UN-HABITAT

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Visits East Africa [viewed]

1 February 2011: During an official three-day visit to Kenya and Somalia, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos noted that Kenya's humanitarian challenges, caused by drought and rapid urbanization, can be addressed by sustainable recovery of livelihoods and restoring local coping mechanisms to deal with climate change-induced disasters.

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UN-HABITAT and UNEP Launch Sustainable Urban Transport Initiative in East Africa [viewed]

18 January 2011: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have launched a regional model initiative to promote the implementation of sustainable urban transport solutions in East African cities.

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Event: World Water Day 2011 [viewed]

The objective of World Water Day 2011 is to focus international attention on the impact of rapid urban population growth, industrialization and uncertainties caused by climate change, conflicts and natural disasters on urban water systems. This year's theme, "Water for cities: responding to the urban challenge," aims to spotlight and encourage governments, organizations, communities, and individuals to actively engage in addressing the defy of urban water management.  

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UN/ISDR Names Senegalese Mayor as Disaster Risk Reduction Champion [viewed]

18 December 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that Cheikh Mamadou Abiboulaye Dieye, Mayor of Saint Louis, Senegal, has been named champion of the "Making Cities Resilient" campaign.

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UNGA Second Committee Adopts Texts on Disaster Reduction, Climate Effects on SIDS [viewed]

1 December 2010: In meetings on 30 November and 1 December 2010, the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) concluded its 65th session, taking action on various draft resolutions on sustainable development, including climate-related items.

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UN-HABITAT Releases Report on African Cities and Urban Land Markets [viewed]

23 November 2010: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) has launched a report on "The State of African Cities 2010: Governance, Inequalities and Urban Land Markets." The report was announced in Bamako, Mali, during the third African Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (AMCHUD III).

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UN-HABITAT Releases Bulletin on Urban Planning Activities in Europe [viewed]

10 November 2010: UN-HABITAT released the 2010 Regional Bulletin highlighting its activities in Eastern, Southern and Central Europe focusing on better urban planning, stronger local government, climate change measures and decentralization.

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UN-HABITAT and Local Partners Celebrate Hanoi's 1000th Anniversary [viewed]

18 October 2010: At the occasion of the 1000th anniversary of the Vietnamese capital Hanoi, the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the People Committee of Hanoi, the Vietnam Urban Planning and Development Association, and the University of Hawaii's Globalization Research Center organized a conference titled "Hanoi Millennium: City Past and Future,"  from 12-13 October 2010.

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World Habitat Day Celebrates ‘Better City, Better Life' [viewed]

4 October 2010:  The 2010 World Habitat Day was celebrated at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 under the theme "Better City, Better Life."

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Event: World Habitat Day 2010: Better City, Better Life [viewed]

The Global Observance of the 2010 World Habitat Day will be held at the Shanghai World Expo 2010. As part of the celebration, a special meeting on the ‘Livable City in a Harmonious Society' will be held. The meeting is one of the six major discussions happening during this week on key urban topics including sustainability, urban development, the environment, economy, cultural heritage, science and innovation. As part of the celebrations worldwide, UN-HABITAT, in partnership with the National Institute for Disaster Management of Mozambique (INGC), is holding a special event in the areas where floods were caused by heavy rains in recent years in Mutarara village, located in the central province of Tete, Mozambique. The event will screen two films: one titled ‘The Change,' on the causes, effects and adaptation measures to cope with climate change; and a second titled ‘The River,' which features how people living near the Limpopo river in the southern part of the country have adapted to live with floods.  

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