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Sri Lankan women break traditional barriers by training as masons  
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.
United Cities and Local Governments association marks 100 years  
Nairobi, 26 Sept 13
The world association of civic authorities, the United Cities and Local Governments will next week mark 100 years of existence.
UN-Habitat improving lives of the people of South Sudan  
Juba , 24 Sept 13
UN-Habitat in partnership with the Government of South Sudan and the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have embarked on a journey to make the residents of South Sudan’s dream of improved health come true
Myanmar Climate Change Alliance (MCCA) launched  
Nay Pyi Taw, 23 Sept 13
At a ceremony organized by the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry the Myanmar Climate Change Alliance (MCCA) was formally launched last week.
UN-Habitat Launches Global Report On Urban Mobility  
New York, 23 Sept 13
UN-Habitat has launched its biannual flagship report, the Global Report on Human Settlements 2013 - Planning and Design for Sustainable Urban Mobility at a press conference in New York in the run up to the United Nations General Assembly.
UN Chief Condemns Nairobi Terrorist Attack  
New York, 22 Sept 13
Message from the United Nations Secretary-General Mr Ban Ki-Moon on attack in Nairobi
Barcelona hosts meeting on managing rapid urbanization in developing world  
Barcelona, 19 Sept 13
Urban development experts from national, regional and city governments, international organizations and academia gathered in Barcelona this week to discuss innovative approaches to the management of urban growth in rapidly urbanizing cities of the developing world.
IV World Planning Schools Conference  
Nairobi, 19 Sept 13
Global Crisis: Planning and Challenges to Spatial Justice is the theme of the IV World Planning Schools Conference. This international gathering of city and regional planning educators and scholars will be held in Rio de Janeiro in July 2016. More information about the conference will be available online. Meanwhile visit the sites of (GPEAN) Global Planning Education Association Network; (IPPUR/UFRJ) Instituto de Pesquisa e Planejamento Urbano e Regional; (ANPUR) the National Association of Urban and Regional Post-graduate and Research Programmes; which will soon have links to the conference website.
Myanmar’s Ministry of Construction receives urban resource centre  
Yangon, 18 Sept 13
The Urban Resource Center (URC) was recently opened by Dr. Win Myint, Union Deputy-Minister of Construction in the premises of Department of Human Settlements and Housing Development, Ministry of Construction in Yangon.
Envoy on Youth participates in discussion on Securing Land and Property Rights for All, UN Secretariat  
New York Monday , 16 Sept 13
In a side-event to the workshop on youth-led action research on land jointly organized by UN-Habitat and GLTN, the youth representatives from Brazil, Nepal, Kenya and Zimbabwe spoke on the importance of Securing Land and Property Rights for All.
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