African stakeholders discuss Open Streets

Cape Town, 1 November 2018-- For the first time, African government officials, representatives of NGOs and street enthusiasts came together to learn from and share experiences on the concept of Open Streets and Placemaking in Cape Town, South Africa, from 22-28 October, 2018. The Open Streets Exchange was organised by Open Streets Cape Town (OSCT) and UN-Habitat’s Urban Mobility Unit – with support from GIZ through the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) Challenge.


Arusha Conference Reviews Adoption of Energy Efficient Building Practices

Arusha, Tanzania, 2 August 2018 - Government representatives, academics, project managers, housing experts, financiers and NGOs met in Arusha recently to review progress made in promoting energy efficient building practices in Africa and have committed to championing the adoption of energy and resource efficient green building principles for sustainable urbanization.


The Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation (LVWATSAN-Mwanza) Project: Mobilization and Institutional Facilitation of Sanitation (UN-Habitat)

Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation program (LVWATSAN) was first launched in 2004 by the Ministers responsible for water within the East Africa Community (EAC) with the aim of achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for water and sanitation in the ‘secondary urban centres’ within the Lake Victoria Basin; ensuring the long term sustainability of the physical investments; addressing the current threats to the lake’s ecosystems from inadequate water and sanitation provision in the secondary and larger settlements around the Lake.


Youths in Nigeria trained in renewable energy technologies and green entrepreneurship

Abuja, 12 January 2017 – The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), in partnership with the Federal Government of Nigeria, conducted hands-on training in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, green entrepreneurship and enterprise development for 125 selected youths drawn from 26 States across the Nigeria in Abuja in December.


Academy of Sustainable Urban Mobility (AoSUM)

This course is aimed at decision-makers who wish to gain an advanced understanding of Sustainable and Innovative Urban Mobility Solutions. You are eligible to apply only if you are a representative of a local, regional or national government, transport operator or transport authority.

Learn about innovative public transport solutions from around the globe. Exchange your experience with like-minded.

Date: 6 – 10 May 2019

Venue: La Paz, Bolivia / São Paolo, Brazil


Audit of the UN-Habitat Urban Basic Services sub-programme

The Office of Internal Services (OIOS) conducted an audit of the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) Urban Basic Services sub-programme whose overall objective was to increase equitable access to urban basic services and improve the standard of living of the urban poor.

The audit was conducted to assess the adequacy and effectiveness of UN-Habitat governance, risk management and control processes in providing reasonable assurance regarding the effective implementation of the UN-Habitat Urban Basic Services sub-programme.


Academicians and chairs of East African professional bodies discuss architecture and urban planning

Machakos, 11 February 2016 - Deans, senior lecturers of architecture schools and chairs of professional bodies of East Africa last week congregated in the Kenyan town of Machakos to discuss education for sustainability in architecture and urban planning. The meeting saw teaching staff of the different schools of architecture and built environment meet to deliberate on the topic “integration of sustainable building design into curriculum for higher learning in East Africa.”  The workshop brought together so


Realising The Human Rights To Water And Sanitation: A Handbook By The Un Special Rapporteur Catarina De Albuquerque


The Handbook will serve as a practical guide explaining the meaning and legal obligations that stem from the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, translating the often complicated legal language into information that can be readily understood by practitioners including government officials and members of civil society organizations.

It is presented in nine booklets, each of which discusses a particular topic. It is currently available in English and will soon be available online in Arabic, French, Spanish and Portuguese.