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For the last 40 years, UN-Habitat - the United Nations Human Settlements Programme - has been working towards a better urban future to improve the lives of people around the world.
With over half of the population living in cities, and with around 3 billion more people expected to live in urban areas by 2050, cities are facing unprecedented demographic, environmental, economic, social and spatial challenges.
Methodology development and testing
The monitoring methodology for indicator 6.3.1 was developed and tested in consultation with wastewater experts, national sector experts and statistical authorities, and harmonized with the International Recommendations for Water Statistics (UN DESA, 2012) and established regional monitoring mechanisms.
Climate and disaster resilience planning of vulnerable settlements in Laos PDR funded through the Adaptation Fund
Following a two year process,
UN-Habitat was accredited to the Adaptation Fund in August 2015. It has since successfully submitted a concept note entitled, “Enhancing the climate and disaster resilience of the most vulnerable rural and emerging urban human settlements in Lao PDR”.
On 5 and 6 June 2018, in Nairobi, Kenya, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), co-organized an Expert Group Meeting on “Building sustainable and resilient societies through the gender-responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.
Nairobi, 3 July 2018 — A grouping of planners is calling for action to address the many challenges of climate change in cities.
Operating under the name ‘Planners for Climate Action’ the group is calling for an urgent need to integrate climate change in planning practices, build the capacity of current and future planners, as well as support knowledge development.
The Resilience Enhancers isolate the cross-cutting themes that underpin UN-Habitat's resilience building methodology into an advocacy and training tool. This one provides an understanding of the relationship between gender and resilience, and it can be used to initiate discussion, to get a snapshot of the city focused on gender, and to counter-check existing tools and methodologies to build resilience.
The Making Cities Sustainable and Resilient Action is a joint initiative of UNISDR, UN-Habitat and the European Commission aiming to improve the understanding of, and capacity to, address disaster risks and build resilience at the local level, including in crisis-prone cities.
The Revised UN-Habitat Evaluation Framework (2016) has helped to increase evaluation focus, coverage and generated evidence performance. The evaluations conducted in 2017 were diverse covering country programmes (Afghanistan); global programmes (World Urban Forum7, Achieving Sustainable Urban Development, Global Land Tool Network); Subprogrammes (Urban Planning and Design); regional offices (Regional Office for Arab States) and Corporate (Mid-term evaluation of the strategic plan 2014-2019) as well as projects and programmes.
We, UN and non-UN entities, re-affirm our determination to prevent future acts of sexual exploitation and abuse by our personnel.
We note the issuance of this Statement at the High-level Conference on Eliminating Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN and NGO Personnel on 4 December 2006 in New York, USA and welcome future endorsement of this Statement by others.
Today, we mark World Malaria Day. I would like to join the world in remembering the millions of people who have died from malaria or who have suffered from malaria this past year.
Nearly half the world’s population is at risk of malaria. Although mortality rates have been decreasing since 2010, in 2015 an estimated 429,000 people still died of malaria. Aside from death, malaria also causes huge productivity loss, declining school attendance, and hinders effective economic development for many countries in the global South.
Large scale migration and propelling rapid urbanization are two key and intrinsically related facets of the 21st century. People have been increasingly on the move into cities, following economic opportunities voluntarily or escaping forcibly from mounting political conflicts or unprecedented natural disasters. Associated with this development is the overwhelming demand for affordable housing, adequate jobs, quality health care, education facilities, social protection and other basic infrastructure and services in cities.
Bonn, 13 November 2017 – At a day dedicated to cities and climate change, UN-Habitat’s Deputy Executive Director highlighted the importance of engaging women in climate action.
The first high-level day of the UN’s COP23 climate change summit focused on Sustainable Development Goal 11, an opportunity to promote the linkage between cities and climate change.
Myanmar is Better Equipped to Address Climate Change, Including in Cities
The importance of stakeholder participation and partnerships towards achieving sustainable development is expressed in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 16 and 17, and in numerous paragraphs of the New Urban Agenda (NUA), (1, 4-6, 11, 15, 21, 91, 96, 126, 128, 149, 153-4, 162-3, 165, 168-9, 171, and 172), the outcome document of the third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), held in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016..
Barcelona, 11 October 2017 – A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between UN-Habitat and Displacement Solutions, an organisation working on rights-based land solutions to climate displacement, outlining a framework for collaboration between the two organisations; globally, regionally, nationally, and at city-level.
Berlin, 04 July 2017– In order to address the rising tide of refugees and migrants over the years, UN-Habitat co-launched the Mediterranean City-to-City Migration (MC2CM) project that brings together experts and cities to contribute towards improved migration governance at city level, including migrants’ access to housing, basic services and human rights.
The year 2015 marked the 10th anniversary of the Global Shelter Cluster, the inter-agency coordination mechanism for shelter response. During these ten years, coordination has improved in consistency, shelter responses have grown in scale, and there are more people with experience in shelter programming, but people continue to lose their dwellings and be displaced due to conflict and natural disasters. Global humanitarian shelter needs continue to greatly exceed the capacity and resources to respond.
Adaptation Planning in the City of Honiara, Solomon Islands
For half a decade UN-Habitat, through its Cities and Climate Change Initiative and Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme, has assisted the urban areas, both formal and informal, of the City of Honiara in the Solomon Islands with adaptation planning. Assistance began in 2012 with a participatory analysis of vulnerability and adaptive capacity.
Foreword About 6.9 million people in Pacific island countries cannot access improved sanitation. More than 4.8 million cannot access improved water supplies. The United Nations General Assembly recognizes water and sanitation as basic human rights. The General Assembly has called upon governments and international organizations to provide financial resources, build capacity and technology transfer to provide safe, clean, accessible and affordable drinking-water and sanitation for all (UN Resolution A/RES/64/292).
IGlobal_Alliancestanbul, 24 May 2016 – 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.