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International Conference on Post Emergency Shelter Reconstruction held Sri Lanka  
Colombo, 31 Mar 14
Kenya and United Nations sign a USD 1.2 billion development pact  
Nairobi, 27 Mar 14
International conference on post emergency reconstruction kicks off in Colombo  
Colombo, 24 Mar 14
An international conference on post emergency shelter reconstruction ‘Restoring Communities through Home-Owner-Driven Reconstruction: from post-Emergency to Development’ kicked off Tuesday morning in the capital city of Sri Lanka, Colombo.
Record numbers sign up for World Urban Forum 7  
Nairobi, 21 Mar 14
Nearly 25,000 people have registered as participants for the Seventh Session of the World Urban Forum that will take place in Medellin, Colombia in early April.
Kenya targets 300,000 new houses, minister tells national urban forum  
Nairobi, 21 Mar 14
Kenya is targeting to build some 300,000 new housing units in the next three years the Minister for Lands Housing and Urban Development Mrs. Charity Ngilu disclosed on Wednesday.
UN-Women calls for increased access to mobility for women in cities  
Nairobi, 20 Mar 14
Deputy Executive Director for UN-Women, Lakshmi Puri, has called for increased empowerment for women when it comes to accessing mobility.
UN-Habitat signs Memorandum of Understanding with UN Volunteers  
Nairobi, 20 Mar 14
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has expressed its interest in increasing the number of UN Volunteers it engages.  UN-Habitat Executive Director Joan Clos made the comments at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two bodies, which formalised their commitment to work together in coming years. 
Eight Nigerian cities set to benefit from UN-Habitat expertise  
Ogori, Nigeria, 18 Mar 14
Eight Nigerian cities are lined up as the first beneficiaries of far reaching structural and urban plans as a result of cooperation agreements with UN-Habitat.
Increasing women's access to land in Muslim communities  
Nairobi, 17 Mar 14
The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) – a global alliance of partners contributing to poverty alleviation through land reform, improved land management and security of tenure - is developing context-specific tools and approaches to facilitate access to land for women.
UN-Habitat holds urban mobility event at high-level Women’s Commission  
Nairobi, 17 Mar 14
UN-Habitat’s Deputy Executive Director, Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, will chair an important session on access to urban mobility for women and girls at the 58th session on the Commission for the Status of Women.
World Urban Campaign partners present vision for future cities  
New York, 13 Mar 14
Partners of the World Urban Campaign have presented their vision of how they will engage in, and contribute to, the new Global Urban Agenda in a document titled, The City We Need.
Japan pledges USD 3.7 million for UN-Habitat projects in Sri Lanka  
Colombo, 12 Mar 14
The Government of Japan has announced that it is providing funding amounting to US$ 3,678,178 (Japanese Yen377,000,000)  through the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) for the rehabilitation of community infrastructure, livelihood improvement and women’s empowerment in Sri Lanka’s Northern and Eastern Provinces over the next two years.
Roxas: Building skills to rebuild communities  
Roxas, 11 Mar 14
While national and international assistance to the Philippines supports the relief efforts in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan by distributing shelter emergency kits, running emergency centres and setting up transitional shelters, members of the affected population rebuild their homes, in most cases, without sufficient funds, skills and experience.
Women and Urban Energy- International Women's Day  
Nairobi, 7 Mar 14
On International Women's Day, UN-Habitat highlights the important role played by women and girls in urban energy issues and renews our commitment to strengthen and expand our efforts to bring access of modern energy to women.
UN-Habitat statement for International Women’s Day  
Nairobi, 7 Mar 14
Nowhere else can equality for women produce more progress for all than in cities.

Cities are an urban construct and can be developed and shaped for the benefit of the entire population. This is both necessary and possible now more than ever. A city cannot become full economically productive, socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable, as long as there are barriers to gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Japanese ambassador visits UN-Habitat projects in Sri Lanka  
Killinochchi, Sri Lanka, 7 Mar 14
The Japanese ambassador to Sri Lanka, Mr.Nobuhito Hobo,on Thursday visited the villages of Thiruvaiyyaru and Malayalapuramin Killinochchi District in the North of Sri Lanka during which he opened a recently constructed community hall and an internal road.
Urban youth mentorship programme underway  
Nairobi, 4 Mar 14
Successful applicants to the United Nations Human Settlements Programme(UN-Habitat_ youth mentorship programme, launched in the beginning of the year, have been paired with their respective mentors and begun their discussions.
Urbanisation in Africa continues at significant rate, says new report  
N’Djamena, 3 Mar 14
Growth of cities, towns and villages in Africa is continuing unabated, further adding to the continent’s already significant urban challenges, a new report released today by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) says.
Chad President calls for national urbanization road map  
N'djamena, Chad, 3 Mar 14
Chad’s president Idris Deby Itnohas declared that he would be requesting his prime minister and the minister in charge of urbanisation to give him a full briefing on how they intend to lay a road map towards achieving the recommendations from the meeting the African Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (AMCHUD).

The fifth session of the Ministerial conference ran for four days in the Chad capital N’Djamena last week and saw a high turnout of leaders, including ten heads of state, from across the continent show their commitment to addressing urban issues in their respective countries.
UN-Habitat and Nairobi City County launch pilot public space project  
Nairobi, 26 Feb 14
Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and UN-Habitat Executive Director Joan Clos launched the Jeevanjee Gardens Public Space Project on 24 February 2014.
Guiuan, Philippines, Holds First Recovery and Rehabilitation Planning Workshop  
Guiuan, 25 Feb 14
The municipality of Guiuan, assisted by UN-Habitat and the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, conducted its first major recovery and rehabilitation planning charette earlier this month, paving the way for one of the hardest hit municipalities to chart its overall direction and specific strategies towards post-Haiyan development.
Fifth session of AMCHUD kicks off in Chad  
N’Djamena, 25 Feb 14
The fifth session of the African Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (AMCHUD) began in the Chad capital on Tuesday.
Chad’s Prime Minister roots for better urban planning  
Ndjamena, Chad, 23 Feb 14
Poor urban planning is the leading cause of slums in many cities and towns in Africa, the Prime Minister of Chad Mr. Kalzeubet Pahimi Deubet has said.
UN-Habitat steps up cooperation with Kenyan county government  
Kiambu, Kenya, 17 Feb 14
UN-Habitat is stepping up its cooperation with Kiambu County in Kenya.
UN-Habitat announces 2013 Scroll of Honour Award winners  
Nairobi, 13 Feb 14
UN-Habitat on Thursday announced the winners of the 2013 Scroll of Honour Award.
UN-Habitat launches call for applications for Urban Youth Fund  
Nairobi, 13 Feb 14
The UN-Habitat Urban Youth Fund will for the sixth year in a row provide grants to projects led by young people aged 15-32 years who are piloting innovative approaches to employment, good urban governance, shelter, secure tenure and risk rehabilitation. Small development initiatives are eligible for grants up to $25,000.
UN-Habitat to participate in building of Kenya’s newest city  
Machakos, Kenya, 28 Jan 14
UN-Habitat is one of the partners that have been invited to participate in the development of the proposed Machakos City, the first ever urban centre in Kenya to be built from scratch.
UN-Habitat convenes international meeting on public space  
Rome, 23 Jan 14
For two days last week, thirty experts from around the world gathered in Rome for an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on the theme of public space in the global agenda for sustainable development.
UN-Habitat partners with University of the Fraser Valley on youth development  
Nairobi, 22 Jan 14
UN-Habitat has partnered with University of the Fraser Valley (Abbotsford, BC, Canada)to develop the Eminus Academy.
The Government of Australia and UN-Habitat support disaster risk reduction Initiatives in Sri Lankan town  
Kalumnai, Sri Lanka, 20 Jan 14
Throughout the recent past, an increase in localized disasters in Sri Lanka has resulted in the need for improved disaster preparedness and response capacity at the Local Government level.
UN-Habitat and partners to hold a post emergency conference in Sri Lanka  
Colombo, Sri Lanka, 20 Jan 14
UN-Habitat and its partners will host a conference on post emergency shelter reconstruction in Sri Lankain March this year.
Theme: Case Studies in Financing Human Settlements in Africa: Appropriate Legislative Frameworks and Innovations in Implementation  
Ndjamena, Chad, 15 Jan 14
The first African Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (AMCHUD) was held in Durban, South Africa, from 31 January to 4 February 2005. The conference, whose theme was Urbanization, Shelter and Development: Towards an Enhanced Framework for Sustainable Cities and Towns in Africa, reflected the political will in Africa to address the challenge of urbanization and goal of sustainable human settlements at a continental level.
US Representatives visit UN-Habitat’s work in DRC  
Goma, 14 Jan 14
The U.S. Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, James C. Swan, Embassy representatives, and a USAID representative have visited the territory of Rutshuru in North Kivu, which was recently freed from M23 rebel movement occupation. 
Nigeria’s Zamfara State contributes USD 2 Million for joint projects with UN-Habitat  
Nairobi, 14 Jan 14
Nigeria’s Zamfara State on Tuesday signed an agreement under which it will make a contribution of USD 2 million to UN-Habitat over three years (2014-2016) for socio-economic and urban planning projects in selected towns and cities of the state.
UN-Habitat Launches New Tool to Strengthen Urban Resilience  
Barcelona, 19 Dec 13
UN-Habitat has launched a new initiative to help the growing number of urban dwellers cope with the rising costs and impacts of natural disasters and man made threats.
Partnership towards Energy Efficiency buildings in East Africa  
Nairobi, 19 Dec 13
romote academic capacity building and knowledge transfer for energy access, efficiency and low-carbon technologies in the field of sustainable housing.
Partnership forwards New Urban Agenda in Saudi Arabia  
Riyadh, 19 Dec 13
HRH Prince Mansour Bin Moteab Bin Abdel Aziz, Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs(MOMRA) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Dr. Jon Clos, Executive Director of UN-Habitat,have signed a four-year programme of cooperation agreement for the development of the “Future Saudi Cities” Programme. 
Dubai International Award for Best Practices: Launching the 10th Cycle (2014)  
Dubai , 18 Dec 13
Call for submissions

Do you have a programme or project which has resulted in the improvement of the living environment of urban dwellers?

UN-Habitat and Dubai Municipality offer you an opportunity for global recognition through the Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment. Every two years, 12 submissions are awarded as winners and 100+ recognized as best practices for their innovative ways of dealing with the common social, economic, and environmental problems.
UN-Habitat launches Arab Network for Green Buildings  
Riyadh, 17 Dec 13
UN-Habitat’s Regional Office for Arab States’ Director Dr. Mostafa Madbouly has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Saudi Green Building Forum and the Egyptian Council for Green Buildings, launching the first Arab Network for Green Buildings.
IDP settlement planning and strategy presented in Mogadishu  
Somalia, 16 Dec 13
Since the 1990s, armed conflict in Mogadishu and recurring famine in southern Somalia has resulted in the protracted and massive displacement of thousands of families – population movements of up to 20,000 people within a single week into or out of the capital. Since 2007, when fighting between government forces and anti-government militias intensified, an estimated 400,000 people have fled from the war zones in Mogadishu and settled along a 20-kilometre stretch of road leading out of the city. This has become known as the ‘Afgooye Corridor’ and is the largest single concentration of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the world.
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