Public space has emerged as a critical lifeline for cities and their residents. It has proven to be a timeless risk-reducing infrastructure, an essential urban service and an infrastructure of opportunity especially in times of crisis, including the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has exposed critical gaps in the accessibility, flexibility, design, management and maintenance, connectivity and equitable distribution of public space in Nairobi.
In 2018,an estimated 27 percent (13 million) of Kenya’s population lived in cities and towns, of varied sizes, across the country. Towards the year 2050, this share will approach 50 percent of the total country population, which will be an equivalent of 44 million people. Kenya is thus undergoing an urban transition, which will induce structural transformations in social, economic and spatial development aspects. To effectively and efficiently manage this transition, the country must develop the requisite urban planning and management capacities, both at the national and county levels.
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.
10 January 2019, Nairobi, Kenya – UN-Habitat and Kenya’s County Government of Makueni have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to empower youth and women, improve planning, provide housing and basic services among other issues.
The MoU was signed by Professor Kivutha Kibwana, Governor of Makueni County and Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of UN-Habitat after a year of discussions.
Nairobi, 19 December 2018 – UN-Habitat and the County Government of Vihiga in Kenya have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support capacity and skills development for women and youth through youth empowerment and economic opportunity. It provides a framework for UN-Habitat and the County Government of Vihiga to promote sustainable human settlements development in Vihiga County.
The UN-Habitat Executive Director Ms.Maimunah Mohd Sharif speaking during the Governor and Mayors’ Convention on the second day of the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference 2018 being held at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) Nairobi
Mombasa, Kenya 18 September 2018--UN-Habitat Executive Director, Maimunah Mohd Sharif, joined hundreds of Mombasa residents to take part in a clean up campaign to mark World Cleanup Day. The worldwide event saw millions of people in over 150 countries joined hands as part of the Let’s Do It movement to clean up the world.