Philanthropic architect commits to design 12,000 refugee homes in north Kenya

Kalobeiyei, 18 July 2017 – Renowned Japanese architect, Shigeru Ban, has signed an agreement with UN-Habitat to design as many as 12,000 new homes in the Kalobeiyei refugee settlement site in Northern Kenya.

Signing the agreement on site in Northern Kenya, Ban explained that the most important thing was to ensure that the design was sustainable.


In Preparation for World Humanitarian Summit, a new Global Urban Crisis Partnership

June 24, 2015, Barcelona, Spain. As part of the preparations for the World Humanitarian Summit, nearly 50 representatives of local governments, professional associations, academic and research institutes and humanitarian and development actors gathered recently in Barcelona to develop a common platform for advocacy and action to respond to the growing importance of urban humanitarian assistance.


We are ready for WUF9, Kuala Lumpur declares

Nairobi, 16 April 2015 — The city of Kuala Lumpur, the host of the ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9) in 2018 declared on Thursday that they were up to the task.

At a press conference in Nairobi on the sidelines of the PrepCom2, Malaysia’s Minister for Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Mr. Abdul Rahman Dahlan said every measure had been put in place to ensure a successful Forum.


Kenyan journalists attend Urban Journalism Academy

Nairobi 16 April 2015—A group of Kenyan journalists drawn from various media houses on Thursday benefited from talks delivered at the Urban Journalism Academy.

The journalists heard from their counterparts from an American news agency Citiscope as well as the Director of the Regional Office for Africa at UN-Habitat Ms. Axumite Gebre-Egziabher.

The second preparatory meeting of Habitat III opens in Nairobi

Nairobi 14 April 2015—The second preparatory meeting (PrepCom2) of the Habitat III conference has opened in Nairobi with member states recognizing the growing role of cities in their respective country policies. The Secretary-General of the Habitat III Conference, Dr. Joan Clos, in his key note speech highlighted the link between urbanization and rural development.