Refugees and local residents study, play and live together at Kalobeyei Integrated Refugee Settlement

Kalobeyei, Turkana West, Kenya March 2019 – Two months ago, strong winds blew down the flimsy white tent that Perine Nadai and her children had called home since fleeing fighting in South Sudan two years ago. They were left with just the dirt floor and a concrete slab for them all to sleep on.

“We just need to get our tent back,” said Perine who was breastfeeding her youngest. “We are fine to stay here otherwise although life isn’t easy.”

Roundtable on floating cities at UNHQ calls for innovation to benefit all

NEW YORK 3 April 2019 – UN-Habitat convened a roundtable discussion of architects, designers, academics and entrepreneurs at UN Headquarters on how floating cities could be a viable solution to urban challenges such as climate change and lack of affordable housing.

The meeting was co-convened with Oceanix, a company looking to build the floating structures, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Ocean Engineering and the USA-based Explorers Club.

UN-Habitat and city of Mannheim convene global dialogue on private sector engagement for sustainable urban development

Mannheim, Germany – 26 March 2019 – The Global Strategic Dialogue Series held its first session, convened jointly by the City of Mannheim and UN-Habitat. Focusing on the role of private sector in advancing the 2030 Agenda, the Dialogue explored the ways in which business, industry, investors and start-ups can contribute to the SDGs, particularly Goal 11 on Sustainable Cities and Communities.

UN Environment Assembly hosts inaugural Cities Summit

Nairobi, 13 March 2019 – UN-Habitat and UN Environment, together with ICLEI, UCLG and Cities Alliance, co-hosted the first Cities Summit during the Fourth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA4) in Nairobi. Held under the theme Innovation for Livable and sustainable Cities: Multi-level and Integrated Urban Systems, the Cities Summit provided a forum for high level dialogue between mayors, ministers, private sector leaders and civil society representatives.

Kenya’s Kisii Town validates Draft Solid Waste Management Strategy

Kisii, Kenya: The stakeholders in solid waste management in  Kisii town, Kenya, provided inputs to the draft long term strategy for solid waste management in the town. The strategy was prepared UN-Habitat in consultation with Kisii town authorities. The Strategy Document is one of the three outputs under the ongoing UN-Habitat and Kisii County Project.

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UN-Habitat unveils new Chinese partnership to explore the use of artificial intelligence in cities

BEIJING February 2019 –UN-Habitat is joining forces with Chinese partners to promote a dialogue on how artificial intelligence can ensure the efficient use of resources and better productivity in cities

UN-Habitat will work with The China Academy of Urban Planning and Design (CAUPD), a research institution under the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development to look at the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in urban development and economic development, paving the way for a global alliance on smart cities.

UN Habitat opens a ‘One Stop Youth Centre’ in Wau, South Sudan

Wau City, South Sudan, February 2019 – Young people in Wau, in the north west of South Sudan, will have a place to relax, learn and come together following the opening of a One Stop Youth Centre with funding from Japan.

The new One Stop Youth Centre provides a space for conflict resolution forums as well as opportunities for vocational and computer training, recreational activities job placement and entrepr

eneurial skills development.