Today, World Children’s Day, is an occasion to recognize the future. Children embody our potential to change the world. As we celebrate World Children’s Day today, let us reflect on our obligation, to our generation and theirs, to ensure that they are heard, and that their rights respected.
I have had the immense privilege of meeting children from around the world, the leaders of today and tomorrow, who create positive and real change in their homes, schools and communities. In constantly asking and questioning – why? how? why not? – children can effect change.
On 15 November 2018, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) presented the Initial Planning Framework for the Reconstruction of Mosul, offering perspectives on how to ‘Build Back Better’ the city for the people of Mosul.
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.
Bhagdad, October 2018 – The Local Area Development Programme (LADP) identifies key obstacles to local-level planning and service delivery in Iraq.
The Myanmar Consortium for Community Resilience (MCCR), comprised of four INGOs and two UN partners have launched an 18-month project aimed at reducing the human, social, economic, and environmental losses in coastal and urban areas resulting from disasters in Myanmar. The European Unionfunded consortium has been supporting disaster risk reduction and resilience-building initiatives with coastal and urban communities in high-risk areas of Myanmar since 2012.
New York October 2018 – Youth, civil society and NGOs joined UN-Habitat and the Canadian Govenrment on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly to discuss how young people from Somalia can contribute to bringing about peace.
This overview, compiled by UN-Habitat and the Shelter Cluster, Includes all reported rehabilitation, new construction/ transitional shelter and cash for shelter projects in Iraq, up to July 2018. Rehabilitations make up 82% of all the projects, while new construction/transitional shelter makes up 11% and Cash for Shelter 7%. This overview shows planned, ongoing and completed interventions.
Around 38% of these projects are planned, 24% are still ongoing and 30% are completed.
Yangon, 01 October 2018
A better prepared institutions and systems in Myanmar would help the communities to be better prepared and resilient. ECHO is committed to support the preparedness activities and also proud that joined the efforts of Myanmar government in building emergency preparedness through the MCCR Consortium. The head of ECHO Mrs. Clementina CANTONI joined the launch of the Safe hospital project at the Yangon General Hospital this morning.
Cities in focus: Asuncion and Kampala
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.
Beit Lahia, Gaza Strip, 16 August 2018 – Coinciding with the Joint UN Campaign in the State of Palestine to celebrate the International Youth Day, UN-Habitat jointly with UN-Women, the Palestinian Housing Council, Aisha Association for Woman and child protection, and GGateway inaugurated the second safe and inclusive community garden in Beit Lahia in Gaza Strip.
Based on the successful partnership between UN-Habitat Egypt and General Organization for Physical Planning and New Urban Communities (GOPP) to design the Al-Alamein New City (17,000 feddans – 3 Million inhabitants) using a new paradigm in planning and establishing new towns following principles aligned with the New Urban Agenda and the SDGs (for more information see links below); The Egyptian Government requested the UN-Habitat support to develop the conceptual plan for New Ras El Hekma Waterfront.
Mogadishu, Somalia, 16 August 2018 (Mogadishu, Somalia) – UN-Habitat has launched a new training programme for youth in Somalia named ‘Project Rajo’, after the Somali word for ‘hope’, Project Rajo will provide training 400 young women and men aged between 15-35 years in construction, business, entrepreneurship and soft skills. It will be rolled out first in Garowe and Kismayo, followed by Mogadishu.
Maroua, Cameroon, 14 August 2018—A total of 30 municipalities in northern Cameroon, a region badly affected by the activities of the terrorist group Boko Haram, have joined the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, being part of the 9,000 member strong grouping.
Tabbaneh is a predominantly residential neighbourhood in eastern Tripoli, on the east banks of Abu Ali River. It falls within the jurisdiction of Tripoli Municipality, in Lebanon’s North Governorate. It is a low-income, disadvantaged neighbourhood, exhibiting a relative fragility in terms of historically rooted tensions affecting the security situation, weak public social and basic urban services provision, and limited livelihood opportunities. Covering an area of 0.42 km2, it accommodates 20,449 people, the vast majority (82.9 percent) of whom are Lebanese.
On 8 August 2018, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) jointly hosted the first workshop to develop an Initial Planning Framework for Reconstruction of Mosul. The all-day event was held at Mosul University with leaders and experts from the Government of Iraq, academia, international organizations, the private sector, and civil society.
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”.
24th July 2018, Kabul. UN-Habitat Afghanistan hosted a three-day Training of Trainers workshop on Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation into Sustainable Development in close cooperation with Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANMDA), senior representatives from different national and local authorities in Afghanistan and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).
Mannar, Sri Lanka, July 2018 – Engaging students in environmentally friendly activities is improving overall performance and attendance in schools across Sri Lanka, giving hope to thousands of students who are returning after being displaced by conflict and ensuring their families are resettled in a sustainable way.