The theme of Mother Earth Day 2022 Is Invest in Our Planet. UN-Habitat has been working in more than 90 countries around the world on projects that make countries, cities, and communities, more sustainable by investing in themselves to save Mothe Earth and make the future better for all. The stories below are all but a handful of examples of how UN-Habitat helps officials to coordinate better planning for resources, raise capacity to meet the demands of their citizens, mitigate climate change, and increase economic opportunities at local levels.
Lilongwe, Malawi, April 2022 – As the impacts of climate change are increasingly felt across south-east Africa, an integrated approach is critical to strengthen climate action, improve urban environments and resilient settlements for the urban poor.
Teresina, Brazil, 22 April 2022 – The temperature in this northeast Brazilian city increased by over 2 degrees Celsius in the last century -a rate above the global 1°C average. It is the poorest region in the country and one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change in the world.
Karachi, Pakistan, 22 April 2022 – Pakistan is the most urbanized nation in South-East Asia but more than a third of that population faces urban challenges. Karachi, the country’s most populated city, for example, confronts frequent power failures, water shortages, transport woes, heat island effect, rising sea levels, ever-expanding unregulated informal settlements, urban flooding.
Khartoum, Sudan, 22 April 2022 – When the first case of COVID-19 hit Sudan on 12 March 2020, it created more than a national dilemma that most countries in the world also had to deal with. It also exacerbated continuous annual flooding that displaces many thousands of people and destroyed uncounted homes through the country.