News from UN-Habitat - Issue 11 - August 2015
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On 12 August, we celebrated International Youth Day.

With more young people living in cities than ever, we need to insure that our urban youth have full access to employment, services and infrastructure if we are to maximise the opportunities that cities provide.

In this issue:

World Humanitarian Day

Post-Haiyan shelter project wraps up as World Humanitarian Day approaches

As the UN marks World Humanitarian Day on 19 August, UN-Habitat continues to work in many post-conflict and disaster areas, including Afghnistan, Pakistan and Haiti to provide shelter and housing to those affected.

In the Philippines, 660 families recently completed the building of their houses and 54 community infrastructure projects in28 communities in Capiz and Iloilo as the Post-Yolanda Support for Safer Homes and Settlements project came to a close. More...

Urban Round Up

(1) Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme: Physical infrastructure projects launched in Bissighin, Burkina Faso:
Projects are expected to result in improved drainage of rainwater, the redevelopment of a facility to create earth bricks and improved access to health and maternity facilities.... More...

(2) Mayors launch urban climate change alliance at Vatican symposium:
Mayors from cities around the world have signed a declaration at a symposium on sustainable cities which includes a commitment of mayors and other partners to contribute to implementation of the urban Sustainable Development Goal. More...

(3) First training on the City Prosperity Initiative takes place in South Korea:
The intensive course was run by UN-Habitat and IUTC. 18 senior and technical municipal staff presented their experiences with urban indicators and were introduced to the City Prosperity Initiative as a strategic measurement, monitoring, and policy tool for cities. More...

(4) Building better cities - Clos on making our cities work for us:
If approached correctly, urbanization can be an engine of growth, writes Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-Habitat. In the economic history of humanity, urbanization has always been an accelerator of growth and development. More...

(5) Islamic Cities body support City Prosperity Initiative:
The President of the World Assembly of Islamic Cities (WAIC), Mr. Masoud Nosrati, signed a Letter of Intent with UN-Habitat to co-organize a Mayoral Conference on the City Prosperity Initiative (CPI). More...

(6) UN-Habitat spearheads initiative to improve Nairobi's transport systems:
The study mission focused on five major themes including integrated land use/transport, sustainable urban principles, municipal and project finance, global economy innovation, project planning and risk management. More...

(7) Post Haiyan shelter projects wraps with 660 families getting resilient houses and households strengthened against disaster:
Rising from the wreckage of Super Typhoon Haiyan, 660 families finally completed the building of their houses and 54 community infrastructure projects in 28 communities in Capiz and Iloilo as the Post-Yolanda Support for Safer Homes and Settlements project implemented by UN-Habitat ... More...

Urban quote
"Youth are more than victims of poverty and economic downturn- they can be agents of change.

We need to do more to create jobs for young people and to support young entrepreneurs so they can create jobs for others"

- Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary General, on Youth.
UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth

UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth visits Rwanda

The visit which was coordinated by UN-Habitat and its Deputy Executive Director, Ms. Aisa Kacyira focused on showcasing best practice programming for youth in urban areas as well as exploring possibilities for strengthened collaboration. More...

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Up next
  • 19th August 2015: World Humanitarian Day
  • 7th - 8th September 2015: Thematic Meeting, Israel
  • 7th - 9th September 2015: Urban Planning for City Leaders Workshop
  • 8th - 15th September 2015: Land Readjustment Training Course
  • 5th October 2015: World Habitat Day
  • 6th - 7th October 2015: Thematic Meeting, Canada
  • 8th - 10th October 2015: City as a Service
  • 19th - 21st October 2015: Sixth Asia-Pacific Urban Forum
  • 21st - 22nd October 2015: Regional Meeting, Jarkata
  • 31st October 2015: World Cities Day
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