Nairobi, 31 Jan 07
UN-HABITAT’s Executive Director, Mrs.Anna Tibaijuka, on Tuesday escorted the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, through a section of the crowded Kibera slum to give him his first taste of extreme urban poverty in Africa.
, 30 Jan 07
Egypt, one of the first RUSPS countries, has published three of its urban sector profiles for phase 1 of which there are six in total. The published profiles cover the cities of Menouf, Rosetta and Tanta and add ‘basic urban services’ as well as’ ‘local economic development’ as new themes to the existing four.
Nairobi, 29 Jan 07
Hundreds of residents of Homa Bay on Lake Victoria in Western Kenya were treated to a hugely successful music concert on Saturday night by UN-HABITAT Messenger of Truth, Kenyan rap star Gidi Gidi.
Nairobi, 26 Jan 07
UN-HABITAT and the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), in cooperation with the International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) have held a three-day expert group meeting on Transparency in Land administration at the UN headquarters in Nairobi , Kenya on 29-31 January 2007.
Land remains a highly complex and contentious issue, UN-HABITAT said in a statement. “It is a critical element in achieving target 11 of the Millennium Development Goals on “Cities without slums”. It is also a critical element in the wider development agenda. There is a clear and urgent gap between the vast demand for skills in this area, and the capacity to deliver at different levels.
Nairobi, 25 Jan 07
As part of peace building efforts following last year’s clashes in Nairobi’s Mathare slums, UN-HABITAT Executive Director Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka on Thursday held a meeting with the area’s residents to review the reconciliation progress.
Nairobi, 22 Jan 07
Hundreds of delegates to the World Social Forum currently underway in Nairobi, Kenya on Monday converged at the UN-HABITAT headquarters for a special session highlighting the troubles women face worldwide.
Geneva, 19 Jan 07
During a visit to Geneva, Mrs. Tibaijuka held talks on humanitarian coordination with Mr. Markku Niskala, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, his Deputy Mr. Ibrahim Mohamed Osman and the Head of the Shelter Department Mr. Graham Saunders on Friday 19 January.
Geneva, 19 Jan 07
UN-HABITAT’s Executive Director, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, told a meeting of the Group of 77 and China on Thursday that humanity was now living in a new urban era with the majority of people on the planet now living in towns and cities.
Nairobi, 18 Jan 07
This week a blind cyclist will start pedaling all the way from Cairo to Cape Town as a UN-HABITAT goodwill ambassador: “The message I want to tell all those in pain and suffering is that it is possible to pick up the pieces and start life afresh.”