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World Habitat Awards 2013 winners announced  
Medellin, 7 Oct 13
A project focused on restoring a historic town centre supporting economic and community regeneration and a targeted programme for providing accommodation for chronically homeless people are the winners of the 2013 World Habitat Awards – chosen from over 200 entries from across the globe.

The Hebron Old City Rehabilitation Programme in Palestine aims to re-populate the deteriorated city centre, preserve cultural heritage, support local economic development and provide affordable housing.

Secretary-General’s message on World Habitat Day  
New York, 7 Oct 13
Cities must boost efforts to become more resilient to natural disasters as well as provide their citizens with methods of alternative transportation to thrive, senior United Nations officials said today.
New report calls for maintaining rich bio diversity in and around cities  
Montreal/New York, 7 Oct 13
Increasing urbanization over the next decades presents not only unprecedented challenges for humanity, but also opportunities to curb climate change, reduce water scarcity and improve food security, according to the world's first global assessment on the relationship between urbanization and biodiversity loss, released last Friday in New York.
Medellin celebrates the World Habitat Day  
Medellin, 7 Oct 13
The city of Medellin in Colombia was the host of the main celebrations marking this year’s World Habitat Day.

Other festivities were held with a wide range of events and activities on the theme “Urban Mobility” held in Medellin, London, Singapore, Nairobi and many other cities, towns and assorted venues across the globe.
Dr. Joan Clos's message on World Habitat Day  
Nairobi, 4 Oct 13
On the occasion of this year’s World Habitat Day, the Executive Director of UN-Habitat Dr. Joan Clos has called for improved accessibility and mobility in urban areas for more efficient of the world’s cities and towns.
UN-Habitat, CITYNET and Kuala Lumpur City Hallhost training on urban planning  
Kuala Lumpur , 4 Oct 13
Over thirty urban decision makers gathered in Kuala Lumpur last week to learn innovative tools for sustainable urban planning to then practice in their respective cities, towns and municipalities.
Discussing Youth Land Governance and Urbanization Challenges, USAID  
Washington DC Wednesday 18th September 2013, 3 Oct 13
USAID organized a brown-bag meeting to discuss the challenges, issues ad concerns young people face in land governance in the context of an urbanizing world. Our Youth and Land project co-coordinators from Brazil, Zimbabwe and Kenya attended and presented the research gaps in the youth dimensions of land in their respective countries.
Round Table Dialogue on Investing in Young People  
, 3 Oct 13
Organized by the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, the round table involved the different UN entities whose work tackle youth issues and how together, as the Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development (IANYD), they could support the UN System Wide Action Plan (SWAP) for youth which will ensure that within the UN, young people are included in decision making at all levels of development processes.
Making Youth Participation in the UN Sustainable - Open IANYD Meeting  
, 3 Oct 13
In this 2-day open discussion workshop, the Youth Envoy on Youth and the different UN entities of the IANYD took questions from youth representatives from different organizations and countries on the ways in which young people’s participation in the UN system can be  sustainable.
Envoy on Youth participates in discussion on Securing Land and Property Rights for All, UN Secretariat  
New York, 3 Oct 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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