• HabPost - Issue 037 (September 9th, 2021)

    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’s hot and news on ESSS 3.0. Don’t miss out!

    But that’s not all. Ourselves being the geeks that we are, we are pleased to present to you a revamped HabPost to better capture the information you like and ease your access to your favorite reads. We hope you find it easier on the eye and continue to read us on a regular basis. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at unhabitat-habpost@un.org for any comments, enquiries, and most importantly contributions — so we can tell the story of the difference you make.

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  • HabPost - Issue 036 (August 5th, 2021)

    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 workers as we often find ourselves unaware of the nitty-gritty of hiring.

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  • HabPost - Issue 035 (July 22nd, 2021)

    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 section have been sending us a lot to share with you these past few months, and we’ll continue to relay their messages and invitations to engage as long as innovation is the hype. Our guess is it’s here to stay.

    Finally, be ready to be back to school with the many learning opportunities availing themselves to you after the summer. Browse the Learning section of this issue to learn more and enroll!

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  • HabPost - Issue 034 (July 8th, 2021)

    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 thought we’d share the latest learning opportunities taking place over the summer, notably to discover new languages and refine our data analytics skills — it can always come in handy!

    Finally, you may be aware that UN-Habitat launched a Donate button on its main site earlier this year. Today, we want to bring your attention to the current fundraising campaign for those most affected by humanitarian crises in the Arab region. More information and links to the donate page down below. Spread the word!

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  • HabPost - Issue 033 (June 24th, 2021)

    This week, HabPost goes to Africa and explores the strategy and answer to COVID-19 of our Regional Office for Africa (ROAf). Read about it in our feature story, which includes links to resources you might find useful in your own work.

    We also continue with our series of information bites on innovation, with the hope that we can all be revolutionary, bold, and able to embrace innovation to meet the challenges of our times — just as Secretary- General António Guterres has encouraged us to do.

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  • HabPost - Issue 032 (June 10th, 2021)

    We’re soon hitting the mid-year mark, and it’s time for the high level mid-term review of the Committee of Permanent Representatives. Coincidence? Very much so. Preparations for the meeting taking place every two years are under way, and some high-level guests might be joining in the event itself, providing our work greater visibility. Keep an eye out for more on this and explore some of the substance that will be discussed at the meeting in this issue of HabPost.
    We’re also pleased to announce that we are morphing the alert section of HabPost to make way for some top news that relate to us as an organization. We start this week exploring where UN-Habitat is mentioned in the news, and we’ll add links to stories and articles relating to the core of our work — our four domains of change — in future issues. Not to worry, we’ll bring back alerts whenever necessary.

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  • HabPost - Issue 031 (May 27th, 2021)

    It is said that there is a time for work and a time for play. At HabPost, we truly believe that it is just as important to work, play, love, pause, reflect, and regenerate. That is why today we mark a pause and dedicate our feature story to mental health. COVID-19 is still very much with us and with it its effects on our well-being.

    It is important to recognize things aren’t as usual, and that it is fine for our own individual answer not to be usual either. To help us cope, our story provides tips and links to resources to better take care of our mind and body.

    Let us all take a step back, breathe, and refocus on the essential.

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  • HabPost - Issue 029 (April 29th, 2021)

    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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  • HabPost - Issue 030 (May 12th, 2021)

    Earlier this year, we took stock of progress a year after the Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10). Looking ahead, we explore in today’s issue the theme of WUF11 and the preparations in the lead-up to the conference. Spoiler alert (if you hadn’t noticed the cover): we have a new, bright, playful logo to help us gather the troops.

    On an unrelated note, tomorrow’s Eild-al-Fitr and this explains why we’re slightly ahead of schedule in getting HabPost to you this week. You’ll find a Talking Head on this topic inviting you to explore different celebrating possibilities during a pandemic.  We also provide a refresher on the Donor Information System so that all colleagues may access the information they need in their quest for donors. Quite the blend!

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  • HabPost - Issue 028 (April 15th, 2021)

    The first session of the Executive Board for the year 2021 took place last week, so we’re condensing the two-day discussions and presentations into a few highlights for you to digest and stay on top of things. If you’re a zealous reader, you can find the full summary of discussions on our website under “Daily Journal”.

    We also looked at the HabPost survey results, and we’re happy to say we’re rolling out success stories as they’re in demand. We encourage all of you to reach out to us at unhabitat-habpost@un.org to contribute stories and share best practice and solutions with everyone around the house!

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