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[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 12, 2012 - 11:21
The City Council of Nairobi and UN-Habitat last week held a four day workshop on revitalizing public spaces within the Kenyan city. The workshop that ran from the 28th February to 2nd March 2012, identified two public spaces, Silanga Community Center in Kibera slums and Jevanjee Gardens in the central business district, as pilots for demonstrating how accessible and inclusive public spaces can... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 12, 2012 - 10:44
*/     Dear Readers Welcome to the first newsletter for the Global Energy Network for Urban Settlements (GENUS) hosted by UN-HABITAT. The network was created to encourage and support the design and implementation of affordable energy projects for the urban poor world-wide. The GENUS is a dynamic partnership of institutions to promote collaboration among the public and private sectors... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 - 12:48
Experts say Vietnam needs to improve its urban planning and management to cope with severe traffic jams.Speaking of the chronic issue on the sidelines of the Vietnam-Japan Urban Development seminar in Hanoi recently, Yoshio Wada, head of the department for economic infrastructure and urban and regional development of Japan, suggested developing satellite cities around core urban areas to ease... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 - 09:24
The strongest space weather storm in five years struck Earth on Thursday, causing some airlines to reroute their flights, threatening power disruptions and sparking a show of the northern lights. NASA and other agencies warned that the storm had the potential to disrupt global positioning systems, satellites and power grids, and had already caused some air carriers to change their planes' polar... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 12:26
President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya on Tuesday officially launched the 382 million US dollars Kibera People Settlement Development project that will result in the construction of 900 housing units. While launching the project, President Kibaki thanked UN-Habitat Executive Director Dr. Joan Clos who was present and his team for their support towards the slum upgrading programme. The project also... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 15:15
This Women’s Day we bust the stupid misconception that women shouldn’t lift weights. Most women (and it’s a myth reinforced by many men too) think that lifting weights will make them bulky and muscular. In women, testosterone is secreted in very small amounts (about 1/100th of the amount secreted by a man). Hence, it is impossible for women to get very muscular like men. The reason female... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 14:56
International Women’s Day is a global celebration of female strength and achievement which also provides the perfect moment to rally for equal rights across the world. And, if you’re in any doubt as to whether we still need such an occasion, it might be worth contemplating a few choice facts. We live on a planet in which women perform 66 per cent of the world’s work and produce 50 per cent of its... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 14:09
UN-Habitat Pakistan in coordination with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) last month organized a two day "National Conference on Learning from Disasters". The main aim of the conference in Islamabad was to bring together government officials, line departments, United Nations agencies, International NGOs, the civil society and other participants who were involved in humanitarian... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 09:41
Over 300 young people from across Zambia and four climate ambassadors from Denmark assembled at Lusaka's Barn Motel for the Zambian Children's Climate Change Conference III (ZCCC3). This is the first time that there has been international participation since inception of the ZCCC in 2010. The youth conference provided an opportunity for young delegates to brainstorm on various approaches that can... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 09:23
Less than two years after it led the development and implementation of the joint AU-ECA-AfDB Climate Information for Development in Africa (ClimDev Africa) Programme, ECA went on to establish the African Climate Policy Centre to enhance the capacity of member States to address the serious and urgent challenges posed by climate change. Since then, it has in collaboration with the AUC, UNEP and... Read more