Cairo, 12 October 2016 – Today UN-Habitat launches its global website in Arabic, ar.unhabitat.org, 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.
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.