UN-Habitat Thematic Guide Addressing The Most Vulnerable First: Pro-poor Climate Action in Informal Settlements

One of the greatest challenges for climate change adaptation is how to build resilience for the billion urban dwellers who are estimated to live in what are termed informal settlements . These settlements have been built outside the ‘formal’ system of laws and regulations that are meant to ensure safe, resilient structures, settlements and systems. But how is it possible to build resilience for those living outside the formal systems and usually working within the informal economy?

Using inclusive processes – such as participatory slum upgrading – to empower women and girls as drivers and recipients of the New Urban Agenda

New York, 10 March 2017 - At the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York (13-24 March 2017), the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Ms Amina Mohamed and other keynote speakers, reaffirmed the catalytic role that women and girls play in development. Importantly, the Deputy Secretary General and other speakers called for participatory approaches, such as slum upgrading, to be used as tools to deliver the sustainable development goals, especially urban goal 11 “making cities inclusive” as well as the New Urban Agenda.

Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme Empowers Women and Girls through Community-Managed Funding

Drawing from its extensive experience in building inclusive governance capacity, promoting adequate housing, and improvement of living standards for people living in slums through implementing slum upgrading projects, UN-Habitat has consolidated an integrated, in-situ citywide approach to slum upgrading and prevention in its Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP).

Football Pitch Make-over through Design Thinking

A lot was happening in Mlango Kubwa’s football pitch last week. Mlango Kubwa is a ward in the Mathare informal settlement in Kenya. Mathare has approximately 500,000 residence; Mango Kubwa itself has approximately 50,000 residents of which 70% of the population is 24 and under.

After its inauguration by the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Antonio Guterres, it became the centerpiece of Design Thinking workshop organized to give it a sustainable make-over.

António Guterres visits UN-Habitat’s Mathare One Stop Centre on first field mission as UN Secretary-General

Nairobi, 8 March 2017, International Women’s Day – On his first visit to Kenya as Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres visited a community space in Mathare, home to approximately 800,000 people and Nairobi’s oldest slum, to meet members of the community benefiting from UN programmes and partnerships.

UN-Habitat to partner with Cape Verde for sustainable communities

Praia 27 January 2017—UN-Habitat is keen to work together with the government of Cape Verde to build stronger communities, the Director of the Regional Office for Africa, Oyebanji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka has said. The director visited Cape Verde to discuss with Central and local Government authorities on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda in the country and to identify the priority areas of cooperation for the coming years.

Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme Fund

The Campaign to fight global challenge of urban poverty got major boost during the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) held in Quito, Ecuador, 17-20 October 2016.The European Commission (EC), Africa Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Secretariat long term partners of UN-Habitat announced that they will provide new and additional funding of €30 Million towards the third Phase of the Agency’