News from UN-Habitat - Issue 16 - March 2016
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In this issue:

Urban Round Up

(1) Government of Japan gives USD 15 million to UN-Habitat projects in Iraq:
United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has received USD 15 million from the Government of Japan to implement two projects in Iraq: “Gender-sensitive Durable Shelter Support for Internally Displaced Persons in Iraq” and “Promoting Urban Recovery in Newly Liberated Areas in Iraq.”,...more

(2) Building Back Better – Supporting Spatial Planning in Gaza’s Khuza’a Municipality:
UN Habitat through a partnership with Dutch Creative Industries Fund deployed a team of four planning and architectural experts from Belgium, Netherlands, and Germany for a technical exchange with Gazan planners,...more

(3)From slums to integrated, inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable neighbourhoods:
“Finding adequate financing for the informal settlements sector is a huge challenge. We are addressing the problem through partnerships from local to international levels. Together we make a difference,...”Even as the discussions continue, it is important to recognize the fact that the capacity of slum dwellers to move out of slums remains limited,..more

(4) New UN-Habitat project in Kenya receives Japanese funding:
UN-Habitat this week received USD 1 million from the Government of Japan to implement a project in Kenya: “Strengthening Planning for Resettlement and Integration of Refugee Communities at Kalobeyei New Site, Turkana County.” Turkana County is the largest,...more

(5) UN-Habitat hosts youth discussion on urban youth and equity in Asia-Pacific:
"Around 70 young people gathered in Medan, Indonesia on Saturday for a focus group discussion and survey research on urban youth and equity in Asia-Pacific. The lively event kicked off with presentations from experts and representatives from local communities who shared their views, analysis and experience in tackling youth inequity in its different dimensions,...more

(6) First results of Mexico’s City Prosperity Index (CPI):
The first results of the City Prosperity Index (CPI) carried out in 136 municipalities across Mexico were presented in Mexico City earlier this March. The CPI is UN-Habitat’s urban development indicator and is being implemented with the Mexican federal institute for housing Infonavit. Currently applied in over 500 cities around the world, the CPI is a tool that provides metrics and data to evaluate urban development,...more

Focus On: Gender
Equal access to the City

With International Women's Day earlier this month, we take an in depth look at how urbanisation impacts access to the city. At present, rapid urbanization is challenging both national and local governments in their role to develop compact, inclusive, connected and integrated cities.

In this process of fast urbanization, failure to fully mainstream gender equality into urban planning, legislation and economic development is hindering the inclusiveness of cities and preventing the full integration of women and girls in the economic, social, political and cultural life of cities,...more.
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Harmonization of the Legal Systems Resolving Land Disputes in Somaliland and Puntland

The last several decades have seen a change in the legal landscape relating to land in Puntland and Somaliland.

This report discusses the Land Dispute Tribunals in Somaliland and the Land Dispute Resolution Committees in Puntland. The LDTs are intended to be hybrid institutions capable of harnessing benefits from both the formal and the customary system. Download the Publication
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  • 29th - 31st March 2016: Saudi Urban Forum 2016
  • 01st - 30th April 2016: Habitat III - Regional Meeting, Latin America
  • 25th - 26th April 2016: 7th Global Housing Finance Conference
  • 30th June - 1st July 2016: No Cost Housing Conference
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