ROAAS) Mr. Alioune Badiane blamed inadequate policies at both the local and central government, lack of political will and transparency in governance for the underdevelopment of urban economies in the continent.
Dubai, 13 Nov 08
An independent jury of international experts met in Dubai from 12-14 November 2008 and selected 12 winners for the 2008 Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment. The selection was made from a list of 48 initiatives, short-listed out of 436 submissions, previously reviewed by an independent Technical Advisory Committee in October 2008. The winners were all deemed to have made outstanding contributions to improving the quality of life in cities and communities.
Nairobi, 11 Nov 08
Although worldwide urban growth is expected to slow, a new report by UN-HABITAT is projecting the reverse in Africa with the continent’s urban population being projected to more than double by 2030.
Nanjing, China, 6 Nov 08
Private sector leaders brainstormed on how to build greener cities even as they push their bottom lines, during the Fourth World Urban Forum in Nanjing, China from November 03 – 06.