Cairo, 12 October 2016 – Today UN-Habitat launches its global website in Arabic,, as well as two new social media channels on Twitter and Facebook reporting globally on UN-Habitat’s updates and activities in Arabic.

The Arabic website is part of a wider strategy to provide global information on urban issues and UN-Habitat’s agenda in the United Nations working languages, coming after the launch of UN-Habitat’s corporate website in French, Spanish and Chinese last year.

The site is a joint effort between UN-Habitat Headquarters in Nairobi and UN-Habitat Regional office for Arab States. The Regional Office in Cairo was established in 2011 with a mandate to provide technical cooperation and capacity building for 18 countries across the Arab region: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Sudan, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Currently UN-Habitat has active projects in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Sudan with a total project portfolio of about 150 million USD as of 2016.

Get to know more about the work of UN-Habitat in the region in English and in Arabic.

The third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) will take place in Quito, Ecuador, from 17 – 20 October. At this conference the UN member states will adopt the New Urban Agenda, which is an action-oriented document that will set global standards of achievement in sustainable urban development and rethink the way we build, manage, and live in cities.

Follow UN-Habitat on social media and check out the new website for updates in Arabic on the Habitat III Conference next week.