Skewed growth, returnees and poverty top agenda as Afghanistan holds National Urban Conference

Kabul, 16 November 2016- Rapid and unbalanced growth of urban population, the more people come to the cities from rural areas, issues of returnees, the construction of illegal buildings, severe poverty, lack of housing, violation of laws, environmental degradation were some of the top concerns at the Third National Urban Conference held in Kabul this week.

Urban Impact - Issue 02

On this edition of Urban Impact, you will read about how UN-Habitat is supporting access to clean water for citizens of Hargeisa (Somaliland), Somalia, through the establishment of a new water system as well as constructing a new water supply and storm drainage system for the citizens of Kanyama, the largest informal settlement in Zambia. Our efforts in post-conflict and disaster recovery continue. In Sri Lanka we continued to provide technical support for the construction of pre-school facilities.

Afghanistan’s Urban National Priority Program reaches an important milestone

Kabul, 02 June 2016 - “Making cities the drivers of economic development” captures the importance of urbanization in the National Unity Government’s reform programme for Afghanistan during the country’s transformation decade – 2015 to 2024. On Monday this week, President Ashraf Ghani announced the formation of a “High Council on Urban Development” chaired directly under his leadership and comprised of key urban ministries with

Afghanistan completes national workshops on urban priority programme

Kabul 20 April 2016—The government of Afghanistan, with the technical assistance from UN-Habitat recently completed a series of workshops aimed at developing an Urban National Priority Programme (U-NPP). The government held a series of consultation workshops across the country to reach relevant stakeholders and receive inputs with technical support from UN-Habitat as a part of the Future of Afghan Cities Programme funded by the Governments of Australia and the United Kingdom.

UN-Habitat launches the second Kabul Metropolitan Conference

Kabul 18 March 2016--- UN- Habitat last week launched the second Kabul Metropolitan Conference aimed at assisting key partners to foster spatial metropolitan planning and governance for the greater Kabul area. This conference was jointly chaired by the Afghan Minister of Urban Development Affairs (MUDA) Mr. Sadat Naderi, the Deputy Minister of Municipalities (DMM)Mr. Abudl Baqi Popal and the Kabul Governor Mr. Hamed Akram.