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!
Today’s issue is also packed with information on our work across different parts of the house. Our Success Story... Read more
As referenced in the broadcast by the Acting Chief, OED, on Friday, 1 October, MACS has developed an UN-Habitat Back-to-Office Survey linked here: https://forms.office.com/r/cRRR8JzfT1.
In preparation for return to the workplace, UNON Joint Medical Service carried out a survey in March/April this year to evaluate psychosocial preparedness of the UN staff. All the UN agencies were involved and about 1,000 staff members participated in the study.
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.
And while COVID-19 has kept us away from the office, it may also have introduced anxiety over and disruptions to our financial well-being. UNFCU has made available a webinar to best understand our options... Read more
Masks are essential for stopping the spread of COVID-19 during the pandemic and they have become an everyday accessory. During the course of the work day, a staff member might find that they need to dispose of or switch out a mask for any number of reasons.
These guidelines are issued in furtherance of the broadcast issued by the UNON Director-General on 9 September 2021 as well as the health and safety guidance contained in the other emails below. They describe measures relating to the physical use of the UN Complex as we move to allow up to 60% of staff and other categories of personnel to return to the workplace. We anticipate this phase of our BTO taking effect from Monday, 4 October 2021.
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 desks.
On... Read more
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UNON Joint Medical service (JMS) has been carefully monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Kenya and its work has focused on ensuring the health and well-being of UN personnel and dependents.
All personnel working on the UN Complex are required to report their vaccination status. The information you provide will be subject to validation by the Joint Medical Service (JMS). Validated information will be shared with UNDSS for campus access management and with your respective entity for managing workplace COVID-19 preventive measures.
This Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Operating guideline puts forward a guiding principle on minimum operational ICT services required at UN-Habitat, ICT equipment and application standards, and budgeting for ICT Services at Headquarter, Offices Away from Headquarters (OAHs), and Project Offices.
This third version of UN-Habitat’s Environmental and Social Safeguards system supports the agency’s constant strive to improve on the delivery of our mandate and to achieve our vision of “a better quality of life for all in an urbanizing world”
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... Read more
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We take this opportunity to thank you all for the great response to the call to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The exercise has been running since 23rd March at UNON and has been supported by the UN System and the Kenya Government vaccination drives.
The COVID-19 pandemic is once again showing signs of rapid advancement in Kenya.
The COVID-19 vaccination exercise facilitated by the UN system and the Kenya Government has been on-going for about five months now since it started in March 2021.
The UN Kenya Country Team is expanding the COVID 19 Vaccination exercise to include household members of active UN personnel.
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... Read more
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... Read more
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.
As we enter the summer months, we also... Read more