News from UN-Habitat - Issue 20 - July 2016
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The month of July concluded the inaugural African Forum for Urban Safety(AFUS) Learning Exchange held in Durban City, South Africa. The conference highlighted what UN-Habitat’s Safer Cities Programme had done in Africa for the last 20 years.

The Director of Programmes at UN-Habitat, Mr. Alioune Badiane delivered a keynote speech addressing the biggest challenges that Africa has been experiencing. These include terrorism by Boko Haram in the West, Al Shaabab attacks in the East, threat to albinos as xenophobic attacks and gender based violence.

He emphasized that UN-Habitat is working with many organizations to seek solutions to poverty related problems in our cities. Read more…

In this issue:

Urban Round Up

(1) Government of Japan offers Hope for Internally Displaced Students in Fallujah:
With generous support from the Government of Japan, temporary premises providing 25 classrooms, 128 residential units with accommodation for 512 students, basic site infrastructure and an administration building have been constructed at Fallujah University with technical support...more

(2) EU provides €6 million to make vulnerable cities resilient to disasters:
The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) aim to reduce disaster losses in some of the world’s most hazard prone cities with the initial aid of a €6 million grant from the EU, over the next three years...more

(3) UN-Habitat establishes host community settlement development group in refugee project:
UN-Habitat, together with Peace Winds Japan has been taking forward the project Planning for Integrated Refugee and Host Communities in Kalobeyei, Town, Kenya funded by the Government of Japan. The second community meeting convened in Kalobeyei Town was attended by 40 participants from different age, social groups and locations within the town`s administrative area...more

(4) Korea-Vietnam Community Art Exchange Project launched:
The Korea – Vietnam Community Art Exchange Project was launched last week at a colourful ceremony attended by artists, local leaders, representatives from sponsors as well as locals. The ceremony in Trung Thanh village, Tam Thanh commune, Tam Ky city, Quang Nam, saw the participation of leaders from province, city, Korea Foundation (KF), representatives from UN-Habitat , Korean artists and people of Tam Thanh commune...more

(5) Utilising Minecraft to develop public spaces in East Jerusalem:
In conjunction with partners, UN-Habitat is working on improving public spaces in an East Jerusalem neighbourhood. UN-Habitat is collaborating with Bimkom -Planners for Planning Rights, Al Enaya Community Center, and the Green Mosque Group to create an inclusive public space ...more

(6) UN-Habitat presents Guidelines for Urban Planning to Myanmar’s Minister for Construction:
UN-Habitat handed over the Guidelines for Urban Planning for the Union of Myanmar to the new Minister for Construction, U Win Khaing. The guidelines are a key output of the 100-day plan of the Ministry of Construction. As a tool for sustainable urban planning, the Guidelines provide a step-by-step approach to planning for urban growth, with specific recommendations for streets and public spaces...more

Focus On: Safer Cities Programme

Reviewing the State of Safety in World Cities: Safer Cities +20

Building on the urgency to advance safety and development in cities, the conference was a call to action to enroot integrated approaches to urban safety, crime prevention and conflict prevention as an integral part of city governance to assist national and local governments, mayors, technical city officials and societal actors to improve the quality of life of people.

The conference had the overall objectives to assess the state of safety in world cities as a contribution of UN-Habitat and partners to the HABITAT III Summit and the New Urban Agenda. It also drew together the achievements of 20 years of UN-Habitat Safer Cities Programme, and its related network of cities and partners.
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The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets, which are integrated and indivisible, demonstrate the scale and ambition of this new universal Agenda, which balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental. Read more...

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UN-Habitat Country Programme Document 2016 – 2019, Afghanistan

The Habitat Country Programme Document (HCPD) sets out the strategic direction of UN-Habitat’s engagement in Afghanistan for the period 2016-19.

Aligned with the national development goals and priorities of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), the Country Programme Document draws on lessons learned from UN-Habitat’s experience working hand-in-hand with communities across the nation over the past 24 years and on our understanding of the ongoing process of transformation in human settlements across the country.

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