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.”

UN-Habitat and Kenya’s Makueni county sign pledge to empower youth and improve lives

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.


Maimunah Mohd Sharif on Blue Economy Conference: Local governments have to play a role to ensure we achieve sustainability

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


UN-Habitat leads Africities session on effective local government planning for sustainable development

Marrakesh, Morocco, 22 November 2018  - The second day of the Africities 8 Summit featured a wide range of lively discussions on local government perspectives on gender, youth, transport, local strategies for financing, the environment, gender equality, transport, waste management, safe cities and many other topics.


Chinese Cities Improving in Global Competitiveness

Nairobi 31 October 2018 - According to The Global Urban Competitiveness Report 2019: Global Value Chains a new report produced by UN-Habitat and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Chinese cities entered the top ten ranking of global city competitiveness for the first time this year. Shenzhen in Guangdong province was ranked among the top five most economically competitive cities worldwide, with Hong Kong, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Beijing ranking among the top 20.