No Sustainable Development Without Sustainable Urbanization, CLOS

UN Under-Secretary-General and UN-Habitat Executive Director, Dr Joan Clos, Colombian Minister for Housing, City and Territory, Luis Felipe Henao Cardona, and the Mayor of Medellín, Aníbal Gaviria have officially opened the public exhibition at the Seventh Session of the World Urban Forum.

Speaking at the inaugural press conference, Dr Clos spoke about the challenges that the world faces as its urban population continues to grow and how Medellín had already achieved a great deal in improving the lives of its inhabitants. Continue reading

Orientation Training on Sustainable Housing for Policy Makers held in Kathmandu

?Kathmandu, March 25, 2014 —   Four day long “Orientation Training on Sustainable Housing for Policy Makers” was inaugurated in capital Kathmandu today with the aim of interacting with the decision makers for promoting Green Homes in Nepal.

The four day long training has been organized by UN-Habitat and its partners for raising awareness   on sustainable housing services and technologies that are currently being practiced at national as  well as international level and also to exchange idea from the European experience of the green  and sustainable technologies.

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Green is not just a colour

Bhushan Tuladhar
Kathmandu

Green is not just a colour; it is an attitude. It is a way you see life, it is a way you live life. And until you realise that, you are not going to go green. All of us do know something about the environment, something about going green, something about composting, have heard about rainwater harvesting, about electric cars and have seen Safa tempos on the street of Kathmandu. Yet many of us tend to do two things; first, we complain about Kathmandu ­ the streets are dusty, the garbage is not picked up, Bagmati stinks et cetra. Then, we start pointing fingers saying if only the mayor would do this, if only the Metropolitan Office would do that, if only our politicians would get their act together.

What am I doing about this city? This is the question you and I should be asking ourselves! Many of us see pollution but ignore solution, whereas both the pollution and solution are in front of our eyes. Continue reading

Conflicted earth

By Raja Ram Chhatkuli

Land ownership

Author discussing Land issuesIssues related to land have existed for centuries around the world, and Nepal is no different. Land issues are frequent topics of discussion as well as trigger of disputes. They are believed to be one of the root causes of the 10-year-long conflict that plagued the country. Most land issues are legacies of history, while some new issues have emerged as a consequence of the conflict. Nepal is now healing itself from the wounds of hostility that destroyed much infrastructure, disrupted many minds, and dislocated many homes and locations. Continue reading

Workshop Held on Retro-maintenance Assessment Toolkits for School and Hospital Safety

Image1Kathmandu, December 18, 2013 — A Workshop on Retro-maintenance Assessment Toolkits for School and Hospital Safety was held in the capital Kathmandu to disseminate the findings of  the Multi-hazards Retro-maintenance Assessment Toolkitsof Schools and Hospitals on Wednesday. The Toolkits for School and Hospital Safety was developed by UN-Habitat in partnership with UNISDR and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to facilitate the assessment of the safety of critical infrastructures, focusing on schools and hospitals in South Asia.

Speaking during the inaugural session, Moria Reddick , Coordinator at Nepal Risk Reduction Consortium  (NRRC) hailed the importance of for the assessment of the schools and hospital buildings. Continue reading

Training of Sustainable Construction materials held in Dharan

December, 6 (Dharan) – As part of Green Homes Nepal project’s capacity building program for urban youth and women with the purpose of green jobs creation under the a 3 day long training of sustainable construction materials was held in Dharan from December 6-8.
The training was jointly conducted by UN-Habitat and Dharan municipality and supported by Nepal Basobas Basti Sanrakshan Samaj, Dharan. Continue reading

Promoting sustainable housing – municipal planning workshop held in Pokhara

November 29, Pokhara — With the aim of raising awareness on sustainable housing among related stakeholders including local people, Small and Medium Enterprises (SME)s as well as the policy makers in the government level, UN-Habitat jointly with Pokhara Sub-metropolitan City (PSMC) and Pokhara Chamber of Commerce (PCCI) organized a one day workshop in Pokhara on Nov 29.

The workshop entitled Promoting Sustainable Housing- Municipal Planning Workshop focused on discussion and preparation of planning to promote and implement and sustainable housing in PSMC. Continue reading