Bujumbura,  15 April 2019 – Ahead of the inception meeting of International Urbanization Experts to discuss elaboration of Urban Model Law meeting in Nairobi, Kenya on the 30 and 31 July 2018, the steering committee met to discuss the modalities of the model law and specifically the Terms of Reference for the consultant. The steering
In Summary • The Assembly is expected to establish the Executive Board of UN-Habitat and elect its members, to review and approve the UN-Habitat strategic Plan 2020-2025 •  All eyes are on the government not only to accommodate the global gathering but re look at its policies and interventions towards improving the quality of the
Nairobi, 11 April 2019—A meeting bringing together scientists and built environment specialists has been told that Africa had 200 million malaria cases and 403,000 deaths from the same in 2017. This means that Africa accounted for 92% of the global malaria cases and 93% of malaria deaths, the meeting was further informed. The two day
Katmandu, 28 March 2019 – Following years of collaboration between the Government of Nepal, the Global Land Tools Network (GLTN) and all its partners, and in close consultation with experts, communities and other stakeholders, the Government of Nepal has adopted the National Land Policy 2019.  “It is a milestone in addressing long-standing problems such as
The Cities and Climate Change Science Conference (co-sponsored by Cities Alliance, C-40, Future Earth, ICLEI, Local Governments for Sustainability, SDSN, UCLG, UN-Habitat, UNEnvironment and WCRP) took place in Edmonton, Canada in March 2018. It brought together practitioners, policy makers and scientists to develop a global research agenda for “advancing the science we need for the
Songdo, Republic of South Korea 10 April 2019—  UN-Habitat is using the ongoing National Adaptation Plans  (NAP) Expo in South Kora to promote a new guide it has developed. The NAP Expo format provides the opportunity for UN-Habitat to present its newest guide on Addressing Urban and Human Settlement Issues in National Adaptation Plans and to gauge interest
Johannesburg 10 April 2019—The first ever Urban Law Day in the Global South was recently held in South Africa, an initiative of UN-Habitat and Wits University. Wits School of Law’s Chalsty Centre played host to the event which had the theme “Law, the New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Cities”. “Urban law” is a broad term
Nairobi, April 9, 2019 – UN-Habitat has committed to supporting the County Government of Meru in Kenya with a grant for collaboration on Municipal Finance, financed by the Swedish Development Agency SIDA. The initial focus of this grant will be the implementation of Meru County’s “My Town, my Business” initiative, an innovative endeavor to promote proactive
Collaboration between national statistics offices, city authorities, research institutions, civil society organizations and communities offer the best combination of actors for effective and efficient urban monitoring. In addition, all urban monitoring efforts should be directly aligned with decision making processes, so as to ensure development decisions are based on the prevailing local needs as informed
Nairobi, 8 April 2019 — Over 30 policy makers drawn from Kenya’s various counties recently met in Nairobi where they agreed to promote spatial planning at the county level. The participants who are chairpersons of Land and Physical Planning Committees said they would do this by way of stronger advocacy at the county assemblies and