News from UN-Habitat - Issue 19 - June 2016
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UN-Habitat alongside other UN agencies like UNEP, UNESCO, UNICEF and United Nations Office of Nairobi celebrated the World Environment Day on 5 June.

This year's theme was 'Go Wild for Life: Zero Tolerance for the Illegal Trade in Wildlife'. On behalf of the Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Ms. Christine Musisi gave a few remarks of how the agency is working to make urbanization more sustainable and building houses that can have a good impact on the environment.

UN-Habitat's Myanmar Climate Change Alliance also celebrated the day during a ceremony held in Myanmar. The event engaged participants and media to raise awareness on illegal wildlife trade...more.

In this issue:

Urban Round Up

(1) ‘Science of Cities’ Tool Measures Impact of Cities on People:
UN-Habitat will release details of a new scientific tool that measures the rate of global urbanization, its characteristics, and the potential effect of urban sprawl on the quality of life for city dwellers. The UN Sample of Cities uses a representative sample of 200 cities worldwide...more

(2) UN-Habitat to announce winner of ‘Student Design Competition for Kenya’s Towns’:
UN-Habitat and Kenya’s Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development are pleased to announce an exhibition of 9 short-listed candidate from ‘STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION FOR KENYA’S TOWNS‘. The competition was held by UN-Habitat and the Ministry to seek creative planning and design ideas for sustainable urban development...more

(3) Improving collaboration between water user associations and water service providers in Somaliland:
UN-Habitat recently organized a two-day workshop with water user associations and water service providers from around Somaliland. This resulted in a peer partnership with the country’s National Water and Sewerage Corporation to support the transfer of knowledge, exchange best practices...more

(4) Afghanistan’s Urban National Priority Program reaches an important milestone:
“Making cities the drivers of economic development” captures the importance of urbanization in the National Unity Government’s reform programme for Afghanistan during the country’s transformation decade – 2015 to 2024. Minister Sadat Naderi articulated the Urban NPP vision which seeks to “achieving dynamic, safe, livable urban centers that are hubs of economic growth...more

(5) Venice ‘Architecture Biennale 2016’ endorses UN-Habitat’s Urban Planning Labs approach:
Themed ‘Reporting from the Front’, UN-Habitat’s Network of Urban Planning Labs facilitated an Expert Group Meeting with Urban Planning Labs from five countries: Ghana, Mexico, Myanmar, Palestine, and Philippines.the EGM focused on the implementation challenges that the Urban Planning Labs face in the...more

(6) UN-Habitat supporting youth entrepreneurship in Kuwait:
Ms Ameera Al- Hassan, UN-Habitat’s assistant head of Kuwait office, presented an empowering presentation on youth entrepreneurship during a Gender Mainstream workshop for women in Kuwaiti society at a ceremony on Sunday at Al Babtain Library in Kuwait city...more

Focus On: World Urban Forum 10

Call for Expression of Interest: Hosting of WUF10 in 2020

The World Urban Forum (WUF) is the world’s premier conference on urban issues. It was established in 2001 by the United Nations1 to examine one of the most pressing issues facing the world today: rapid urbanization and its impact on communities, cities, economies, climate change and policies.

The participation in the Forum has seen an increase over the last years and steadied at around 18,000 participants from all over the world in WUF7. In this context, the World Urban Forum aims to gather participants in a city recognized globally for its innovation in sustainable urban development in order to search for ways and provide lesson and insights that can promote inclusive development in all parts of the world. The closing date for receiving of the Expression of Interest for WUF10 is 15 July 2016.
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Global Alliance for Urban Crises

A new Alliance aimed at delivering a cohesive and strategic approach to humanitarian crises in urban settings was launched at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul.

The Global Alliance for Urban Crises emerged in recognition of the need to adapt global crisis response to an increasingly urban world and brings together a coalition of partners from across different sectors and settings, such as local authorities, humanitarian and development actors and professional associations – to provide support and assistance that is more appropriate, effective and sustainable.

Did you know?

Evaluation of Participatory Review of Egyptian Planning

The evaluated project was an innovative intervention that touched upon a topic that had not been addressed before.

It made use of a participatory method that involved intensive engagement with stakeholders at different levels and managed to produce processes and patterns that can be replicated in the future.

It also managed to highlight important problems and identify their root causes, while it also allowed the exchange of experiences at regional level.

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  • 29 June - 01 July 2016: Inaugural African Forum for Urban Safety Learning Exchange
  • 30 June - 01 July 2016: No Cost Housing Conference
  • 06 - 07 July 2016: Reviewing the State of Safety in World Cities Conference
  • 11 - 14 July 2016: Terra LYON 2016 – XIIth World Congress on Earthen Architecture
  • 25 - 27 July 2016: Third Preparatory Committee of the Habitat III Conference
  • 05 - 09 September: 6th Annual Shelter Academy on Climate Adaptation and Mitigation
  • 17 - 20 October: Habitat III Conference
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