World Habitat Day 2011: Cities and Climate Change The UN General Assembly designated the first Monday of October of every year as “World Habitat Day”. The idea is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities and the basic right of all, to adequate shelter. The theme “Cities and Climate Change” was chosen this year because climate change is fast becoming the preeminent development challenge... Read more
This publication showcases a range of innovative and sustainable housing and habitat solutions from around the world as the Building and Social Housing Foundation celebrates the 25th anniversary of the World Habitat Awards. The publication features an analysis of key housing trends over the last 25 years, case studies highlighting award-winning practices, details of initiatives to promote the... Read more
The Built Environment Support Group (BESG) launched an innovative street theatre production in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, to celebrate UN World Habitat Day. Called Greener Pastures, the production highlights the impact of global warming and climate change on vulnerable communities. Funded by the National Lottery, the project aims to help local communities worst affected by climate change to... Read more
Mukono Municipal Council, Uganda celebrated World Habitat Day by working on a backlog of untreated garbage on their compost site - a solid waste management facility established with support from World Bank. This was achieved by organizing intensive work with the communities to clear it. The facility stands on a seven acre piece of land and 40 tonnes of manure are produced per week.
The City of Aguascalientes in Mexico on Monday led the global celebration of World Habitat Day 2011 – a year in which the message is about the huge influence of cities on climate change and its impacts on large population centres. "Experts predict that by the year 2050, global population will have increased by 50 per cent from what it was in 1999. Also by that time, scientists say, global... Read more
Mensaje del Director Ejecutivo de ONU-HABITAT y Secretario General Adjunto de las Naciones Unidas, Dr. Joan Clos[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 3, 2011 - 17:18
Cada año, en el Día Mundial del Hábitat, celebrado el primer lunes de octubre, llamamos la atención del mundo sobre algún tema de relevancia en nuestro cada vez más urbanizado planeta. Este año observamos el impacto de las ciudades al crear cambio climático y, por otro lado, las molestias del clima en las ciudades y lo que estas están haciendo sobre esta cuestión. Vivimos en una era en la que... Read more
Updates on UN-HABITAT's latest urban interventions in the Somali region.
A new collaboration between Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership (University of Pretoria) and the think-tank Infrangilis has been lauched to develop and deliver a pan-African executive education programme for public sector managers on the theme of the green economy and sustainable urban development. (For further details please refer to the Workshops section of Infrangilis’ website).
Climate change, simply put change in global weather patterns, is unarguably the biggest environmental issue of our time. Climate change is global in its causes but its consequences are far more reaching in developing countries particularly Nigeria whose biodiversity and ecosystems are already faced with other threats like habitat degradation, ecology-economics mismatch and escalating population... Read more
This year, World Habitat Day falls during the month when demographers predict our planet's seven billionth inhabitant will be born. The future that this child and its generation will inherit depends to a great degree on how we handle the competing pressures of growing population growth, urbanization and climate change. Experts predict that by the year 2050, global population will have increased... Read more