Network seeks to build better in bid to fight diseases in urban settlements

Nairobi, 11 April 2019—A meeting bringing together scientists and built environment specialists has been told that Africa had 200 million malaria cases and 403,000 deaths from the same in 2017. This means that Africa accounted for 92% of the global malaria cases and 93% of malaria deaths, the meeting was further informed.

The two day conference was held under the auspices of BOVA (building-out vector-borne diseases) network. BOVA is an interdisciplinary network focusing on preventing vector-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue and zika  through improving the built environment.

UN-Habitat presents guide on addressing human settlements in National Adaptation Plans at NAP Expo 2019

Songdo, Republic of South Korea 10 April 2019--  UN-Habitat is using the ongoing National Adaptation Plans  (NAP) Expo in South Kora to promote a new guide it has developed.

The NAP Expo format provides the opportunity for UN-Habitat to present its newest guide on Addressing Urban and Human Settlement Issues in National Adaptation Plans and to gauge interest in and respond to country requests on strengthening human settlement components in their National Adaptation Planning process. 

Kenya’s Meru County to benefit from UN-Habitat’s finance and economic development

Nairobi, April 9, 2019 – UN-Habitat has committed to supporting the County Government of Meru in Kenya with a grant for collaboration on Municipal Finance, financed by the Swedish Development Agency SIDA. The initial focus of this grant will be the implementation of Meru County’s “My Town, my Business” initiative, an innovative endeavor to promote proactive and responsible citizenship for improved revenue collection and service delivery.

Kenyan policy makers meet, demand more action on spatial planning

Nairobi, 8 April 2019 -- Over 30 policy makers drawn from Kenya’s various counties recently met in Nairobi where they agreed to promote spatial planning at the county level. The participants who are chairpersons of Land and Physical Planning Committees said they would do this by way of stronger advocacy at the county assemblies and promoting measures of ensuring spatial planning processes are accomplished from the formulation to the monitoring and evaluation stage. 

Poland Commit to implement the New Urban Agenda through its National Urban Policy

Krakow 2 April 2019- On 1st April 2019, Poland ministers sign a declaration “Together towards the implementation of the National Urban Policy and New Urban Agenda.” This monumental commitment was witnessed at the first National Urban forum in Poland hosted in the city of Krakow from 1-2 April 2019. Poland is determined to host a NUF every year in a different city.

UN-Habitat collaboration with Kisumu County Government to strengthen municipal finance and local economic development

Nairobi, April 5, 2019 – The County Government of Kisumu, Kenya and UN-Habitat have committed to strengthening their collaboration on initiatives to improve municipal finance, revenue generation and local economic development. UN-Habitat will provide the County Government of Kisumu with a facilitation grant to bolster its revenue base by adopting enhanced municipal finance and revenue collection mechanisms. This collaboration marks an important milestone in UN-Habitat’s work in Kenya.

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.”