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11 Dec 2017 description

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.

09 Dec 2017 description
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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.

08 Dec 2017 description

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.

27 Nov 2017 description

BACKGROUND

The information used in this assessment was gathered from reports done by the Returns Task Force. The documented HLP incidents fall under five main types of violations related to the Pinheiro Princples:

a. Destruction: the actual physical damage or destruction of housing, land and property as a result of the conflict (Principle 2.1 on ‘the right to housing and property restitution’).

27 Nov 2017 description

BACKGROUND

The information used in this assessment was gathered from reports done by the Returns Task Force. The documented HLP incidents fall under five main types of violations related to the Pinheiro Princples:

a. Destruction: the actual physical damage or destruction of housing, land and property as a result of the conflict (Principle 2.1 on ‘the right to housing and property restitution’).

27 Nov 2017 description

BACKGROUND

The information used in this assessment was gathered from reports done by the Returns Task Force. The documented HLP incidents fall under five main types of violations related to the Pinheiro Princples:

a. Destruction: the actual physical damage or destruction of housing, land and property as a result of the conflict (Principle 2.1 on ‘the right to housing and property restitution’).

22 Nov 2017 description

On 13th – 16th November, UN-Habitat kick-started the Public Space Programme in Kalobeyei though a first participatory design workshop with youth from refugees and host communities. In addition to the host community, seven different nationalities were involved in the workshop. The Public Space Programme will establish a network of public spaces designed, implemented and maintained by host and refugee communities, fostering integration the two communities to ensure sense of community ownership and use of the public space.

20 Nov 2017 description

Nearly 3.5 million more people improve their housing conditions with Habitat for Humanity

Through shelter, we empower: Habitat for Humanity’s 2017 annual report celebrates global impact and homeowners’ success stories

14 Nov 2017 description
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Baghdad, 6 November 2017 – During the visit of Dr. Aisa Kacyra Kirabo the UN Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme to Iraq, the Ministry of Planning signed with UN-Habitat a letter of intent to launch a data platform for recovery, reconstruction and resilience projects.

14 Nov 2017 description

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.

12 Nov 2017 description

Baghdad, 6 November 2017 – The Council of Ministers of Iraq endorsed the updated housing policy and its working plan matrix and requested from the concerned ministries and entities to undertake the needed arrangement for implementation -each according to its respective mandate- to provide decent housing to Iraqi citizens. The new housing policy was developed through the technical support of UN-Habitat to the Ministry of Construction, Housing, Municipalities and Public Works (MoCHMPW) and other concerned Ministries.

12 Nov 2017 description
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Baghdad, 6 November 2017 – The Council of Ministers of Iraq endorsed the updated housing policy and its working plan matrix and requested from the concerned ministries and entities to undertake the needed arrangement for implementation -each according to its respective mandate- to provide decent housing to Iraqi citizens. The new housing policy was developed through the technical support of UN-Habitat to the Ministry of Construction, Housing, Municipalities and Public Works (MoCHMPW) and other concerned Ministries.

10 Nov 2017 description

Madrid 9 November 2017—In the framework of the joint initiative between the European Commission, UNISDR and UN-Habitat, ‘Making Cities More Sustainable and Resilient’, UN-Habitat has initiated a series of training sessions for technicians from the cities of Asunción (Paraguay) and Maputo (Mozambique).

Asunción and Maputo are two of the pilot cities already implementing UN-Habitat’s City Resilience Profiling Tool, with Port Vila and Dakar set to receive the training in the future as part of the Tool’s implementation.

08 Nov 2017 description
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The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Embassy of Japan in Iraq organized a joint press conference to mark the inauguration of the returnees’ shelter site in Al Karama, Ramadi, and to acknowledge the significant contributions that the Government of Japan has provided to UN-Habitat Iraq to support recovery and reconstruction projects in Iraq.

03 Nov 2017 description

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) cordially invites media representatives to cover the inauguration of low-cost housing returnees settlement in Al Karama, and hand-over of rehabilitated war-damaged houses of returnees in Mo’almeen neighborhood, both in Ramadi, Anbar Governorate. These events will be attended by UN Assistant Secretary General and UN-Habitat Deputy Executive Director Dr. Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, and Governor of Anbar His Excellency Mr. Mohammed Rekan Al-Halboosi.

Date: Sunday, 5 November 2017

27 Oct 2017 description
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Quezon City, Philippines., October 27, 2017— Despite the recent suspension of work and classes due to a public transport strike affecting all of Metro Manila, about 40 representatives from five Philippine national government agencies showed up for the first training workshop on Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans & Designs (BCRUPD), a German government funded project with UN-Habitat as the lead implementer in partnership with the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB).

23 Oct 2017 description
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Baghdad, 22 October 2017 – The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), under the patronage of the Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, hosted a seminar in Baghdad to discuss Planning Prospects for the Reconstruction and Recovery of Mosul. The event gathered a wide range of partners, including the national and local government counterparts, United Nations agencies, donors, NGOs, academic institutions, and media.

13 Oct 2017 description

Kinshasa, 13 October 2017 – UN-Habitat in close collaboration the Ministry of Land Affairs through the National Commission on land reform (CONAREF) recently organised a national workshop in Kinshasa on the “elaboration of provincial strategies for improving land governance in the Democratic Republic of Congo”.

The two-day national consultative workshop is one out the outputs of the Community Participatory Land Use Planning project implemented by UN-Habitat in three provinces of the Republic of Congo, namely North Kivu, South Kivu and Ituri.

11 Oct 2017 description

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..

11 Oct 2017 description

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.