3 November 2008: The
fourth session of the World Urban Forum opened in Nanjing, China, under the
theme “Harmonious Urbanization.” During the opening ceremony, Chinese officials
noted the importance of integrated development between cities and regions, with
emphasis on energy and climate change mitigation.
23 October 2008: The UN Human Settlements Programme
(UN-HABITAT) has launched “State of the World's Cities 2008/2009: Harmonious
Cities,” a flagship report published every two years by the UN agency.
6 October 2008: Top UN officials marked World Habitat Day by
drawing attention to the need to raise awareness of the problems of rapid
urbanization, its impact on the environment and the challenges of rising urban
poverty. The UN has designated the first Monday in October each year as World
Habitat Day, to reflect on the state of towns and cities and the basic right to
adequate shelter for all. This year, Luanda, Angola, led the observance of the
celebration, which focused on the theme “Harmonious Cities.”
18 August 2008: UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)
Executive Director Anna Tibaijuka has signed a Memorandum of Understanding and
Participation Contract with the Government of the People's Republic of China on
the UN's participation in the Shanghai World Expo 2010, which will be held from
1 May to 31 October 2010 around the theme ‘Better City, Better Life.'
12 August 2008: A two-week course on Sustainable Communities has commenced in Bangkok, Thailand, bringing together 28 urban professionals representing academia, NGOs, local
authorities and central government agencies from 15 African and Asian
7 May 2008: UN-HABITAT intervened in the discussions on “land” during the sixteenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, which met in New York, US, from 5-16 May 2008. Clarissa Augustinus, Chief, Land, Tenure and Property Administration Section, of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), noted that “climate change refugees will flood into the cities and as the cities grow to accommodate these refugees they will further impact their rural environs.”