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Conference on Sustainable Urbanization begins in Kigali  
Kigali, 4 Sept 13
The Second International Tripartite Conference on "Sustainable Urbanization as Response to Urban Poverty Eradication" opened on Tuesday 5th September in Kigali, Rwanda with a call on nations and development partners to rise to the challenge of unsustainable urbanisation as the international community articulates the global post-2015 development agenda. French
East and Central African ministers agree on a roadmap for the Lake Tanganyika Programme  
Bujumbura, 19 Jul 13
Ministers and Permanent Secretaries of five East African Nations met last week to discuss an initiative to improve the water, sanitation and environmental conditions in the Lake Tanganyika Region.
A new strategic partnership on urban mobility  
Addis Ababa, 25 Oct 12
Dr. Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, UN-Habitat's Deputy Executive Director, on Monday 22 October signed an MOU with Mr. Jean Louis Leonard, President the Conference on Urban Mobility in the Developing World(CODATU) to strengthen UN-Habitat’s outreach and advocacy in sustainable urban mobility. 
Global slum upgrading programme moves into high gear  
Naples, Italy, 5 Sept 12
UN-Habitat this week announced the implementation of its Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme in member countries of the Brussels-based Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group (ACP) thanks to the support of the European Commission. French
UN-Habitat at the World Cities Summit  
Singapore, 19 Jun 12
UN-Habitat’s Deputy Executive Director, Dr. Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, will address the World Cities Summit 2012 in Singapore next month when she will have the opportunity to meet world leaders, mayors and the business community to discuss new ideas on liveable and sustainable cities.
International Criminal Court convicts Congolese child recruiter  
The Hague, 14 Mar 12
The International Criminal Court on Wednesday found Thomas Lubanga Diylo of war crimes for conscripting and enlisting children under 15 into the Forces patriotiques pour la libération du Congo (FPLC).
UN-Habitat Palestinian Advisory Board meets  
New York, 10 Feb 12
Representatives from more than 20 countries on Thursday attended the first Advisory Board of UN-Habitat’s Special Human Settlements Programme for the Palestinian People.
Volunteers for peace and development in Africa  
Nairobi, 17 Jan 12
UN-HABITAT this week hosted the first Steering Committee meeting for the African Conference on Volunteer Action for Peace and Development to be held on 25-27 June 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya.
Kagame and Clos agree on new urban development for Rwanda  
Kigali, 17 Jan 12
The Government of Rwanda and UN-Habitat will start work in coming weeks on a series of pilot projects to tackle growing urbanization confronting the country in recent years.
UN-Habitat starts an official visit to Rwanda  
Kigali, 16 Jan 12
Dr. Joan Clos, UN-Habitat Executive Director, and Dr. Aisa Kirabo, UN-Habitat Deputy Executive Director, this week started an official visit to Kigali, capital of Rwanda, visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial Site for the victims of the 1994 Genocide.
Former Mayor of Kigali, Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, New UN-HABITAT Deputy Executive Director  
New York, 11 Oct 11
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Ms. Aisa Kirabo Kacyira of the Republic of Rwanda as Deputy Executive Director and Assistant Secretary-General for UN-HABITAT. She succeeds Ms. Inga Björk-Klevby in the position.
Lake Victoria Initiative launches Capacity Building Programme in Rwanda  
Kigali, 22 Aug 11
A capacity building programme for Rwanda, as part of the second phase of Lake Victoria Water Initiative, was officially launched at a Stakeholders Workshop in Kigali on August 11th, 2011.
A big boost for energy efficient building in East Africa  
Nairobi, 18 May 11
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved a USD 2,853,000 for a joint UN-HABITAT / UNEP project to promote energy efficiency in the East African building sector.
African Development Bank boosts Lake Victoria urban water programme  
Mombasa, Kenya, 24 Feb 11
The African Development Bank has approved a USD 110 million grant to extend a UN-HABITAT's urban improvement programme to another 15 towns in five countries.
Twenty four graduate with diploma in urban studies  
Nairobi, Kenya, 17 Feb 11
Twenty four students comprising of town clerks, heads of departments, committee chairpersons, and council officers from the East African region last week with a Diploma in Urban Development Studies at a colorful ceremony attended by family, friends and invited guests.
Urban youth fund beneficiaries attend training course  
Nairobi, 14 Dec 10
A week of training by UN-HABITAT is underway for beneficiaries of the Urban Youth Fund from Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Palestine, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen and Zimbabwe.
Safer cities for women  
New Delhi, 2 Dec 10
UN-HABITAT and UNIFEM have announced that they plan to launch a new programme aimed at stopping sexual harassment and violence against women and girls.
UN-HABITAT, WWF join hands in Congo conservation  
Nairobi, 8 Sept 10
UN-HABITAT and WWF have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to ensure a better protection of the Virunga National Park , a World Heritage site in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The two agencies made the announcement on Tuesday.
UN-HABITAT and partners hold training on urban policing  
Barcelona, 11 Aug 10

Some 15 participants from six African countries were the beneficiaries of a landmark training seminar on urban policing held in Barcelona last month.

New African cities climate change initiative  
Nairobi, 15 Dec 09
UN-HABITAT this week announced a new drive to raise awareness in African cities about climate change problems so that proper mitigation and adaptation plans can be put in place. A pilot programme for local authorities will start in five cities – Mombasa (Kenya), Kigali (Rwanda), St Louis (Senegal), Walvis Bay (Namibia), and Bobo-Dioulasso (Burkina Faso).
Rwandan Local Governments Sign Declaration on Climate Change  
Kigali, Rwanda, 26 Nov 09
Local government officials came together on 26-27 November 2009, at a conference organised by the Rwandese Association of Local Governments and UN-HABITAT, in Kigali, Rwanda to hammer out a declaration on climate change.
Water for African Cities  
Johannesburg, 17 Nov 09
City managers from 18 cities across Africa met in Johannesburg in recent days to review progress of UN-HABITAT’s Water for African Cities’ Programme.
UN-HABITAT to aid displaced populations in the Great Lakes Region  
Nairobi, 14 Jul 09
Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of UN-HABITAT and Ambassador Liberata Mulamula, Executive Secretary of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Friday 10 July 2009.
Ministers hail UN-HABITAT Lake Victoria project  
Entebbe, Uganda, 27 Apr 09
Ministers responsible for water in East Africa have backed a proposal to expand a UN-HABITAT initiative aimed at benefiting towns in the region.
UN-HABITAT conducts Training of Trainers Workshop on Low-cost Water Testing and Treatment  
Kisii, Kenya, 27 Nov 08
The Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation Initiative hosted a three day Training - of - Trainers workshop in Kisii, Kenya from 25-27 November 2008 to equip participants with basic skills in low cost water quality testing.
China leads the way in harmonious cities as it scoops up 2008 World Habitat Day awards  
Nairobi, 6 Oct 08
At a time the global financial crisis has everybody worrying about their housing financing and mortgages in the United States and other developed countries, Chinese cities may have some of the best solutions to be found anywhere in the world.
Rwanda's first urban forum  
Kigali, 21 Jul 08
Rwanda’s Minister for Infrastructure, Ms. Linda Bihire, last week joined some 200 business leaders, local authorities, non governmental organisations and other experts at the country’s first National Urban Forum in the capital, Kigali.
Burundi launches urbanization policy  
Bujumbura, 17 Apr 08
The government of Burundi this week achieved a milestone when it launched the national housing and urbanization policy.
Introducing participatory budgeting for better service delivery and transparency in Africa  
Durban, South Africa, 18 Mar 08
Senior officials representing governments, local authorities and NGOs from 29 African countries gathered in Durban last week for Africa’s first regional seminar
Rwanda Hosts the National Conference on Poverty and Good Governance  
Kigali, 22 Oct 07
A two-day national conference on poverty reduction and good governance through sustainable urban development and housing was last week held in Kigali with a call to establish the Rwandan Urban Forum,
UN-HABITAT in partnership with other agencies on post-conflict rights  
Nairobi, 17 Aug 07
UN-HABITAT has teamed up with leading agencies to help displaced people and refugees returning home assert their rights to housing and property lost during conflict through the publication of a new Handbook aimed at putting right a major gap in global humanitarian response systems.
Remembering the Rwanda genocide victims  
Nairobi, 12 Apr 07
United Nations staff, religious leaders and members of the diplomatic community on Thursday gathered at the UN office in Nairobi to mark the International Day of Reflection for victims of the 1994 Rwanda genocide.
UN-HABITAT Promotes Urban Youth Leadership  
Kampala, 8 Mar 07
Over 60 representatives from cities across East Africa met in Kampala, Uganda to explore how to advance youth leadership in a region where more than half the population is under 24.
UN-HABITAT brings water and sanitation programme to Rwanda  
Kigali, 26 Feb 07
UN-HABITAT announced on Monday that it will extend its Water for African Cities Programme to help provide water and sanitation services for people living in the country’s slums and other poor neighbourhoods.
UN-HABITAT and MASHAV hold first joint urban training seminar  
Nanyuki, Kenya, 31 May 06
Some 26 participants last week successfully took part in a Training of Trainers workshop as part of a joint initiative between UN-HABITAT and the Centre for International Cooperation of Israel (MASHAV).
Rwandan Genocide Commemorated  
Nairobi, Kenya, 7 Apr 06
The United Nations community on Friday marked the 12th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide with calls for strict surveillance so that such an act is never repeated.
Regional heads of state push for peace in the Great Lakes region  
Dar Es Salaam, 22 Dec 04
Regional Heads of State last month held a summit meeting in Tanzania aimed at getting lasting solutions to the strife torn Great Lakes Region.
UN Security Council on Africa peace mission  
Nairobi, 24 Nov 04
The United Nations Security Council this week embarked on a peace mission to Africa's Great Lakes region as part of an historic visit that started with a meeting in Nairobi to consolidate a deal aimed at ending two decades of north-south conflict between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement.
Nairobi, 7 Apr 04
Hundreds of United Nations staff members gathered at the Memorial Garden, Gigiri, in Nairobi to observe the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda. Acting Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, read the Secretary-General's message commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide.
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