We have some exciting activities and events taking place in the coming weeks.
The High-Level Meeting on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda will be taking place at a time like this next week. What is it about? Why should you get involved? Find out this and more in the featured story section of this issue. You don’t want to miss it!
In addition, we have the Katowice Energy Innovation Challenge running throughout this month. The challenge offers a great opportunity for start-ups and innovators worldwide to help the city of Katowice transition to clean and renewable... Read more
Last week we held our first 2022 Executive Board Session.
Today, we reflect on the outcomes of the 3-day meeting, highlighting the top things to take note of. Among the outcomes of the session, four decisions were adopted, including the draft work programme and budget for 2023. For a detailed synopsis of the items discussed during the three days, make sure to check out the Daily Journal for Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3.
On other matters, don’t miss the brown bag hard talk on the high-level meeting on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda to be held this month. More details of... Read more
With a few days to go, we are excited for the upcoming first session of the Executive Board for the year 2022, and so should you!
The 3-day session will entail discussions around financial, budgetary and administrative matters, the annual work programme, our normative and operational modalities, and other cross-cutting issues that you do not want to miss.
On money matters, the UN-Habitat Budget Steering Committee (BSC) recommends to the Executive Director how all incomes and expenditures are recorded and structured in a Transparent and effective manner. Find out the... Read more
In today’s issue of HabPost, we unpack the role of the Staff Management Consultative Committee (SMCC) and how it works to set up a better system for negotiating and resolving workplace issues. The SMCC helps ensure that staff rights are protected and that rules and procedures are respected.
In addition, there is a new harmonized and systematic way to track the performance of the urban SDGs and the New Urban Agenda (NUA) using existing urban indices and tools. Find this out in the Did You Know Section.
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Among the many things that changed last year, our approach to vetting projects was probably one of the most salient for UN-Habitat. Find out in this issue what the Programme Review Committee is all about, its underlying principles, and the planned next steps. And for those of you interested and involved in organizing meetings, developing creative content, and writing impactful stories, you will find information on new guidelines including tips and links to resources for a whole-house approach to communication.
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Despite the workplace demographics continuing to shift, our appetite for promoting transformative change in cities and human settlements through knowledge, policy advice, technical assistance and collaborative action has not reduced.
In 2021, 117 projects valued at an estimated USD 305 Million in total were reviewed by the Project Review Committee (PRC). Highlighted in this issue is the new role adopted by the PRC that will help projects continually improve adherence to their intended levels of effectiveness and performance.
By now, we all know that online, seamless,... Read more
Celebrations of the World Habitat Day are now behind us, but not without a bang. The engagement and commitment by many to work together to contribute to a better future where the right to adequate housing is fully realized has never been stronger. Regardless of the pandemic, events were held, and cities and key stakeholders came together
75 years ago, the UN Charter was signed. It would set the stage for years of cooperation towards peace and security, and make the United Nations a catalyst for what we now know as sustainable development.
Urban October 2020 is now behind us. Our offices around the globe have been very active in organizing events, launching initiatives, reaching out to partners, and raising the importance of the themes of World Habitat Day and World Cities Day.
Last month, our Executive Board held its second (virtual) session for the year 2020. Today, we would like to share with you the main outcomes of the discussions with Member States and what to expect for the next session. We also invite you to consult the resources used during the presentations and links to learn more.
We’re almost halfway through September, and this means two things: Urban October is around the corner, and time flies. A lot of us started to work from home in March and have been connecting to meetings and events from home. Urban October and its run-up will be no exception, with many events taking place online.
This week marks a turning point for HabPost. Today’s issue will be the last focusing on COVID-19, and we’ll soon release the first issue of HabPost 2.0. We hope to be able to soon bring you fresh news on the topics you’re interested in (if you’ve missed it, we invite you to check this information in last week’s issue), but we also look forward to hearing from you if you’d like to contribute and share topical content with colleagues.
This is the last issue of the year! 2022 is just around the corner, and many of us will be going home for the holiday season. Yet not everyone is lucky enough to say they can go back to a place called ‘home’. In today’s issue of HabPost, we look at homelessness and the most recent developments at the General Assembly which make our work on the topic stronger than ever.
Two weeks ago, the second session of the Executive Board for the year 2021 ended. Today, we go back to two days of meetings to provide you, in a nutshell, with the top things to remember. Chief amongst these, the approval of the work programme and budget for 2022. For those of you looking for a more comprehensive coverage, we provide links to the Daily Journal for Day 1 and Day 2. This week, we also travel to the Old City of Jerusalem to explore how a historic site has been preserved, rehabilitated, and brought to the 21st century to serve sustainable urban management and enhance the... Read more
Put on your football shoes — we’re taking a detour by the pitch to see just how to leverage the convening power of an international football star. Earlier this year, Blaise Matuidi — a member of the team that won the World Cup for France in 2018 — was appointed UN-Habitat Regional Goodwill Ambassador for Africa. He has since then been active in promoting UN-Habitat’s work and joining hands to improve the lives of families living in informal settlements. Read our feature story to learn more — and get involved
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Happy New Year 2022! We're back after a short break, and we've missed you! We hope you and your loved ones have kept healthy over the winter holidays, and we look forward to sharing again this year the news and information that matter to you as personnel of UNHabitat. In this first issue of HabPost for the year 2022, we hit the ground running following the re-appointment of our Executive Director and paint with broad strokes the picture of our work in the next two years. And as always, we look forward to bouncing ideas off you and similarly encourage you to share your stories to... Read more
How do we measure success? While often a complex question to answer, knowing whether we are successful as an organization in delivering on our mandate is crucial to stay relevant in the international fora. And a few tools exist to help us do just that — chief amongst them, results-basedmanagement (RBM) principles. Today in HabPost, our feature story highlights the reasons why RBM has grown in popularity over the years and why we at UN-Habitat are committed to pursuing this management approach — and the steps we’re taking towards it. Spoiler alert: the keyword here is “outcomes”. And if you... Read more
In today’s issue of HabPost, we embark on the Cities Investment Facility ship to unveil the ins and outs of a truly innovative, multi-stakeholder approach to addressing sustainable urban development. From unwrapping the concept to presenting the team pulling the strings behind the scenes, we invite you to take part in the movement and reach out to cities and communities to make full use of the open call for projects — hurry up, the deadline for submission is 8 November
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This week marks the official move to a new phase in the back-to-office (BTO) plans for colleagues in Kenya. Our feature story is dedicated to our colleagues at Headquarters and provides condensed guidance on the top things they need to know and do in preparation for a staggered return to the UN complex. All links and resources are in one place, so you need not look any further.
On 7 September, we connected for a Town Hall meeting where we discussed the recent results of the survey on racism at UN-Habitat. The results were nothing short of disturbing, and we must do better to be more inclusive and respectful within our organization. Our feature story this week summarizes our pain points and encourages us to look at ourselves, so that we may look after others. A Teams site was created where all work on anti-racism will be stored and discussed — connect to make your voice heard so that the recommendations don’t just accumulate dust on our virtual desk.
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Developments around COVID-19 continue to unfold quickly. The global community has doubled efforts to curb the expansion of the novel virus that has now claimed the lives of thousands and affected the life of millions. We at UNHabitat are not spared by the impact of the epidemic
We’re back after a short summer break and delighted to find our way to your inboxes again. This week, we hit the ground running with a special issue on climate change in anticipation of COP26: our lovely team of climate geeks has put together for us a stove of information on the cool efforts to protect a warming planet. In addition to the feature story on urban climate action and our usual Did You Know bite, we’ve thrown into the mix two success stories — one on Urban-LEDS and the other on climate change and resilience in Jordan — as well as a comprehensive climate calendar to follow what’... Read more
It’s that time of the year when our minds wander off, mentally preparing for a well-deserved break after months of hard labour. Roughly a month after the High-Level Political Forum, we thought we’d bring you highlights from UN-Habitat’s engagement at the Forum, and let our staff voice be heard. Throwback to over a week of debates and reflections on localizing the SDGs and recovering from COVID-19. But before we also slip away for the summer break, we wanted to invite you to take a look at the latest news, job opportunities, and importantly at some of the rules for contracting temporary... Read more
We’re delighted to bring you the second issue of HabPost. Many of you enjoyed last week’s issue — the first step in our initiative to improve information delivery and internal communication at UN-Habitat. We’re happy to receive your feedback and we hope to be able to continue to satisfy your information needs, notably on COVID-19. We will work towards a more inclusive newsletter once most of these needs have been answered.
SDG good practice, blockchain, and learning — this is what we’re bringing you today in this 35th issue of HabPost. We look at four projects from the Regional Office for Arab States (ROAS) and the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC) that have made the cut and landed into UNDESA’s SDG Good Practices database. The database is a stove of information on UN and non-UN entities’ exemplary contributions to the achievement of the SDGs — take a detour! We also take a dive into Blockchain and its application to sustainable urban development. Colleagues from the Innovation... Read more
We’re delighted to bring you another issue of HabPost — and equally delighted to hear that you like what you see. With this third issue, we’re about halfway through our coverage of COVID-19, and we’ll soon embark on an initiative to answer your information needs on the medium to long term.
Last week, the Committee of Permanent Representatives of UN-Habitat — one of our three governing bodies — met for its first open-ended high-level midterm review since the rollout of our new governance structure. Over 300 participants including the President of the United Nations General Assembly, the President of the UN-Habitat Assembly, ministers and ambassadors participated in the meeting. In this issue, we provide a snapshot of what was discussed, the results of the meeting, and other resources for those of you who want to know more.
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