News from UN-Habitat - Issue 12 - September 2015
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Focus On: Land

Land poses a major issue in the urbanization process in both developed and developing countries.

On one hand, lack of land policies and clear regulations lead to uncoordinated city growth and the upsurge of informal settlements.

On the other hand, excessive regulations such as strict zoning – the organization of urban space in exclusive residential, commercial, or industrial areas – can result in urban sprawl and horizontal, low density expansion of urban spaces.

This makes land one of UN-Habitat's fundamental focus areas of work. More...

In this issue:

ONU-Habitat en français goes live!

UN-Habitat goes live with global French website

As part of its advocacy, outreach and communications strategy started in 2012, UN-Habitat launched its global website in French, alongside two new social media channels Twitter and Facebook reporting globally on UN-Habitat's agenda and activities in the French language.

The French website is part of a wider effort to provide global information on urban themes and UN-Habitat in the United Nations working languages. UN-Habitat expects that the new communication channels in French will be especially important on the African continent.

Urban Round Up

(1) Swiss support in Cuba to benefit one million people:
Citizens of thirteen municipalities of Cuba will benefit from an agreement signed between representatives of the Swiss Development Cooperation and UN-Habitat to improve housing infrastructure and living conditions. More...

(2) Slum residents contribute to participatory design of community hall:
In a landmark project initiated by UN-Habitat and coordinated by the Global Network for Sustainable Housing, the University of Cambridge has engaged a team of researchers to design a community centre in one of Kenya's biggest and oldest slums.More...

(3) Creative Lab on urban basic services infrastructure held in Kigali:
UN-Habitat has held an international summer school in the Rwandan capital under the motto 'Interacting Infrastructures'. The Creative Lab brought together international students... More...

(4) UN-Habitat, ARCADIS and KULeuven help rebuilding effort in Nepal:
ARCADIS, UN-Habitat - the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, and KU Leuven are partnering to develop an urban recovery and development program for immediate action in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. More...

(5) Brazilian state to pilot a UN-Habitat sustainable development plan:
The state of Para in Brazil will serve as a pilot model for a UN-Habitat sustainable development plan which aims to implement a methodology to anticipate problems in areas impacted by large industries such as hydropower and mining. More...

(6) UN-Habitat and UNESCAP to strengthen Asian and Pacific partnerships:
Fifty multi-sector participants from 14 Asia-Pacific countries and development partners in the region recently converged at the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok, Thailand for a Partners Workshop on strengthening partnerships for sustainable urban development in Asia and the Pacific region. More...

(7) Amman Youth Declaration Calls For Action From Local Governments On Peacebuilding:
The Amman Youth Declaration on youth and peacebuilding has been adopted by the more than 400 youth delegates attending the Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security recently held in Jordan... More...

Urban quote
"Mounting pressure and competition mean that improving land governance – the rules, processes and organizations through which decisions are made about land – is becoming increasingly urgent. "

- Dr. Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-Habitat, on Land.
Featured Network

Global Land Tool Network

The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) is an alliance of global, regional, and national partners contributing to poverty alleviation through land reform, improved land management, and security of tenure, particularly through the development and dissemination of pro-poor and gender-sensitive land tools.

The Network's main objective is to contribute to poverty alleviation through a pro-poor, equitable and sustainable approach to land reform, improved land management and security of tenure.More...

Did you know?

Improving Women’s Access to Land in Eastern DRC

UN Habitat has been working in the eastern DRC since 2009, and the purpose of this study is to help better understand and integrate gender issues into existing programming, and to guide future activities to improve and support women’s access to land in the region.

The study seeks to develop a baseline understanding of women’s access to land, with particular focus on the barriers under customary and statutory regimes faced by women as daughters, wives, widows, displaced, and how they are coping with these conditions.

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  • 1st - 30th October 2015: Urban October
  • 5th October 2015: World Habitat Day
  • 6th - 7th October 2015: Habitat III Thematic Meeting, Canada, Montreal
  • 8th - 10th October 2015: City as a Service
  • 19th - 21st October 2015: Sixth Asia-Pacific Urban Forum
  • 21st - 22nd October 2015: Habitat III Regional Meeting, Jarkata
  • 31st October 2015: World Cities Day
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