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.
On 12 March 2018, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) officially handed over a total of 100 housing units in Bartella, Nineveh Governorate, rehabilitated under the project titled “Promoting Urban Recovery and Resilience in Newly Liberated Areas in Iraq” generously funded by the Government of Japan.
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Lebanon is hosting at least one million Syrian refugees officially registered with the UN, many of them living in informal tented settlements and residential and non-residential buildings scattered around the country. Unfortunately, tented settlements and substandard buildings, due to their informality and spontaneity as they are built in an ad hoc manner, are at high risk of fire.
Nairobi 9 March 2018 – UN-Habitat and Lixil Corporation have jointly conducted one week of training on the ‘Green Toilet System’ – a waterless and sustainable sanitation solution to be piloted at the Kalobeyei refugee settlement in Turkana County in Kenya. A group of youths from both the host and refugee communities, and the public health officer for Turkana West Sub-county where the refugee camp is located, participated in the training.
Nairobi, 28 Feb 2018 – With support from the Government of Japan, UN-Habitat has partnered with UNHCR and the Turkana County Government in Kenya to implement an integrated spatial development framework which promotes climate resilient infrastructure for sustainable livelihoods. Pilot projects for sustainable shelter, public space and sanitation that align humanitarian responses with development priorities are being undertaken with technical support from UN-Habitat in the context of integrating refugee and host communities.
Kabul, 21 February 2018 – The prosperity of nations is closely related to the prosperity of their cities. Cities worldwide account for more than 80% of global GDP. In Afghanistan, a country affected by longstanding conflict which has led to large numbers of internally displaced persons and returning refugees, cities play a key role as hubs for employment, especially youth, innovation and peace. Indeed, the Afghan population is expected to double within the next 15 years with the urban population reaching 50% of the total population.
In Iraq, years of violence and conflict leave 4 million children in need
At the Kuwait International Conference for the Reconstruction of Iraq, UNICEF and UN-Habitat call for urgent investment to restore basic infrastructure and services for children and families
Download the UNICEF-UN-Habitat assessment, “Committing to Change - Securing the Future” and Fact Sheet and multimedia material here
Mosul, 31 January 2018 - UN-Habitat in collaboration with its implementing partner, the local NGO Mercy Hands for Humanitarian Aid, concluded the activities funded by the 2017 Iraq Humanitarian Pooled Fund to address housing, land and property rights (HLP) of vulnerable people in Mosul.
On 28 January 2018, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) officially handed over total 200 housing units in Ramadi and Fallujah, Anbar Governorate, rehabilitated under the project titled "Promoting Urban Recovery and Resilience in Newly Liberated Areas in Iraq" generously funded by the Government of Japan.
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) cordially invites media representatives to cover the hand-over of rehabilitated war-damaged houses of returnees in Al-Andalus neighborhood, Ramadi, and Al-Jamhouriya neighborhood, Fallujah, both in Anbar Governorate. These events will be attended by Dr. Erfan Ali, Head of UN-Habitat Iraq, and representatives of the local government counterparts.
Date: Sunday, 28 January 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Venue: Al-Andalus neighborhood, Ramadi
Nairobi, 23 January 2018—The effects of climate change are affecting the grazing patterns in Kenya’s nomadic communities forcing many of them to relocate to towns and urban centres which has resulted in chaotic urbanisation, the Governor of Kenya’s Garissa County Ali Korane has said.
“Having lost pasture and their animals, the hitherto nomads are forced to relocate to urban centres for alternative livelihoods and this has led to chaotic urbanisation,” Mr. Korane said.
Over 1.1 million people of the Somali population live in protracted internal displacement. Another one million Somalis are in displacement in neighbouring countries and more than one million people have been displaced since November 2016 due to drought and conflict, bringing the total displaced population to approximately 30% of the current estimated population of Somalia.
Beit Lahia, Gaza Strip, 15 January 2018 – UN-Habitat in partnership with UN Women, Palestinian Housing Council, Aisha Association for Woman and child protection, and GGateway are creating a safe and inclusive public space in Al-Shaima’ neighbourhood in Beit Lahia city in order to improve the urban environment and the living conditions of residents, in particular children and youth.
Mosul, 19 Dec 2017 - UN-Habitat in collaboration with its implementing partner, the local NGO Mercy Hands, organized its 13th awareness raising sessions on Housing, Land and Property rights (HLP) in East Mosul under its project titled “Housing, Land, and Property Rights Response for Vulnerable People in Mosul and Surrounding Areas” funded by the Iraq Humanitarian Pooled Fund.
A delegation from the Government of Japan is in Kalobeyei between 18-20th December monitoring UN-Habitat activities in the Kalobeyei new settlement. The delegation is accompanied by the project team at UN-Habitat and representatives from Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) and the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) who are working in collaboration with Water Land and Ecosystem program of CGIAR and Penn State University.
Trapped between powerful landlords, more than 5800 IDP households have been left homeless in Mogadishu after being forcefully evicted. The net effect, in addition to gross violations of their human rights, is an outright reversal of years of incremental recovery efforts, leaving them back to square one. This loss of critical humanitarian investments, combined with the inhumane treatment of IDPs which has so far led to the suffocation of an 8‐month old infant, is particularly troubling.
Ramallah, Palestine, 10 December, 2017, The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) office in Palestine and the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) started today a four-day orientation training on Social Tenure Domain Model applications in Area C of the West Bank. The training is convened in partnership with the Land and Water Settlement Commission (LWSC) and with support from the Office of the Prime Minister in Palestine to support the overall Land Reform Plan for the year 2017.
Baghdad, 4 December 2017 – Following to the Cabinet’s endorsement on the draft legal framework to address informal settlements and to prevent encroachments on public lands, the Ministry of Planning and the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat), organized an orientation seminar with the heads and members of the Legal, Services, Security and Defense committees in the Iraqi Parliament in preparation for the official discussion of the draft legislation.
Kalobeyei, 8 December 2017 – In collaboration with the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) and the Office of International Programs, College of Agricultural Sciences, Pennsylvania State University, UN-Habitat has launched a project for briquette production in Kalobeyei new refugee settlement and the host community in a commitment to improve access to cooking energy.