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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 11:01
The first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, Wangari Maathai of Kenya, died overnight at a Nairobi hospital. Her organization, the Green Belt Movement, said Wangari had been undergoing cancer treatment. She was 71. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for promoting conservation, women's rights and transparent government. A great champion of the natural and the urban environment, she was... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 10:06
The 12 Bureau Members of the African Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (AMCHUD) are seeking the establishment of a permanent secretariat to be hosted by Kenya. The request was made at a two-day meeting held earlier this month hosted by Morocco's Minister of Housing, Urbanisation and Territorial Planning. Officials said they also discussed a draft constitution and rules of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 10:00
UN-HABITAT and the embassy of Malta this week opened a new water supply and treatment plant to provide clean, affordable drinking water for some 4,000 people living in an informal settlement not far from the agency's global headquarters. Until the plant was opened, the Huruma community had drawn their water supplies from a pipeline running through a forest adjacent to the UN Africa headquarters... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 23, 2011 - 10:36
1. UNEP-SIDA cities in coastal mega-deltas 2. TÉLÉDÉTECTION ET GESTION DES CATASTROPHES NATURELLES : APPLICATIONS À L’ÉTUDE DES INONDATIONS URBAINES DE SAINT LOUIS ET DU RAVINEMENT LIÉ À L’ÉROSION HYDRIQUE À NIORO-DU-RIP (SÉNÉGAL) 3. Strategie Nationale Initiale de mise en oeuvre de la convention cadre des Nations Unies sur le changements climatiques 4. Plan d'action national pour l'adaptation... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 23, 2011 - 06:04
UN-HABITAT, as one of the key partners, participated in the 3rd Asia Pacific Housing Forum and Exhibition (APHF-3) in Bangkok from 7-9 September 2011. More than 700 delegates, from 220 organizations and 35 countries attended APHF-3 co-organized by Habitat for Humanity and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). The Forum gathered participants from governments... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 18:28
Project partners PetroEnergy Resources Corp, Trans-Asia Oil and Energy Development Corp. announce they have signed a energy sales agreement for electricity to be generated from the 20 MW Maibarara geothermal project expected to go online by September 2013. Please read full story below.
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 18:08
When the ‘Back to the Future’ films first hit our screens in the late 1980s, the futuristic predictions of hover cars and virtual trips seemed like they were light years away. But now, thanks to GIS, it seems like a slice of futuristic fantasy is just around the corner. Real-time virtual trips through foreign cities and mountain-top vistas with digital arrows pointing to top restaurants and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 12:47
As is sadly the case in a number of countries in West Africa, war has played a deeply destabilizing role in the development of Liberia. Violent conflict from 1989 to 1996, and again from 1999 to 2003 has left Liberia one of the poorest nations in the world.  That said, the nation is beginning to turn its fate around, and work towards lasting sustainable development. Next month’s election -... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 12:28
This year’s World Habitat Award winners and finalists are together improving the living conditions of more than 1.1 million people around the world, as well as generating sustainable livelihoods, reducing energy consumption, providing access to housing finance and empowering marginalised groups. 1. Community Programme for Neighbourhood Improvement, MEXICO A community initiated neighbourhood... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 11:57
Today, “safer cities” and “cities free of violence” are buzz terms in the development community, accompanied by a growing understanding that urban safety goes beyond the installation of street lights and, instead, requires a holistic approach that includes access to dignified housing, sanitation and health services, and public policies that recognize women’s disproportionate vulnerability to... Read more