Impassioned pleas for safer, greener cities Vancouver, 22 June 2006 – Mr. Enrique Peñalosa, the former Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, drew a standing ovation at the plenary of the Third Session of the World Urban Forum on Thursday when said cities would save a lot of money if the use of cars was restricted or even banned during peak hours.
UN-HABITAT and ENDA in partnership pact
Vancouver, 19 June 2006 – UN-HABITAT and Environment and Development Action in the Third World (ENDA) Monday signed an agreement of cooperation aimed at assessing the progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) relating to human settlements.
A glittering opening of the Third Session of World Urban Forum Vancouver, 19 June 2006 – The third session of the World Urban opened on Monday with calls to improve the lives of the slum dwellers, and provide better financial and political support to local governments as our planet becomes irreversibly an urban world.
Joachim Chissano nominated as UN HABITAT Youth Ambassador Vancouver, 18 June 2006 – UN-HABITAT`s Executive Director, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, on Sunday appointed former Mozambique President, Mr. Joachim Chissano, as the agency's Youth Ambassador to ensure that the concerns of young people remain high on the international agenda.
NGOs demand greater involvement with UN bodies Nairobi, 7 June 2007 - A landmark meeting of non-governmental and civil society organisations closed in Nairobi on Tuesday with calls for greater involvement of non-governmental and civil society organizations within the United Nations system as they seek to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
UN-HABITAT and Action Aid sign cooperation agreement Nairobi, 29 May 2006 - UN-HABITAT and the international development agency Action Aid last Friday signed a comprehensive cooperation agreement which will see the two organisations collaborate in wide ranging areas of mutual concern.
Slum dwellers and governments in landmark meeting on low-cost housing Cape Town, 25 May 2006 — At the behest of the recently concluded African Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (AMCHUD), homeless people and slum dwellers from around the world gathered in Cape Town last week to engage governments in talks to improve their plight.
Tibaijuka pleads for energy for the urban poor New York, 16 May 2006 — UN-HABITAT’s Executive Director, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka said in a statement to the fourteenth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development in New York that poor people living in towns and cities around the world had benefited very little from conventional energy policies, with an estimated 2 billion forced to cut down trees and use other traditional fuels for cooking because they had no electricity.
Professor John Friedmann wins first ‘UN-HABITAT Lecture’ award Nairobi, 15 May 2006 - Professor John Friedmann has won the first United Nations Human Settlements Lecture award. The recently launched UN-HABITAT Lecture series is organized through the Global Research Network on Human Settlements (HS-Net), an international board that advises UN-HABITAT on its Global Report on Human Settlements.
Pomp and dance mark a Hip Hop MDG event Nairobi 2 May 2006 - All roads in Nairobi last Saturday led to the African Cultural Research and Education Foundation (ACREF) centre in Baba Dogo estate where a unique hip hop concert aimed at educating Kenyan youth on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) was held.
New Malaysian and Spanish envoys to UN-HABITAT Nairobi, 2 May 2006 - Two new Permanent Representatives to UN-HABITAT, Mr. Selwyn Das of Malaysia, and Mr. Nicolas Martin Cinto of Spain, last week presented their credentials to the UN-HABITAT Executive Director Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka.
Chinese President Hu visits UN headquarters in Africaa Nairobi, 28 April 2006 - Chinese President Hu Jintao on Friday visited the United Nations Headquarters in Nairobi during a state visit to Kenya marking the last leg of a five-nation tour to the United States, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and Nigeria.
Helping young people in slums tell their story to the world Nairobi 25 April 2006 - A collection of photographs taken by teenagers given cameras and assigned to document their lives in the crowded Nairobi slum of Mathari will go on display at the third session of UN-HABITAT’s World Urban Forum in Vancouver in June as part of a novel, internationally sponsored project to reflect the concerns of young people and inspire their peers.
Madagascar launches new drive to upgrade urban settlements Antananarivo, 20 April 2006 – Prime Minister Jacques Sylla of Madagascar has launched a national programme to upgrade informal settlements and prepare sound urban development with the support of UN-HABITAT and the United Nations Development Programme.
UN-HABITAT teams up with India for better water and sanitation Ahmedabad, India, 4 April 2006 - A two-day roundtable meeting between UN-HABITAT and the Centre for Environment Education in India concluded in Ahmedabad last week with calls for greater cooperation between the two institutions in the area of sanitation.
UN-HABITAT and Russia sign new cooperation agreement
Nairobi, 11 April 2006 – UN-HABITAT and the Russian Federation signed a new cooperation agreement on Tuesday aimed at achieving sustainable development of human settlements, implementing the Habitat Agenda and meeting the relevant Millennium Development Goals.
Rwandan Genocide Commemorated
Nairobi, 7 April 2006 – The United Nations community on Friday marked the 12th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide with calls for strict surveillance so that such an act is never repeated.
A new agenda to tackle urban poverty in Africa Nairobi, 4 April 2006 – Resolving to place their urban poverty crisis at the top of the national and international policy making agenda, African ministers responsible for housing and urban development on Tuesday discussed a 10-point game plan designed to reduce urban poverty, defuse potential social unrest, and reverse the perception that governments are not doing enough, quickly enough.
UN-HABITAT launches its second global report on water and sanitation Mexico City, 27 March 2006 - UN-HABITAT Executive Director Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka on Sunday launched the agency's second Global Report on Water and Sanitation with a warning that the projected increase of urban dwellers will have far reaching implications on water and sanitation provision and efforts must be stepped up to meet this challenge.
UN-HABITAT bestows Special Citation on King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden Stockholm, 27 March 2006 – Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, on Monday presented King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden with a Special Citation in this year’s UN-HABITAT Scroll of Honour Award for “his tireless campaigning to promote an environmentally sustainable human habitat
Major new funding for water and sanitation in African cities Mexico City, 23 March 2006 –UN-HABITAT and the African Development Bank (ADB) have signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding to improve urban water and sanitation in African cities in coming years with Bank funding worth 500 million US dollars.
New German envoy presents credentials Nairobi, 20 March 2006 – Germany’s new Permanent Representative to UN-HABITAT, Mr. Walter Johannes Lindner, last week presented his credentials to the Executive Director, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka.
Safer Nairobi convention kicks off Nairobi, 14 March 2006 - The second City Residents Convention aimed at seeking solutions to the problem of insecurity in Nairobi kicked off on Monday with calls for greater participation from leaders and citizenry in enhancing safety.
New housing project in Chad
N’djamena 13 March 2006 - The Government of Chad, with the support of UNDP and UN-HABITAT officially launched a housing programme last week aimed at improving the shelter and living conditions of urban poor.
Mrs. Tibaijuka campaigns for more women friendly legislation Nairobi, 8 March 2006 - As the world marked International Women’s Day, UN-HABITAT Executive Director Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka hailed the achievements made by womenfolk but called for a thought for those in the developing countries’ cities without access to basic services or adequate shelter.
Tanzania hails Mrs. Tibaijuka’s leadership NAIROBI, 6 March 2006 – The United Republic of Tanzania says it was proud of the achievements made by UN-HABITAT in recent years especially under the leadership of Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka as the Executive Director.
UN-HABITAT contractor murdered in Afghanistan NAIROBI, 6 March 2006 – Mohammed Hashim, an Afghan national on contract with UN-HABITAT was brutally murdered on 4 March 2006 while undertaking a routine monitoring visit in Farah Province in western Afghanistan. The engineer, was reportedly stopped by armed men, dragged from his vehicle and summarily shot.
Conquering robbers and hate through mountain climbing Marangu, Tanzania 3 March 2006 – About three years ago Tim Challen was airlifted from Nairobi for specialized treatment in Europe facing the prospect of having a leg amputated. The victim of an armed robbery attempt gone awry, this week, he led an international expedition up Mount Kilimanjaro and returned safely.
Better conservation for Africa’s highest mountain Moshi, Tanzania, 1 March 2006 –On a working tour of Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro region, UN-HABITAT Executive Director Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka at the weekend called on local officials and community groups to double efforts conservation efforts for Africa’s highest mountain.
Mrs. Tibaijuka says Master Plans key to sustainable urbanisation Moshi, Tanzania, 1 March 2006 –The urbanisation crisis facing many countries, especially in Africa, can be effectively tackled if towns and cities stuck to detailed master plans, UN-HABITAT Executive Director Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka told a group of Tanzanian experts.
Climbing Africa’s highest peak to promote safer cities MOSHI, Tanzania, 28 February 2006 – A young Briton wounded in shooting in an armed robbery in Nairobi two years ago, took the first steps up Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, at the weekend to publicise the need to engage young people in crime prevention.
Mrs. Tibaijuka calls for stronger UN-HABITAT ties with ACP Brussels, 20 February 2006 – UN-HABITAT Executive Director Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka says that the partnership between the agency and the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of countries was vital and called for strengthening of those ties.
European Commission joins UN-HABITAT to promote sustainable cities Brussels, 17 February 2006—The executive commission of the European Union and UN-HABITAT this week signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen the research relationship between the two organisations with the aim of promoting sustainable cities as urban populations around the world grow at unprecedented rates.
UNACLA celebrates 5th birthday Washington, 15 February 2006— Mayors and senior city officials from around the world celebrated the 5th anniversary of the United Nations Advisory Committee of Local Authorities (UNACLA) with renewed calls for decentralisation of power to ensure better service delivery at the community level.
Cities must be managed better in battle against global warming Dubai, 9 February 2006 – UN-HABITAT Executive Director Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka on Tuesday made an urgent call for immediate action to address the opportunities and challenges of a rapidly urbanizing and globalizing world. Her remarks were made in an impassioned speech to world environment ministers at the Ninth Special Session of the Governing Council and Global Ministerial Forum of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).
United Arab Emirates to build 1,000 homes for Sri Lanka tsunami victims Colombo, 27 January 2006 – The Red Crescent Society of the United Arab Emirates this week signed two agreements with UN-HABITAT to provide funding for the construction of 1,000 houses in areas of Galle, Trincomalee, Ampara and Kattankudy devastated by the December 2004 tsunami killer wave. The agreements were signed by Mr. Abdullah Al-Mahmood of Red Crescent Society, UAE and Mr. Lalith Lankatillake, Regional Advisor of UN-HABITAT.
Remembering the Holocaust Nairobi, 27 January 2006 — United Nations staff, members of the diplomatic community and hundreds of school children on Friday gathered in a solemn candle lighting ceremony to mark the first ever International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.
A new Arab League Representative to UN-HABITAT Nairobi, 27 January 2006 – The new Permanent Representative of the League of Arab States to UN-HABITAT, Mr. Salim Mohammed Al-Khussaibi, on Thursday presented his credentials to the Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka.
UN-HABITAT’s Deputy Executive Director receives Francophone ambassadors Nairobi, 27 January 2006 – UN-HABITAT’s Deputy Executive Director, Ms. Inga Bjork-Klevby, on Thursday received ambassadors from Francophone countries to reassure them that the agency was doing all it could to take French language considerations into account at its major meetings like the forthcoming Third Session of the World Urban Forum in Vancouver, Canada.
UN-HABITAT calls for stricter building regulations in wake of Nairobi disaster Nairobi, 26 January 2006— UN-HABITAT ‘s Executive Director, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, on Wednesday called on city authorities in the Kenyan capital to suspend all ongoing multi-storey building work until better inspection measures are enforced. Her comments were made during a visit to the ruins of a building that collapsed this week claiming at least 14 lives, and leaving more than 100 injured with an unknown number of people still unaccounted for.
Social Housing competitions launched in Serbia and Montenegro Belgrade, 24 January 2006 – UN-HABITAT, the Ministry for Capital Investments and the Union of Architects in Serbia has successfully launched a series of competitions in local cities for new social housing designs aimed and consolidating reforms in the housing sector.
Kathmandu, 19 January, 2006 – More than 100 people this week discussed ways of devising a new national strategy to harvest rainwater in towns and settlements in the Kathmandu Valley and other parts of Nepal.
Belgrade, 17 January 2006 – UN-HABITAT has received 8.5 million dollars from the Italian Government for a social and housing integration programme for tens of thousands of war refugees and other vulnerable people in Serbia.
Brussels, 16 January 2006 – UN-HABITAT and the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe signed a co-operation agreement this week paving the way for improving urban development and social housing in southeast Europe.
Cairo, 16 January 2006 – Delegates at an Arab cities meeting held in Cairo last month agreed to promote UN-HABITAT’s campaigns for secure tenure and good urban governance and stressed the need for land strategies for the region.
Nairobi, 5 January 2006— “As 2005, the year of Africa concludes successfully, it is important not only to celebrate the many achievements of the Commission for Africa, in highlighting the problems and possibilities of Africa, but also to remember that 2006 is the year of implementation of the recommendations put forward by the Commissioners,” said Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, the Executive Director of UN-HABITAT and one of the Commissioners for Africa who advised Prime Minister Tony Blair on policies to improve the situation on the continent.
Galle, Sri Lanka 21 December 2005—The German chemical company BASF is working with UN-HABITAT in Sri Lanka and India in its continuing support to the tsunami devastated communities bordering the Indian Ocean
Pristina, 14 December 2005 – UN-HABITAT is launching a new Municipal Spatial Planning Support Programme in Kosovo to help improve the standard of living in secondary towns and cities and bring them into line with modern European and international standards
Nairobi, 15 December 2005 – Within the framework of the UN Consolidated Appeals Process, UN-HABITAT today called a donor consultation to raise funds for shelter recovery to aid those who have been evicted from their homes in Zimbabwe and the survivors of the Pakistani earthquake.
Nairobi, 13 December 2005 – The Permanent Representatives of the Russian Federation and the Slovak Republic to UN-HABITAT have pledged more support for the agency in meetings at which they presented their credentials to the Executive Director Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka.
New envoys from Norway and Belgium
Nairobi, 8 December 2005 Fukuoka, 16 November 2005 – The new Permanent Representatives of Norway and Belgium presented their
credentials to the Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka on 29
November. They are Ms. Elisabeth Jacobsen of Norway and Ms. Cristina
Funes-Noppen of Belgium.
Cha Am, Thailand, 7 December 2005 — UN-HABITAT and its partners held a three-day conference to help senior officials in Southeast Asia gain a better understanding of the agency’s Water for Asian Cities Programme and the idea of bringing the concepts of water conservation, sanitation and hygiene into school classrooms across the region.
Nairobi, 7 November 2005 – A five-member Norwegian delegation led by Mr. Jostein Leiro, Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Tuesday concluded a two-day annual meeting with the Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, and other officials on progress in the agency’s work programme.
Nairobi, 5 December 2005 — From internet cafes in the slums of Nairobi, New Delhi and Lima to flashy office blocks in Europe and north America, thousands of people from around the world at the weekend beamed into the Habitat Jam for a global internet discussion of urban problems aimed at bringing fresh ideas from ordinary people to leaders and experts preparing for the third session of UN-HABITAT’s World Urban Forum in Vancouver next June.
Kabul, 22 November 2005 —The director of UN-HABITAT’s Regional Office for Asia Pacific, Mr. Madhab Mathema on Monday told a news conference in Kabul that UN-HABITAT was forging ahead with a new human security project aimed at upgrading informal settlements in the three Afghan cities of Kandahar, Mazar, and Jalalabad.
Tunis, 18 November 2005 Governments meeting at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) agreed
on a range of measures to give poor communities around the world better access
to information networks and computer technology.
Fukuoka, 16 November 2005 – UN-HABITAT Executive Director Mrs. Tibaijuka, visited Genkai Island off Fukuoka to see at first-hand the damage wrought by an earthquake on 20 March this year and to take stock of reconstruction efforts.
Kampala, 16 November, 2005 – Representatives from banks, finance, land and housing ministries from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda gathered in Kampala with American and UN officials for the first regional meeting devoted to promoting innovative financing for affordable housing.
Rabat, 14 November 2005 – Over 170 legislators from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America attending the Fifth Global Parliamentarians on Habitat Forum in Morocco last week adopted the Rabat Declaration advocating debt relief to help finance housing and urban infrastructure.
Nanning, 11 November 2005 – UN-HABITAT Executive Director Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka on Friday addressed the International Conference on Sustainable Urban Development with a call for better welfare as a means to achieving sustainable urban development.
Nairobi, 11 November 2005 – In a lead-up to the third session of the World Urban Forum (WUF), to be held in Vancouver, Canada, in June 2006, UN-HABITAT, in collaboration with IBM and the Canadian Government is holding what it hopes will be the world's biggest Internet discussion to date from 1-3 December 2005.
Johannesburg, 9 November 2005 – Shouting their message in full volume to more than 500 participants at the first African Hip-Hop Summit in Newtown, Johannesburg, leading Hip-Hop artists from around the world teamed up with UN-HABITAT last month to help give young people a voice in their affairs.
Nairobi, 7 November 2005 – The Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, on Monday received the credentials of the Permanent Representative of the European Commission to UN-HABITAT, Mr. Eric Jacob van der Linden.
Stockholm, 3 November 2005 – The Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, and the Managing Director of the Swedish Cooperative Centre (SCC) in Stockholm, Mr. Lennart Hjalmarson, have agreed to start a new collaboration aimed at helping developing countries promote security of tenure, better housing and service provision for poor people.
Nairobi, 3 November 2005 – Some 31 students from Kenyan and Swedish universities on Thursday held a one-day exhibition at UN-HABITAT’s Nairobi headquarters showcasing their work towards addressing sustainable urban development.
Geneva, 2 November 2005 – The International Platform on Sustainable Urban Development, has adopted the “Geneva Declaration for a viable future in cities” with the objective of creating a world solidarity network for better human settlements.
New York, 1 November 2005 – UN-HABITAT Executive Director Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka on Tuesday addressed the second committee of the sixtieth General Assembly of the United Nations, introducing the Secretary General’s report on the implementation of the outcome of the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) and strengthening of the agency.
Cologne, 2 November 2005 – UN-HABITAT is teaming up with the International Association of Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) to push for more parks, sports facilities and urban recreational spaces in towns and cities around the world.
New York, 26 October 2005 – Even as United Nations relief operations focus sharply on aiding millions of survivors affected by this month’s devastating earthquake in Pakistan, the world body’s agencies are pressing on with their efforts to help rehabilitate the vast region ravaged by last December’s Indian Ocean tsunami.
Maldives, 25 October 2005 – Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN-HABITAT this week visited Maldives where UNDP and UN-HABITAT are jointly rebuilding homes on 58 islands in the Indian Ocean archipelago devastated by last December’s tsunami.
New York, 20 October 2005 – Secretary-General Kofi Annan today announced the appointment of Swedish Ambassador Inga Björk-Klevby as Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) in Nairobi, Kenya.
Nairobi, 17 October 2005 – The Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, last week received credentials from two new envoys to the organization, the Permanent Representative of Denmark, Mr. Bo Jensen, and the Permanent Representative of Bangladesh, Mr. Syeed Ahmed.
Nairobi, 11 October 2005 – Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, this week offered the agency’s immediate support with emergency relief and recovery following a massive earthquake in Kashmir on Saturday that claimed more than 33,000 lives.
Nairobi, 11 October 2005 – Norway will grant UN-HABITAT’s Water and Sanitation Trust Fund nearly US$ 7 million in 2005 to help alleviate the water and sanitation crisis confronting millions of slum dwellers across Africa and Asia.
Nairobi, 10 October 2005 – A delegation from Iran consisting of government officials and representatives of the International Art and Architecture Research Association (IAARA) visited UN-HABITAT headquarters on Friday and met the Executive Director, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka.
Athi River, 4 October 2005 — It was pomp and glamour as dances, poem recitals and performance by a local television drama group took the centre stage during the World Habitat Day national celebrations held at Athi River, a satellite town near the Kenyan capital Nairobi.
Jakarta, October 3, 2005 – World Habitat Day was celebrated in towns and cities around the world on Monday at ceremonies, seminars and meetings attended by many government and local authority representatives to reflect on the state of human settlements, especially the living conditions of the urban poor and their basic right to adequate shelter.
Jakarta, 30 September, 2005 - The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October each year as World Habitat Day to reflect on the state of human settlements, especially the living conditions of the urban poor and their basic right to adequate shelter.
Nevsehir, Turkey, 26 September 2005 – Hundreds of delegates representing local authorities from around the world, governments, NGOs and academic experts gathered in Nevsehir this week to discuss peace and social integration in human settlements.
Nairobi, 27 September 2005 – Delegates from across east, central and southern Africa on Friday concluded a two-day UN-HABITAT workshop on providing the poor with decent, liveable housing through the Cities Without Slums Programme.
Nairobi, 22 September 2005 – Some 80 delegates from east, central and southern Africa gathered at UN-HABITAT headquarters in Nairobi on Thursday for a two-day meeting on the Cities Without Slums Programme.
Kathmandu, 22 September 2005 – A new movie explaining the importance of urban water conservation based on a love story has been aired to a nationwide television audience in Nepal as part of a campaign to help broaden public understanding of clean water and sanitation.
Weihai, 19 September 2005– Thousands of people both from China and abroad at the weekend thronged the opening of the Second Weihai International Habitat Festival, aimed at promoting the exchange of ideas on improving the living environment.
New York, 19 September 2005 – World leaders at the United Nations World Summit resolved to achieve significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers by 2020 and recognized the urgent need for increased resources for affordable housing and housing-related infrastructure.
New York, 16 September 2005 – UN-HABITAT experts told officials gathered for the world summit in New York this week how innovative new financing mechanisms could have a major impact in reducing urban poverty and improving the lives of slum dwellers.
New York, 16 September 2005 – In the lead-up to the UN World Summit in New York, UN-HABITAT participated in a public symposium on “The Millennium Development Goals and the City” – the theme of World Habitat Day on Monday 3, October.
New York, 14 September 2005 – The 2005 World Summit, the largest gathering ever of international leaders, opened at United Nations Headquarters in New York today with a warning from Secretary-General Kofi Annan that “millions of lives and the hopes of billions” rest on fulfilling the pledges contained in the meeting’s outcome document.
London, 12 September 2005 – By the year 2030, an additional 3 billion people making up about 40 percent of the global population will need housing, according to UN-HABITAT’s latest flagship report released on Monday, Financing Urban Shelter: Global Report on Human Settlements 2005.
New York, 9 September 2005 – UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan told a gathering of world mayors and other city officials on Thursday that over the next 30 years virtually all of the world’s population growth would occur in the urban areas of low and middle-income countries.
Nairobi, 9 September 2005
– UN-HABITAT’s Executive Director, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, this week expressed appreciation to the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for its support for the organization.
Malé, Maldives, 15 August 2005
– The Government of Maldives on Monday launched a project financed by the Government of China that will provide half a million US dollars worth of aid to two remote islands in the Maldives that were devastated by last year’s tsunami.
New York, 27 July 2005 – The United Nations Special Envoy on housing evictions in Zimbabwe, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, today briefed the Security Council on her two-week visit to the southern African country where the demolition of housing and markets have left some 700,000 people without homes or businesses.
Bangkok, July 27 2005 -
– UN-HABITAT and UNDP have signed an agreement to support local government organizations in participatory rehabilitation planning in areas of Thailand hit by last December’s tsunami killer wave.
New York, 25 July 2005 -
UN Special Envoy and Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka presented her report to the Secretary General on Friday with calls to the Government of Zimbabwe to stop the demolition of homes and markets, pay reparations to those who have lost housing and livelihoods and punish those who, “with indifference to human suffering,” carried out the evictions of some 700,000 people.
Nairobi, 21 July 2005 -
UN-HABITAT and UNICEF have announced a major project to provide shelter for over 2,400 people living in the tsunami-affected town of Hafun, North Eastern Somalia. Under a recently-signed agreement, a 12-month project, slated to begin next month and worth just over USD 1.35 million,
New York, 20 July 2005 – A UN report on the humanitarian aspects of a demolition and eviction campaign in Zimbabwe that rendered hundreds of thousands homeless and unable to earn a living has been sent to the Government of Zimbabwe for its consideration, a United Nations spokesperson said.
Nairobi, 18 July 2005 – The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security have announced that they will provide over 3 million US dollars towards upgrading homes and urban community facilities in informal settlements in the three Afghan cities of Kandahar, Mazar-e-Sharif and Jalalabad.