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close this bookHabitat Debate - Vol. 4 - No. 3 - 1998 - Urban Finance (HABITAT, 1998, 61 p.)
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A Garden of Remembrance for Bomb Blast Victims

Mr. Klaus Toepfer, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) and Acting Executive Director of UNCHS (Habitat), announced that a garden of trees will be planted at the UN Nairobi compound in remembrance of the 253 people who lost their lives in the bomb blast that occurred in the Kenyan capital on 7 August 1998. The assistance of local experts will be enlisted in creating a garden planted with trees indigenous to Kenya.

“This tragedy will long be remembered, not only by Kenyans but by all of us who live and work among you”, Mr. Toepfer said.

The site of the bomb blast in Nairobi.

© Rasna Warah

In an earlier correspondence sent to the Governments and peoples of Kenya and the United States of America, Mr. Toepfer had expressed outrage and condemnation of the terrorist act which resulted in the loss of life of innocent men and women in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam.

“My heart goes out to the many bereaved families who have lost loved ones and to the thousands who have been injured”, said Mr. Toepfer. “Those pictures of suffering and pain will not easily be erased from our memories. But as these trees grow we hope that they will remind us of our common human bond and our need to live in peace and harmony with one another”.

Helping with the re building which lies ahead, UNCHS (Habitat) was quick to offer its support in the major task of recovering from the bomb blast through its Disaster Management Programme (DMP). DMP is a global programme which specialises in making cities safer before disaster strikes as well as helping them rebuild following a major disaster or war.

DMP is currently assisting in the preparation of a needs assessment with the Kenyan Government and the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP). Technical support has been offered in two areas. The first area is in the repair and reconstruction of buildings and infrastructure. Advice has been provided to develop an action which will allow for the cost-effective repair of the buildings which minimises the disruptions to the occupants of the building.

The second area is in Disaster Management capacity building for government agencies. A strategy is being formulated so that lessons can be learnt from the disaster and plans developed to improve coordination between relevant government, NGO and UN agencies.

For further information, please contact:

John Hogan, Training Specialist
Disaster Management Programme
Technical Cooperation Division
UNCHS (Habitat)
P.O. Box 30030, Nairobi, Kenya.
Tel: (254+2) 62 31 85/62 31 82
Fax: (254+2) 62 42 63

Regional Conference on Partnership

A Regional Conference on Partnership and Enablement as Basis for Sustainable Urban Development was held in Cairo, Egypt from 22 to 25 June 1998. The Conference was attended by over 100 participants from 12 Arab States and 7 Regional Organizations: Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Qatar, Morocco, Egypt, Yemen and Saudi Arabia. In addition to representatives from the League of Arab States, Arab Town Organization, AUDI, the Organization of Islamic Capitals and Cities, CEDARE and UNEP Regional Office for West Asia, UNESCO, UNDP and UNCHS Regional Information Office for Arab States.

The Conference held seven working sessions including three plenary sessions where the following topics were discussed: Partnership and enablement mechanisms to achieve sustainable Urban Development; the effect of partnership in reducing urban poverty and activating the role of the civic society in enhancing the living environment. The other special sessions dealt with: information exchange and complementarity among Arab Capitals, and the role of a central national agency in urban planning.

During the sessions, many empirical experiences from Arab Countries were presented. Two specialized sessions were conducted on two topics: Water, the City and Urban Planning; and Urban Waste Recycling. These two sessions were co-sponsored and conducted by UNESCO Cairo Office and UNEP/West Asia Office respectively.

For more information, please contact:

Ali Shabou
Regional Information Office for Arab States, UNCHS (Habitat)
P.O. Box 35286, Amman, Jordan
Tel: (962-6) 566 8171 or (962-6) 567 3018
Fax: (962-6) 566 8177

Latvian Training Manuals

The Local Government Training Centre of Latvia (LPMC), associated with the Union of Self-Government of Latvia and with the major City and Regional Councils of the country, has recently translatedx 27 manuals/handbooks of the UNCHS (Habitat) Training and Capacity Building Section (TCBS) in the Latvian language. They include: a series of twelve handbooks and trainers' guide, on leadership and management skills for local government elected officials; twelve workbooks, one for each handbook of the series; “Guide to Managing Change for Urban Managers and Trainers” and “Guide for Designing Human Settlements Training Programmes.” The manuals are used by LPMC, and by its Regional Branches, for a broad national training programme.

The Training and Capacity Building Section, through its Local Leadership and Management Training Programme, has been collaborating with the LPMC since its creation in 1993, and Latvian trainers associated with the LPMC have participated in the TCBS Training of Trainers Courses, based on UNCHS manuals, held in English in Romania and in Russian in Ukraine.

Similar collaboration of the Training and Capacity Building Section with partners in other Central and East European coutries has resulted in publication of national language versions of UNCHS manuals and handbooks in Czech, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, Russian and Slovakian and in the national training programmes in those and in several other countries.

Manuals have also been translated, adapted and disseminated in Spanish in Latin America. The French language version is available on the home page of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. A Swahili version in Kenya is currently being printed. Arabic language adaptation and several versions in South Asian languages are in preparation.

For further information, please contact:

Tomasz Sudra
Chief, Training and Capacity-Building Section, RDD
United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat)
P.O.Box 30030, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: (GMT+3): 254-2-623034
Fax: 254-2-624265
Web site: http//

Habitat Scroll of Honour Recipients 1998

The United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat) is pleased to announce the names of the institutions and individuals who received this year's Habitat Scroll of Honour. They are:

· PROGRAMA DE MOBILIZAC DE COMUNIDADES, Brazil, a successful partnership initiative between the State Government of Minas Gerais, local communities and social volunteers to improve housing and the living environment in peri-urban and rural settlements among low-income families.

· FU-NAN RIVER COMPREHENSIVE REVITALIZATION PROJECT - Chengdu, China, a comprehensive revitalization project which improved the physical environment of Chengdu, on the banks of the Fun Nan River.

· MAYOR MU SUIXIN, Mayor of Shenyang, China, who has been instrumental in coordinating and implementing the UNCHS (Habitat)-supported Sustainable Shenyang Project (SSP), which has introduced innovative cross-sectoral and participatory forms of urban environmental planning and management.

· FORUM EUROPN POUR LA SURITURBAINE (European Forum for Urban Security), which has brought together a network of more than 150 European cities wishing to bring about democratic responses to urban insecurity.

· Prof. AKIN L. MABOGUNJE, the Executive Chairman of the Development Policy Centre, Ibadan, Nigeria, who has made major intellectual contributions to urban development in Africa.

· VLADIMIR A. KUDRYAVTSEV, Russia, for his professional, public, scientific and educational contributions to human settlements developments and management as Vice-Chairman of the Russian Guild of Realtors and President of the “Housing Initiative Corporation” of the Russian Federation. He has published over 60 issues.

· ASSOCIATION DES HABITANTS D'EL MOUROUJ 2, Tunisia, one of the most active NGOs in the field of urban environmental protection in Tunisia.


In 1999, Habitat Debate will focus on the following themes:

Vol. 5 No. 1
Rural-Urban Synergy
Deadline for submission of articles
31 January 1999

Vol. 5 No. 2
Globalization: Cities in the Third Millennium
Deadline for submission of articles
30 April 1999

Vol. 5 No. 3
Urban Governance: Focus on Decentralization
Deadline for submission of articles
31 July 1999

Vol. 5 No. 4
City Architecture and Construction
Deadline for submission of articles
30 October 1999

Contributors who would like to submit articles to any of the above issues should contact:

Rasna Warah
Habitat Debate
P.O. Box 30030
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: (254-2) 623988
Fax: (254-2) 624060