News from UN-Habitat - Issue 21 - August 2016
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The Third Session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom3) of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) was recently held in Surabaya, Indonesia.

The Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Dr. Joan Clos emphasized that building sustainable cities will be a major factor in the success of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda as well as other adopted global frameworks, particularly Sustainable Development Goal 11.

In this issue:

Urban Round Up

(1) UN-Habitat working together with the host community in Kenya Refugee Project:
The Settlement Development Group of Kalobeyei Town teamed up with the UN-Habitat LAB planning experts last week for a participatory planning workshop in Kenya refugee project. The workshop contributes to strengthening the participatory component in supporting spatial planning for Kalobeyei New Site – a new settlement expected to host over 60,000 refugees and host community...more

(2) Turkana Youth exploring towns` livelihoods in UN-Habitat photography workshops:
A group of youths from Kakuma and Kaloeyebei areas of Kenya’s Turkana County recently had the once in a lifetime opportunity to train in photography. The photography workshop was organized by UN-Habitat Kakuma within the project Supporting Planning for Integrated Refugees and Host Communities, funded by the Government of Japan. ...more

(3) Monitoring water use efficiency in Qazvin through City Prosperity Initiative:
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) Discussions push ever closer to adoption of a New Urban Agenda:
In preparation for the Habitat III conference to be held in Quito in October, the third session of the Preparatory Committee – PrepCom3 – closed with strong progress towards the adoption of the New Urban Agenda. In three intensive days of negotiations in Surabaya, Indonesia, delegates from member states recognized the importance of sustainable urbanization and discussed the ways in which it could influence Agenda 2030 and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals...more

(5) Only 13% of World’s Cities have affordable housing – According to new research:
According to the Global Sample of Cities – a sample representing 70% of the world’s population – the median house price is 4.9 times annual household income in the majority of metropolitan areas, well above the recommended ratio of 3.0 times...more

(6) UN agencies call for greater flow of material and funding into Gaza:
On the day marking two years since the 26 August 2014 ceasefire which ended the most devastating round of hostilities in Gaza since the beginning of the occupation in 1967, 16 heads of United Nations agencies in Palestine call for the uninterrupted and predictable flow of material and increased funding to address humanitarian needs and boost economic prospects for Gaza’s 1.9 million residents...more

Focus On: International Youth Day

Nairobi pledges to support youth centre on International Youth Day

August 12 is International Youth Day which is celebrated worldwide in recognition of the role of young people in providing community solutions hence contributing to the overall development.

In Kenya, the overall theme of this year was “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Production and Consumption.” With the following specific theme: Youth leading sustainability. Read more,..

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Corrigendum: Urban Centre of Excellence

Reference is made to the Call for Expression of Interest: Urban Centre of Excellence published 28 August 2016

This publication was recalled on 5 September 2016 as it was published in error. We deeply regret any inconvenience this has caused. For further information please contact Gordon Weiss, Spokesperson at

Did you know?
Evaluation of the Cooperation Agreement Between UN-Habitat and Sweden

This evaluation of the 2012-2015 agreement between the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and UN-Habitat was welcomed by the donor for providing an assessment of results achieved and performance of 19 UN-Habitat projects supported through the agreement.

The majority, about 74 per cent of the Sida funded projects were rated with ‘highly satisfactory’ or ‘satisfactory’ performance.

Projects that paid attention to internal collaboration and monitoring effectiveness were found to be generally more successful than those that did not.

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