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Ramallah, December 19, 2016 - UN-Habitat and its national partner, State of Palestine Ministry of Local Government launched two new publications under the framework of the joint cooperation to defend and advocate for the planning rights of Palestinian communities in Area C of the West Bank that is effectively controlled by the Israeli authorities.
Quito, 2 November 2016 – UN-Habitat organised an event on migration at Habitat III together with the International Organization For Migration (IOM), the Joint Migration And Development Initiative (JMDI), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and United Nations Institute For Training and Re
Jerusalem 29 August 2016-- On the day marking two years since the 26 August 2014 ceasefire which ended the most devastating round of hostilities in Gaza since the beginning of the occupation in 1967, 16 heads of United Nations agencies in Palestine call for the uninterrupted and predictable flow of material and increased funding to address humanitarian needs and boost economic prospects for Gaza’s 1.9 million residents.
Ramallah, 14th October- The United Nations Country Team for the occupied Palestinian Territories has endorsed a joint approach towards planning in Area C entitled “One UN Approach to Spatial Planning in Area C of the occupied West Bank.” Area C was defined in the Oslo II Accords of 1995 accounts for more than 60 percent of the West Bank's land mass and remains under Israeli control.
Baghdad, 22 September 2015 – Some 50 officials drawn from the government and local authorities on Sunday participated in a seminar on the“Legal and Financial Frameworks to Address Solutions for Informal Settlements and Displacement Areas”
The seminar was organised by UN-Habitat in partnership with the Ministry of Planning and the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (US Department of State) and was aimed at supporting the Iraqi Government and local authorities to address durable solutions in informal settlements and IDP areas in addition to providing tenure security.