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UN-Habitat and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) partner in cash transfer initiative to cushion Kismayo residents from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

250 households will each receive a total of USD 210 over a three – month period to support their families

UN-Habitat has disbursed the first tranche of direct cash transfers of USD 70 each to 250 vulnerable households in Western Kismayo as part of the COVID-19 response within a larger project funded by the Government of Sweden which addresses youth and urban regeneration in Somalia. The same 250 households will…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Fighting COVID-19 in Africa’s informal settlements

One of the most pressing concerns for Africa is that over half the population (excluding in North Africa) live in overcrowded informal settlements

The COVID-19 pandemic has cost hundreds of thousands of lives in the world’s richest cities but poses an even greater threat to cities in the developing world. There are now more than 150,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus across Africa, in all 54 countries, with South Africa and Egypt the worst…

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High level panel: Partnerships are key to creating innovative, inclusive cities

The four leaders answered questions on urban innovation, partnerships with the private sector, and the role of multilateralism

Two Presidents and two Prime Ministers shared ideas on Innovation in cities in front of a packed audience at the first UN-Habitat Assembly. The High Level panel featured President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, President Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan, Prime Minister Josai Vorege Bainimarama of Fiji, and Prime Minister…

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Highlights for Tuesday, 28 May 2019, UN-Habitat Assembly

Delegates listened to regional and national statements, which focused on efforts to promote the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and sustainable urban development

On Tuesday, the UN-Habitat Assembly continued its deliberations at the UN Office at Nairobi (UNON), Kenya. Delegates listened to regional and national statements, which focused on efforts to promote the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and sustainable urban development. The Drafting Committee commenced its considerations of draft resolutions.  Two special events…

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    • President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenyam the UN-Habitat Executive Director, Maimunah Mohd Sharif, and the newly elected President of the UN-Habitat Assembly Martha Delgado at the unveiling of the new UN-Habitat sign outside the Agency’s headquarters in Nairobi just before the official opening of the first UN-Habitat Assembly© 2019/UNHabitat
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President of Kenya opens first UN-Habitat Assembly

Over 3,000 delegates confirmed to attend the five day event

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta formally opened the first UN-Habitat Assembly in front of a packed audience at the United Nations Office in Nairobi. With over 3,000 delegates confirmed to attend the five day event, the guests at the colourful opening ceremony included representatives of Member States, mayors of cities, representatives…

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Kenya should use UN-Habitat meet to reposition itself in region

It’s very refreshing to host such a high-level gathering of UN agencies

The Assembly is expected to establish the Executive Board of UN-Habitat and elect its members, to review and approve the UN-Habitat strategic Plan 2020-2025. All eyes are on the government not only to accommodate the global gathering but relook at its policies and interventions towards improving the quality of the lives…

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    • Kenya’s Meru County to benefit from UN-Habitat’s finance and economic development
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Kenya’s Meru County to benefit from UN-Habitat’s finance and economic development

The initial focus of this grant will be the implementation of Meru County’s “My Town, my Business” initiative

UN-Habitat has committed to supporting the County Government of Meru in Kenya with a grant for collaboration on Municipal Finance, financed by the Swedish Development Agency SIDA. The initial focus of this grant will be the implementation of Meru County’s “My Town, my Business” initiative, an innovative endeavor to promote…

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UN-Habitat collaboration with Kisumu County Government to strengthen municipal finance and local economic development

This will help prepare Kisumu City to host the Africities 2020 Summit

The County Government of Kisumu, Kenya and UN-Habitat have committed to strengthening their collaboration on initiatives to improve municipal finance, revenue generation and local economic development. UN-Habitat will provide the County Government of Kisumu with a facilitation grant to bolster its revenue base by adopting enhanced municipal finance and revenue collection…

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UN-Habitat and Egypt hold smart cities conference

Egypt is embarking on a slate of ambitious and new, fourth-generation ‘smart’ cities on the cusp of the nation’s Sustainable Development Strategy 2030

UN-Habitat and Egypt held a two-day conference on March 24 and 25 bringing together over 120 experts. “In order to be smart, cities need to be sustainable and inclusive”. This is one of the key messages emerging during the conference organized by UN-Habitat E and co-organized with and the Egyptian Ministry…

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Improved housing doubles in Sub-Saharan Africa

Improved housing had doubled on the African continent between 2000 and 2015

A new study led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Imperial College London and Malaria Atlas Project, University of Oxford has revealed that improved housing had doubled on the African continent between 2000 and 2015. The study published in the “Nature International Journal of Science” is the…