UN-Habitat hands over three new urban settlements to vulnerable Iraqi returnees in post-conflict areas

Anbar, Iraq 26 March 2019 - UN-Habitat handed over a total of 286 durable core houses in Ramadi, Fallujah and Karma in the Anbar Governorate constructed under the Gender-Sensitive Durable Shelter Support for Internally Displaced Persons in Iraq project funded by the Government of Japan and implemented by UN-Habitat. The houses have been constructed for vulnerable returnees whose houses were destroyed during the war.

Global campaign to advance digital rights targets 100 cities in 100 days

NAIROBI, 28 March 2019: - The internet and other digital technologies can drive sustained and inclusive economic growth, social and cultural development, and environmental protection and promote sustainable accelerated achievement of SDG 11 - making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

UN-Habitat, OHCHR, UCLG, and EUROCITIES have partnered with the cities of Amsterdam, Barcelona and New York to launch a campaign to rally 100 cities in 100 days to join the Cities Coalition for Digital Rights.

UN-Habitat and city of Mannheim convene global dialogue on private sector engagement for sustainable urban development

Mannheim, Germany – 26 March 2019 – The Global Strategic Dialogue Series held its first session, convened jointly by the City of Mannheim and UN-Habitat. Focusing on the role of private sector in advancing the 2030 Agenda, the Dialogue explored the ways in which business, industry, investors and start-ups can contribute to the SDGs, particularly Goal 11 on Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Making commuting easier

Nairobi, 26 March 2019- UN-Habitat in partnership with the United Nations Office Nairobi, UN Environment, Nairobi City County and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy  (ITDP) and Critical Mass Nairobi  last week launched the first ever bike train in Nairobi.

Applications open for Executive Course: ‘Urban-Metro Economy and Finance in a Global World’

UN-Habitat and New York University’s Marron Institute of Urban Management are organising a five-day course for city leaders to develop skills and exposure to best practices in metropolitan finance and policy making in municipalities, metropolis, and megacities.

The course, which will be in the form of interactive lectures and project-oriented workshops, will run from 15 July to 19 July 2019 at New York University (NY, USA).

The Guidance Note of the Secretary General on “The United Nations and Land and Conflict” is endorsed!

On Friday 15th of March 2019, upon request of Madame Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN-Habitat, the Secretary-General António Guterres endorsed the Guidance Note of the Secretary General on “The United Nations and Land and Conflict”. This is a milestone in the journey towards a sustained and coherent engagement of the UN System on land and conflict to prevent conflict and sustain peace.

Four start-ups launched in Jubbaland following intensive training of youth in construction skills

March 2019 Kismayo, Somalia – As part of the Somalia Strengthening Institutions for Public Works Project RAJO (SSIPWP) and Youth Employment Somalia (YES), 280 young Somali women and men have graduated from three months of comprehensive training to empower them with knowledge and skills for careers in the construction sector, a booming industry across Somalia as the country rebuilds with good employment prospects for young people.

UN-Habitat gives life back to Mogher Tehine

Baalbek, Lebanon, 25 March 2019-- In the old tiny alleys of Baalbek, enthusiastic workers dig into the rich caves of what is commonly known as Mogher Tehine, an archaeological site encompassing natural caves and manmade tunnels built centuries ago. The name itself literally means “flour caves” in Arabic, and it was derived mainly from the fact that the stones of the Mogher are chalky in nature and would turn into what feels like wheat flour when fragmented.

As the World Water Day is celebrated, access to water and sanitation is still a human right

Nairobi, 22 March 2019 - As the World Water Day is marked today, it is worth noting that billions still lack safe water and sanitation facilities. These people are being left behind for reasons related to their gender, ethnicity, culture and/or socioeconomic status, among others. Exclusion, discrimination, entrenched power asymmetries, poverty and material inequalities are among the main obstacles to fulfilling the human rights to water and sanitation and achieving the water-related goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.