News from UN-Habitat - Issue 15 - December 2015
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As part of the United Nations family, UN-Habitat celebrates Human Rights Day on 10 December 2015, in recognition of the important role that cities and towns play in the realization of human rights for all.

There has been a phenomenal shift towards urbanization, with 6 out of every 10 people in the world expected to reside in urban areas by 2030.

Over 90 per cent of this growth will take place in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. In the absence of effective urban planning, the consequences of this rapid urbanization will be dramatic.

In this issue:

UN-Habitat celebrates Human Rights Day 2015
Urbanization challenges towns and cities in every part of the world, and many of these challenges are either the cause or consequence of the lack of respect for human rights in cities. The rise and persistence of inequalities in cities manifests itself most clearly in informal settlements.

The right to adequate housing is a human right – and this means much more than just a roof above our heads. Residents in informal settlements lack security of tenure; they lack availability of services, materials, facilities and infrastructure. These are just some of the elements that are necessary for living a dignified life. Read More...
Urban October Design Competition Winners Announced!

‘Justicia Urbana’ by Fabian Todorovic from Chile, an illustration of inequality of the urban space, is the winner of the 2015 Urban October Design Competition. The image illustrates the inequality of the urban space through the representation of the street and the distribution of the transport space.
View the First and Second Runners Up here.

Urban Round Up

(1) Kenya’s Kisumu County extends USD 100,000 contribution to UN-Habitat:
Kisumu County Government has contributed USD 100,000 to the on-going joint Kisumu County/UN-Habitat initiative on the Kisumu Lakefront development. The Contribution Agreement was signed by the Governor of Kisumu County, Mr. Jack Ranguma, and the UN-Habitat Executive Director, Dr. Joan Clos at a partnership agreement signing ceremony in Kisumu on 1 December, 2015....More...

(2) Pope Francis gives thumbs to Habitat III:
On a visit to the United Nations compound on Thursday, Pope Francis gave an endorsement to the Habitat-III Conference, planned for Quito in October 2016, saying it could be a significant occasion for identifying ways of responding pressing urbanisation challenges. The pontiff set aside a special session... More...

(3) UN-Habitat supports ICT infrastructure in Somaliland:
Through the UN Joint Programme on Local Governance and Decentralized Service Delivery, UN-Habitat is supporting the implementation of a Financial Management Information System (FMIS) in Somaliland. FMIS is a World Bank.... More...

(4) Japanese Ambassador opens pre-school built through UN-Habitat Infrastructure Project:
Japanese ambassador to Sri Lanka, Mr. Kenichi Suganuma and his wife Madam Akiko, visited Kilinochchi district this week where he opened the Peptees Preschool in Vivekanadanagar East Village constructed through UN-Habitat’s post conflict infrastructure reconstruction project. More...

(5) El Salvador launches national policy on habitat and housing:
During World Cities Day, the president of El Salvador, Salvador Sanchez Cerén, launched the National Housing and Habitat Policy (NHHP) that seeks to facilitate access to decent housing for families and opportunities for improving the quality of life in urban areas... More...

(6) Africities 2015 kicks off with urbanisation taking centre stage:
The Africities 2015 kicked off in Johannesburg on Sunday with urbanisation taking the centre stage. In his official opening speech, South Africa’s Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation gave UN-Habitat a vote of thanks of sorts when he quoted extensively from its State of African Cities Report 2014. More...

Urban quote
Did you know?
The Right to Adequate Housing for Persons With Disabilities Living in Cities

This study reviews the literature on the meaning and impact of the right to adequate housing for persons with disabilities in cities.

It uses the foundational framework of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), and demonstrates how the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) provides a new understanding of this complex right.

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Up next
  • 10 December 2015: Human Rights Day - Forced Evictions: Video screening, Nairobi
  • 10 - 11 January 2016: Urban Thinkers Campus, Dubai: Future Cities Forum
  • 24 - 27 January 2016: Urban Thinkers Campus, Sarawak: Health and Wellbeing in the City we Need
  • 24 January 2016: Urban Thinkers Campus: Women Transforming Cities Dialogue Cafés
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