All posts by Grace Thama-ini

  • UN-Habitat and partner host Urban Law Day

    New York, 15 June 2016–The Urban Law Center at Fordham University and UN-Habitat co-hosted an Urban Law Day event at the United Nations in New York, addressing the often overlooked role and importance of legal frameworks to...

    • Posted June 15, 2016
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  • UN-Habitat hosts youth discussions to mark the first anniversary of Nepal earthquake

    Kathmandu 3 May 2016 – In the week of 24 April 2016, Nepal marked an important moment. It was the first anniversary of the great earthquake. To turn the page with forward-looking consultations, UN-Habitat hosted two urban...

    • Posted May 3, 2016
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  • Toronto hosts roundtable discussion on connecting SDGs to City Prosperity Initiative

    Toronto, 13 April 2016– A roundtable discussion on the prospect to connect the monitoring of urban Sustainable Development Goals to UN-Habitat City Prosperity Initiative (CPI) was held in Toronto, Canada. The meeting was hosted by International City...

    • Posted April 13, 2016
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  • Nairobi County makes Public Spaces a priority

    Nairobi, 13 April 2016 – Over 100 participants from Nairobi County recently gathered at the UN Headquarters in Nairobi to validate the recently concluded Nairobi Open Public Spaces Assessment and Inventory. This is the first ever inventory...

    • Posted April 13, 2016
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  • Bossaso road project breathes new life into port area

    Bossaso, 11 April 2016– The Bossaso “Lot 2” road project commenced on 12 October 2015 and was completed in February 2016. This road construction project, funded by Italian Cooperation, provides a vital link in the ongoing improvement...

    • Posted April 12, 2016
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  • Government of South Africa and UN-Habitat hold meeting on women

    Pretoria, 11 April 2016—On the sidelines of the Habitat III Thematic Conference on Informal Settlements, held in Pretoria, South Africa, the Government of the Republic of South Africa and UN-Habitat, jointly hosted the Women’s Caucus for engendering...

    • Posted April 11, 2016
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  • UN-Habitat Deputy Executive Director visits Angola to strengthen partnership

    Luanda, 7 April 2016 – UN-Habitat Deputy Executive Director Dr. Aisa Kirabo Kacyira last week visited Angola where she held high level meetings with government officials aimed at strengthening the partnership between the agency and the African...

    • Posted April 8, 2016
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  • UN-Habitat unveils the first batch of Emerging Community Champions

    Nairobi, 8 April 2016—UN-Habitat last month hosted and honored the first cohort of Emerging Community Champions. These are young people who have made remarkable achievements and continue to inspire hope, provide leadership both at the community level...

    • Posted April 8, 2016
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  • Campaign to improve the lives of slum dwellers launched in South Africa

    Pretoria, 9 April 2016: UN-Habitat’s Participatory Slum Upgrading Progamme (PSUP) has launched the ‘Up for Slum Dwellers – Transforming a Billion Lives’ campaign. In the presence of people living in slums, local and national governments, the private...

    • Posted April 8, 2016
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  • Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for Regional Office for Africa and the Arab States (ROAAS):

    United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) Regional Office for Africa and the Arab States (ROAAS) Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from qualified and duly registered local and international NGOs Date of publication: Tuesday, 19 May 2015...

    • Posted May 19, 2015
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  • Myanmar proposes a vision for a climate resilient, low-carbon and resource efficient development

    Naypyitaw, 23 April 2015 – Participants at a workshop recently held in Naypyitaw agreed upon the initial vision for the “climate resilient, low-carbon, resource efficient development, as contribution to sustainable development of Myanmar”. The 1st Workshop for...

    • Posted April 23, 2015
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  • UN-Habitat Youth Mentorship program to link mentors with projects

    UN-Habitat´s Youth Mentorship programme will for the second time, partner with mentors to increase the capacity of youth-led organizations it supports. Twenty-two organizations in Africa, Asia Pacific, Arab States, Latin America and the Caribbean, were selected this...

    • Posted April 15, 2015
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  • Municipal Governance: A vital piece of the sub-national governance puzzle

    This discussion paper examines the situation, challenges and opportunities facing Afghanistan’s cities in terms of municipal governance. It shows that the 33 Provincial Municipalities1 are a key sub-national governance element that are, more than ever, vital to...

    • Posted February 17, 2015
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  • Afghan Cities for Life: Respecting and protecting the environment for healthy and livable cities

    This discussion paper examines key environmental challenges facing Afghan cities, including services such as transport, water, and sanitation; natural resource management; and climate change and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). It demonstrates that the urban environment is not...

    • Posted February 17, 2015
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  • A Home for All Afghans

    This discussion paper examines housing in Afghan cities. The paper advocates for a ‘twin track’ approach to improve access to adequate housing. One ‘track’ is to recognize and upgrade existing informal areas. The other ‘track’ is to...

    • Posted February 17, 2015
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  • Guiding Urban Growth

    This discussion paper examines the importance of urban planning for achieving sustainable urbanization. It shows that urban planning is a key component of promoting Local Economic Development (LED); balancing development and environmental protection; improving access to land,...

    • Posted February 17, 2015
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  • Managing Land, Mobilizing Revenue: Strengthening municipal finance and land administration through property registration and taxation

    This discussion paper examines the enormous potential to increase local revenues through land and property taxation in cities. The paper reviews experiences over the past five years in five of Afghanistan’s largest cities: Kandahar, Herat, Jalalabad, Lashkar...

    • Posted February 17, 2015
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  • Urban Solidarity: Community-led neighbourhood upgrading by people, for people

    This discussion paper reflects on over 10 years of community-based neighbourhood upgrading in Afghanistan’s cities. It shows the huge potential and value of citizen engagement in upgrading, promoting a culture of civic responsibility and community solidarity. It...

    • Posted February 17, 2015
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  • Afghanistan’s Urban Future

    This paper provides an overview of the significant urbanisation transition facing Afghanistan. It shows that while urbanisation presents considerable challenges, it also offers immense opportunities to harness urban development as a driver of economic growth, poverty reduction...

    • Posted February 17, 2015
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  • Briefing Note: UN-Habitat and the UPR

    The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States. The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council,...

    • Posted January 23, 2015
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