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Nairobi, 11 Sept 07
UN HABITAT announces the 2007 Scroll of Honour Award Winners

As part of the celebrations to mark this year’s World Habitat Day, UN-HABITAT Thursday announced the list of individuals and institutions it was honouring with the Habitat Scroll of Honour award for their commitment to promotion of human settlements.

“This is the most prestigious award given by the United Nations in recognition of work carried out in the field of human settlements development. The aim of the Habitat Scroll of Honour award is to recognise individuals and institutions instrumental in improving the living conditions in urban centers around the world,” said Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka. Executive Director of UN-HABITAT.

The Habitat Scroll of Honour is awarded each year on World Habitat Day, which was established by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness about the state of human settlements.

This year, UN-HABITAT Executive Director Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka will present the awards to the winners as part of this year’s Global Celebrations of World Habitat Day, on 1 October 2007, in The Hague, The Netherlands, and on 5 October 2007 in Monterrey, Mexico.

From China, the Nanning Municipal People’s Government is awarded for developing China’s first Integrated City Emergency Response System to streamline under one roof all the city’s police and fire emergencies, para-medic ambulance responses and traffic accident reporting systems, along with 30 other non-emergency public services that were previously managed by a variety of different administrative departments.

Dr. Eusebio Leal Spengler, Historian of the City of Havana, Cuba, is personally awarded the 2007 UN-HABITAT Scroll of Honour for his many years of charismatic leadership and painstaking dedication to the restoration and conservation of the Historical Centre of Havana.

Also making the list is the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies associated with the Erasmus University of Rotterdam in The Netherlands which is awarded for leading the way as a global centre of excellence and knowledge through its high quality teaching programmes in housing, urban management and urban environmental management and planning.

From Pakistan, Lieutenant-General Nadeem Ahmed, Deputy Chairman, Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA), is personally awarded the 2007 UN-HABITAT Scroll of Honour for demonstrating great leadership and compassion in face of calamity to help millions of people rebuild their homes and lives after the 2005 earthquake.

The Palestinian Housing Council (PHC) is awarded for exceptional endeavours in helping provide homes, apartments, employment prospects and bringing new hope to countless Palestinian families.

From Russia, the Stavropol City Administration’s project, A safe city is a just city, is awarded formajor gains in building an inclusive city – reducing crime and ethnic tensions while improving employment, health and economic prospects for all.

Finally, the Mwanza Rural Housing Programme (MRHP) from Tanzania is awarded for helping bring shelter, employment and healthier living and environmental conditions to hundreds of thousands of Tanzanian households.

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