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.


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

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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.

Purpose of the Handbook

Specifically, the Handbook has been developed to:

  • clarify the meaning of the human rights to water and sanitation;
  • explain the obligations that stem from these rights;
  • provide guidance on implementing the human rights to water and sanitation;
  • share good practices and how these rights are being implemented;
  • explore how governments can be held to account for delivering their obligations; 
  • provide checklists, so users can analyze how they are complying with the rights.

Target Audience

The target audiences for this Handbook are governments, donors and national regulatory bodies. It provides information that will also be useful to local, regional and international stakeholders, such as civil society, service providers and human rights organizations.

Partners in Collaboration

Through its various projects UN-Habitat has demonstrated how the right to water and sanitation can be achieved in reality and has also developed the following publications in collaboration with its partners:

Fact Sheet on the Right to Water published by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in collaboration with UN-Habitat and the World Health Organization

Manual on the Right to Water and Sanitation in an alliance with COHRE, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, (AAAS), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and NORAD

Sanitation: A human rights imperative with COHRE, WaterAid and SDC