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UN-HABITAT and UNHCR sign agreement to help bridge the gap between relief and development  
Geneva, 17 Dec 03
Mr. Ruud Lubbers, the High Commissioner of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), and the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, today signed an operational Memorandum of Understanding, to improve their collaboration in delivering durable shelter solutions for refugees and returnees.
Local Authorities present Lyon Declaration to Kofi Annan  
Geneva, 15 Dec 03
Local Authorities presented a new declaration to UN-Secretary General, Kofi Annan, aimed at enhancing the partnership between local governments and the United Nations during the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) last week.
Local Authorities met in Lyon on the Information Society  
, 8 Dec 03
Lyon's Senator-Mayor, Mr. Gérard Collomb, told the World Summit of Cities and Local Authorities that local authorities had a critical role to play in bridging the digital divide between north and south.
Africities mayors pledge better urban services  
Yaoundé, 8 Dec 03
Mayors and local government officials from across Africa at the weekend concluded the Third Africities Summit in Yaoundé, Cameroon, with a pledge to work harder and cooperate more closely to provide better urban services to millions of citizens living in slums and informal settlements.
Norway contributes over $1 million to UN-HABITAT's Water and Sanitation Trust Fund.  
Nairobi, 5 Dec 03
The Norwegian government has signed an agreement with UN-HABITAT committing 10.24 million Norwegian Kroner (US $ 1.3. million) to the agency's Water and Sanitation Trust Fund.
Seeking better understanding of rural-urban linkages  
, 4 Dec 03
At a time of rapid urbanization in Africa, institutions of higher learning have been challenged to highlight the importance of rural-urban linkages. UN-HABITAT's Executive Director, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, posed this challenge at the Sokoine University of Agriculture 2003 convocation held on 27 November 2003. In her speech, Mrs. Tibaijuka stated that the strength of these linkages would determine the living conditions of people in both urban and rural areas of Africa. Such disciplines as agricultural economics needed to be linked to urban economics through regional development planning methods, cultural anthropology, geography, social research, ecology and engineering.
African Union pledges backing for mayors in drive to alleviate urban poverty  
, 4 Dec 03
President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique pledged his support for a new decentralisation drive by mayors across Africa so that rapidly growing towns and cities can get better service delivery of water, sanitation, electricity and other essential municipal services.
Agreement reached on how to measure progress towards the right to adequate housing  
, 2 Dec 03
An agreement has been reached on how to measure the state and progressive realization of the right to adequate housing, as outlined in the Habitat Agenda and other international instruments, during an expert group meeting convened in Geneva from 26-28 November 2003. The meeting was organized by UN-HABITAT and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) - through their joint initiative, the United Nations Housing Rights Programme.
Third Africities Summit opens in Cameroon  
, 2 Dec 03
Mayors from across Africa gathered in Yaoundé, Cameroon today for the Third Africities Summit of local authorities seeking to redress the continent's myriad urban problems and rapidly growing slums.
Barcelona's Mayor Clos and UN-HABITAT plan for World Urban Forum  
, 1 Dec 03
Barcelona's Mayor Joan Clos met with Mr. Lars Reutersward, Director of UN-HABITAT's Global Division last week to discuss the World Urban Forum, a major United Nations meeting, which will be hosted by the Mayor during the Universal Forum of Cultures in 2004.
 
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