News from UN-Habitat – Issue 7 – April 2015
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From 17 to 23 April 2015, the Governing Council of UN-Habitat will meet in Nairobi for the 25th time, setting the organization’s agenda and budgets for the next two years to come.

The themes of the meeting are: enhancing Urban-Rural Linkages Across the Continuum of Human Settlements to Harness the Transformative Power of Urbanization for Sustainable Development; and UN-Habitat’s Role in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Follow ‪#‎GC25‬ and #‎UrbanSolutions‬ on @UNHABITAT's website and social media channels for latest news on GC25 and its outcomes.

In this issue:

Registration for Governing Council

Last chance to register for GC25!

Online registration for the 25th session of the Governing Council (GC25) will close on 8 April 2015. Delegates are to submit their registration before then.

Go to the on-line registration form

To avoid long queues on the day of the official opening, delegates are strongly encouraged, if possible, to pre-register and collect their badges. Delegates based in Nairobi who already have a pass issued by UNON can use this pass during the 25th session of the Governing Council.

Information about on-site registration can be found here.

More about GC25

Urban round-up

(1) Government of Japan gives USD 51 million for UN-Habitat executed projects in Asia, Arab States and Africa:
The projects are in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and South Sudan, ranging from addressing the urgent needs of the most vulnerable households to the establishment of IDPs prefab shelter sites. More...

(2) Kenya’s county pilots semi-aerobic landfill:
Kiambu County of Kenya made history by becoming the first place in Africa to pilot a landfill based on the “Fukuoka method”, a revolutionary semi-aerobic waste management technique. More...

(3) Panama and UN-Habitat sign cooperation agreements:
To promote urban renewal and revitalization, the cities of Colon and Panama will work with UN-Habitat in the generation of plans and projects including the revitalization of local economic development, planning of public spaces and sustainable human settlements. More...

(4) UN-Habitat and UN-Women host event on Public Space:
During the 59th session on the Commission for the Status of Women (CSW59) in New York UN-Habitat and UN Women held a joint event titled "Public Space: Opportunities and challenges for Empowering Women", highlighting the importance of public spaces in women's everyday lives. More...

(5) Sendai marks start of new framework on urban resilience towards New Urban Agenda:
The international community has been meeting in the city of Sendai, Japan, to discuss a new Framework for Action on Disaster Risk Reduction and political declaration within the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR). More...

(6) Rwanda, from Emergency Response to Sustainable Urbanisation:
A delegation from the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) to UN-Habitat joined by the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director of UN-Habitat recently visited Rwanda to learn about the work UN-Habitat has been doing since 1994. More...

Urban quote

"We must move from managing disasters to managing disaster risk."

- Margareta Wahlström, head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), during the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Sendai, Japan.
Focus on: Governing Council

What is the Governing Council?

The Governing Council is the intergovernmental decision-making body of UN-Habitat. It meets biennially and reports to the General Assembly of the United Nations through the Economic and Social Council, particularly on programmatic issues. This Governing Council will approve UN-Habitat's work programme and budget for the biennium 2016–2017.

More about the Governing Council and our structure

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Quick Guide for Policy Makers on Pro-poor Urban Climate Resilience in Asia and the Pacific

The “Quick Guide for Policy Makers on Pro-Poor Urban Climate Resilience in Asia and the Pacific” focuses on the need to enhance understanding of the region’s key urban stakeholders on climate change.

It discusses how climate change affects efforts to realize sustainable urban development, and explores what actions can be taken to synergize continued commitments to poverty reduction alongside urban climate resilience.

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Up next
  • 14-16 April 2015: Habitat III Prepcom II, Nairobi, Kenya
  • 17-23 April 2015: UN-Habitat Governing Council, Nairobi, Kenya
  • 10-12 June 2015: 5th Annual Caribbean Urban Forum (CUF5), Castries, St. Lucia
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