News from UN-Habitat - Issue 18 - May 2016
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The World Cities Report 2016, Urbanization and Development: Emerging Futures, was launched in New York to an audience of partners, government representatives, stakeholders and the media.

During the launch, which took place at the Ford Foundation and was directly supported by International City Leaders, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Dr Joan Clos, said: “Cities have a transformative power. Read more...

In this issue:

Urban Round Up

(1) UN-Habitat launches Multifunctional Community Centre for Renewable Energy in Beira, Mozambique
UN-Habitat and the Municipal Council of Beira (CMB) last week launched the Multifunctional Community Centre for Renewables Energy Project in the slum of Munhava, around the city of Beira in Mozambique. The USD 158,000 project that began in 2011 was as a result of co-funding from the German foundation BASF STIFTUNG,...more

(2) Community Development Centre and Park inaugurated in Kurani Ainkawa, Erbil:
To mark the closure of a comprehensive informal settlement upgrading intervention in Erbil, a community development centre and a neighbourhood park were opened this week opened in Kurani Ainkawa. The Improving Housing Delivery System,...more

(3) UN-Habitat hosts youth discussions to mark the first anniversary of Nepal earthquake:
In the week of 24 April 2016, Nepal marked an important moment. It was the first anniversary of the great earthquake. To turn the page with forward-looking consultations, UN-Habitat hosted two urban youth discussions on the critical questions of “equity and youth development” in Kathmandu,...more

(4) Japan lends a helping hand to UN-Habitat project for ethnic communities in Myanmar:
UN-Habitat, with the support of the government of Japan, will assist vulnerable ethnic communities of Chin State of Myanmar by constructing community infrastructure, increasing access to safe drinking water and reconstructing housing badly affected by the 2015 floods,...more

(5) UN-Habitat provides boost to Ecuador’s earthquake recovery:
In response to the earthquake that affected Ecuador earlier in April, UN-Habitat is gearing-up its assistance to the Latin American country. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake led to the loss of close to 700 lives, with 28,000 people injured and severe damage to infrastructure and property, especially in the coastal town of Pedernales,...more

(6) Afghanistan completes national workshops on urban priority programme:
The government of Afghanistan, with the technical assistance from UN-Habitat recently completed a series of workshops aimed at developing an Urban National Priority Programme (U-NPP). The government held a series of ,...more

Focus On: World Cities Report 2016 Mobile App
The World Cities Report is the flagship report of UN-Habitat which gives an analysis of 20 years. Cities when well-planned can formulate solutions to many urban problems. The World Cities Report addresses this issue and highlights what the New Urban Agenda should look like.

The World Cities Report 2016 will trace and examine some of the most important urban issues that played out, or emerged, during the last twenty years since the Habitat II Conference, and make a case for revisiting the urban agenda.

For the first time, the report is available for electronic download through a dedicated App and can be accessed through while the report can be downloaded by chapter along with accompanying press kit and visual media through
Urban Quote
Did you know?

UN-Habitat Country Programme Document 2016 – 2021, Uganda

The UN-Habitat Country Programme Document for Uganda outlines the main objectives and priorities for UN-Habitat in Uganda. In collaboration with the government and other United Nations agencies, the overall aim of this HCPD is to promote the New Habitat Agenda: ensuring the sustainability of urban growth as a driving force as well as a source of equitable development with the power to change and improve lives. Download the Publication
Up next
  • 23 - 24 May 2016: World Humanitarian Summit 2016
  • 25 - 26 May 2016: 7th Global Housing Finance Conference
  • 30 June - 1 July 2016: No Cost Housing Conference
  • 06 July - 08 July 2016: Reviewing the State of Safety in World Cities Conference
  • 11 July - 14 July 2016: Terra LYON 2016 – XIIth World Congress on Earthen Architecture
  • 35 July - 27 July 2016: Third Preparatory Committee of the Habitat III Conference; Surabaya
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