“Solving Energy Poverty, a liter at a time” - Illac Diaz

Illac Diaz from the MyShelter Foundation aims to in this lecture showcase ways to reuse plastic bottles as quick solutions to solve lighting issues in crisis situations. The ‘Liter of Light’ project teaches communities the technology to create lamps both for daytime and nighttime use made of locally available resources.

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Realising The Human Rights To Water And Sanitation: A Handbook By The Un Special Rapporteur Catarina De Albuquerque

The Handbook will serve as a practical guide explaining the meaning and legal obligations that stem from the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, translating the often complicated legal language into information that can be readily understood by practitioners including government officials and members of civil society organizations.

It is presented in nine booklets, each of which discusses a particular topic. It is currently available in English and will soon be available online in Arabic, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

 Purpose of the Handbook

Bogotá Signs First Associate Cities Agreement

Barcelona, 27 May 2015 – UN-Habitat, the International Association Recycling Cities Network (RECNET), and The Institute for Risk Management and Climate Change (IDIGER) have signed a Statement of Cooperation outlining the City of Bogotá as the first of a series of Andean Cities to engage in application of the resilience profiling tools and approaches to measure urban resilience.

Gender Responsive Risk Reduction and Rehabilitation

Cities experience large and small scale disasters that can pose great challenges to sustainable development, for natural and human-made disasters have enormous economic, social and political impacts on human lives. “Cities, where half of humanity currently resides and much of the world’s assets are concentrated, are fast becoming the locus for much of [the] destruction and loss from disasters.”  These risks will increase as urban populations continue to grow.

UN-Habitat and Red Cross To Partner on Post-Disaster Housing

Sendai, 19 March 2015 – UN-Habitat and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that they will work together on promoting adequate shelter and settlements for all, with a focus on people affected by natural and man-made disasters.