News from UN-Habitat – Issue 3 – December 2014
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Over the years, UN-Habitat has amassed a wealth of urban insight and data from all around the world. This information has always been made public through UN-Habitat's publications. Today, accessing our work has become even easier thanks to the recent upgrade and rejuvenation of our publication system which is now available online on our website. We invite you to have a look at all our recent and past publications.

On another note, we at UN-Habitat wish you all a happy festive season!

In this issue:


Featured: UN-Habitat's publication system

UN-Habitat launches new publication system

UN-Habitat produces many important publications each year – from flagship reports like State of the World's Cities to reports of pilot projects on slum upgrading. To make them more easily accessible for everybody, UN-Habitat has launched a new publications system integrated into the corporate website

All publications are now easy searchable, attractively presented, and prominently featured at the bottom of all related webpages. Listings by themes help the users to get a quick overview on all relevant publications in their field of expertise.

See all our publications here:

Regional report:
The State of African Cities

The recently published regional report, The State of African Cities – Re-imagining Sustainable Urban Transition, gives a holistic overview on the challenges and evolutions faced by urban Africa.

The African continent is currently in the midst of simultaneously unfolding and highly significant demographic, economic, technological, environmental, urban and socio-political transitions. Africa’s economic performance is promising, with booming cities supporting growing middle classes and creating sizable consumer markets. But despite significant overall growth, not all of Africa performs well. The continent continues to suffer under very rapid urban growth accompanied by massive urban poverty and many other social problems.

Read the full report: The State of African Cities

Urban quote
"The city is a place where those without power get to make a history, an economy – think of immigrant communities – a culture."

– Saskia Sassen, U.S. sociologist at the London School of Economic’s Urban Age Conference in New Delhi.
Urban round-up

(1) Pan-American network of metropolises formed:
A new network, the RAMA, was created earlier in November, bringing together metropolitan authorities of South America, Central America and North America. More...

(2) Experts debate water and sanitation in Brazil:
The lack of water in Brazil was the theme of the second seminar on “Challenges of Sanitation for All.” held in Victoria, Brazil. More...

(3) Youth from Arab region discuss sustainable urbanization:
On its road to the Habitat III conference, the UN-Habitat Regional Office for Arab States (ROAS) facilitated a session with youth from the Arab region. More...

(4) Waste management key to poverty alleviation among Africa’s youth:
As the African youth population grows steadily and with no employment to match the growth, prudent solid waste management offers a huge opportunity to address the ticking unemployment bomb. More...

(5) Dubai Municipality designates 11 winners of urban award:
Dubai Municipality has announced the 11 winners of the Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment (DIABP) at its 10th cycle. Dubai will host a special ceremony to distribute prizes at the end of this year. More...

(6) UN-Habitat ready to support India’s urban agenda – Dr. Clos:
UN-Habitat’s Executive Director, Dr. Joan Clos has said that the agency is committed to help Prime Minister Modi to implement ambitious plans that he has recently announced for the sustainable development of India’s cities. More...

(7) Expert group propose international guidelines on sustainable cities:
Over 35 experts met from 11 to 12 November 2014 in Fukuoka, Japan to finalize the drafting of international guidelines on urban and territorial planning. More...

Did you know?

60% of all urban residents in developing countries have been victims of crime at least once over the past five years.

Learn more about UN-Habitat and safety...
National Urban Forums

National Urban Forums to strengthen national urban policies

The formulation of a national urban policy should be the first step to ensure that urban growth in the next 20 years is creating prosperity and opportunities for all. Because urbanization is a multi-stakeholder process, UN-Habitat encourages each country to hold regular National Urban Forums (NUFs), for all actors involved to discuss and advance the urban policy debate.

National Urban Forums have already been established with excellent results in a number of countries creating an enabling environment to promote dialogue and consensus among stakeholders, including national government, local authorities, grass root organizations, private sector and academia among others.

Read more about National Urban Forums...

Ethiopia holds sixth National Urban Forum:
The government of Ethiopia held its sixth edition of the National Urban Forum from 15th to 22nd November 2014 at Dire Dawa city under the motto “our cities being centres for enterprise development, will ensure the renaissance of Ethiopia.” More...

Up next
  • 8-10 December 2014: The First Arab Forum on Sustainable Communities and Green Building, Conrad Cairo Hotel, Cairo, Egypt
  • 9 December 2014: Urban Journalism Academy at Smart City Expo World Congress Montreal, Canada
  • 17-19 December 2014: Urban Planning for City Leaders Workshop, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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