News from UN-Habitat - Issue 25 - March 2017
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This month saw the first visit of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres in Kenya. He visited a community space in one of Nairobi’s oldest slums, Mathare, to meet some of the beneficiaries of UN programmes and partnerships.

The visit coincided with International Women’s Day – the theme of which is “Women in the changing world of work” – and the Secretary-General visited a young women’s ICT training program, met with footballers from the Up for Slum Dwellers and Mathare Women’s team, and talked with young women involved in the political process. Read more...

In this issue:

Urban Round Up

(1) Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme Empowers Women and Girls through Community-Managed Funding:
Drawing from its extensive experience in building inclusive governance capacity, promoting adequate housing, and improvement of living standards for people living in slums through implementing slum upgrading projects, UN-Habitat has consolidated an integrated, in-situ citywide approach to slum upgrading and prevention in its Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP)...more

(2) UN-Habitat and The Government of Tanzania celebrate World Water Day:
The activities and celebrations aimed to sensitize the communities on the importance of water resources, sanitation and a clean environment are being done through the Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation (LVWATSAN-Mwanza) Project: Mobilization and Institutional Facilitation of Sanitation (UN-Habitat)” which is funded by the European Investment Bank (EIB), Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the Government of Tanzania...more

(3) Solomon Islands launches Honiara Urban Resilience and Climate Action Plan:
The government of Solomon Islands has formally launched the Honiara Urban Resilience and Climate Action Plan (HURCAP) to enhance the capital’s resilience to climate change. With research contributions by RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, the document forms part of UN-Habitat’s Cities and Climate Change Initiative (CCCI) and follows the endorsement of the Honiara Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment...more

(4) Women’s and the New Urban Agenda at CSW:
At the recent 61st Commission on the Status of Women, UN-Habitat hosted a series of multi-stakeholder events at the UN Headquarters to make certain that the role of women in the implantation of the New Urban Agenda is well understood and the realization of inclusive, economically viable and sustainable cities is achieved. The newly-sworn Deputy Secretary General, Amina Mohammed, opened the first panel of gender and development leaders by emphasizing the critical role of the New Urban Agenda in achieving the vision for sustainable and inclusive societies by 2030...more

(5) UN-Habitat to help Kiambu County in revenue enhancement and economic development:
The County Government of Kiambu and UN-Habitat recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding committing to collaborate in the areas of revenue enhancement and local economic development in the county. The partnership aims to create optimal conditions for enabling private initiatives and improved county services with particular emphasis on infrastructure improvement...more

(6) City Prosperity Initiative featured at Cannes Palais des Festivals, France:
The success the City Prosperity Initiative (CPI) is reaching new heights with its presentation at the MIPIM, the world’s most prestigious real estate event hosting 25,000 participants this week at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes. This concretises the engagement of a new type of partner in the initiative and a key stakeholder engaged in delivering cities...more

Focus On: Abu Dhabi to host World Urban Forum in 2020

The capital of United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, will host the Tenth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10) in 2020. UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, as the convener of WUF, announced the decision on Thursday 23 March 2017 concluding the bidding process for WUF10.

United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UN-Habitat Executive Director, Dr. Joan Clos, has informed Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, of the decision.

WUF10 will be the first Forum to be held in the Arab region and it will be particularly relevant to the implementation of the New Urban Agenda after its adoption in Quito, Ecuador, in 2016, and the Ninth session of the World Urban Forum to be held in Kuala Lumpur in February 2018. Read more...

UN-Habitat launches climate resilience project in four countries

UN-Habitat recently launched a new Project under its Cities and Climate Change Initiative (CCCI) on ‘pro-poor planning for climate resilience in marginalized neighbourhoods’.

The Project’s first activities took place in partnering cities and communities in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Fiji, Jamaica, and the Solomon Islands. The Project aims at strengthening capacities of communities and local governments to address the climate challenge through building climate resilience in informal settlement contexts.

The negative effects in slums and informal settlements tend to spill-over to the overall city with negative impacts for all. Based on this extensive work, a new partnership between the Swedish government and UN-Habitat seeks to build climate resilience in marginalized neighbourhoods using pro-poor planning methodologies as an entry point...Read more

Did you know?
UN-Habitat Support to Sustainable Urban Development in Kenya – Volume 3

Kenya’s urban population in 2050 is projected to reach over 42.6 million people, up from a current estimated urban population of just under 12 million. This transition is expected to have a significant impact and, thus, calls for increased preparedness on the part of policy makers and planners.

Inadequate and underdeveloped infrastructure, severe shortages of affordable housing, dysfunctional land and housing markets, informal settlements, transportation and mobility challenges, socio-economic challenges, and environmental degradation, are some of the challenges that must be addressed.

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