Roundtable on floating cities at UNHQ calls for innovation to benefit all

NEW YORK 3 April 2019 – UN-Habitat convened a roundtable discussion of architects, designers, academics and entrepreneurs at UN Headquarters on how floating cities could be a viable solution to urban challenges such as climate change and lack of affordable housing.

The meeting was co-convened with Oceanix, a company looking to build the floating structures, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Ocean Engineering and the USA-based Explorers Club.

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Symposium develops strategic priorities for Arab cities for WUF10

Abu Dhabi 3 April 2019: Leading urban development experts from around the MENA region recently convened in Abu Dhabi  to plot the course for the future of Arab cities at the World Urban Forum 10 (WUF10). Hosted by the Abu Dhabi Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities (DPM), in partnership with UN-Habitat, the Pan Arab Urban Development Symposium (PAUDS) hosted 100 urban planners to identify and explore the most pressing priorities and challenges facing the development of sustainable Arab cities.

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Mauritania hosts High-Level Meeting on New Urban Agenda

Nouakchott, 3 April 2019-- High-Level Meeting was recently hosted by the Ministry of Habitat, Urbanism and Territorial Management in Nouakchott marked an important step in the policy making process related to the implementation of the New Urban Agenda in Mauritania.

With an extensive territory, predominantly desertic and facing the challenges of climate change impacts, Mauritania has a population of nearly 4 million inhabitants out of which a quarter lives in the sprawling capital city.

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UN-Habitat and Egypt hold smart cities conference

Zamalek, Egypt, 29 March 2019—UN-Habitat and Egypt held a two-day conference on March 24 and 25 bringing together over 120 experts.

“In order to be smart, cities need to be sustainable and inclusive”. This is one of the key messages emerging during the conference organized by UN-Habitat E and co-organized with and the Egyptian Ministry of Housing, Utilities & Urban Communities throughout the Housing and Building Research Council (HBRC) - Urban Training and Studies Institute - and under the auspices of the Prime Minister.

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UN-Habitat and Egypt hold smart cities conference

Zamalek, Egypt, 29 March 2019—UN-Habitat and Egypt held a two-day conference on March 24 and 25 bringing together over 120 experts.

“In order to be smart, cities need to be sustainable and inclusive”. This is one of the key messages emerging during the conference organized by UN-Habitat E and co-organized with and the Egyptian Ministry of Housing, Utilities & Urban Communities throughout the Housing and Building Research Council (HBRC) - Urban Training and Studies Institute - and under the auspices of the Prime Minister.

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Apply now for the 9th Annual Shelter Academy on Climate Adaptation and Mitigation: 2-6 September 2019 in the Netherlands

Decision-makers, senior managers, and senior government officials and partners of UN Habitat are invited to apply for the 9th Shelter Academy organized by Arcadis and UN Habitat. This year’s Shelter Academy will take place between the 2 - 6 September 2019 in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and will focus on climate adaptation and mitigation: options for cities.

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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.

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