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TOT on ?Tools for the Assessment of School & Hospital Safety for Multi-Hazard in Pakistan?


    Outcome; at the completion of the training, participants will be able to
  • Conduct structural and non-structural assessment of existing school and hospital buildings.
  • Analyze the compliance level of buildings to be constructed.
  • Give informed decision about building compliance to facility managers and higher management.

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Government to continue support to UN-Habitat for land record digitization, ACS - KP


Mr. Attaullah Khan Toru, Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has announced that Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will continue its collaboration with UN-Habitat. The announcement was made during a National Seminar on ?Showcasing Modern Land Administration System? held here in Islamabad today. The seminar was attended by the representatives of donors, UN agencies, federal and provincial government departments.
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Cities & Climate Change Initiatives for Pakistani Cities


UN-Habitat Pakistan in collaboration with the Ministry of Climate Change, Government of Pakistan, held the workshop on Cities & Climate Change Initiatives for Pakistani Cities (CCCI). The UN-Habitat Regional Coordinator for CCCI-Asia Pacific, (CCCI-AP) of UN-Habitat, Ms. Maria Adelaida Mias, shared the tools and activities that are done under this initiative.
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Celebration of World Water Day 22nd March, 2013


The World Water Day (WWD) is celebrated every year on 22nd March around the globe and this year, it was organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC) along with different water sector partners i.e. Water Aid, UNICEF, WHO, Plan Pakistan, PIEDAR, Chevron and Coca-Cola Pakistan. The theme of 2013 is ?Water Water Everywhere, Only if We Share?.
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National strategy sought for GIS infrastructure development 11 March, 2013


Secretary Statistics Division Sohail Ahmed has called for devising a national strategy to build a solid foundation for the communication, application and promotion of spatial data, through the gradual and systematic development of GIS infrastructure. Inaugurating the National conference on ?Geospatial data standardization, policy and data sharing? at a local hotel here Monday, he said, "To look into these aspects and formation of national policy, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics has taken a right step and organized this conference where major key players are participating".
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Water, Sanitation and hygiene project launched 06 March, 2013


United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has initiated ?Water, Sanitation and Hygiene? (WASH) for Schools and Ground Water Recharge in Rawalpindi and Islamabad? project with the collaboration of Federal Ministry of Climate Change, Federal Directorate of education Islamabad and District Education office Rawalpindi and with generous support from Coca-Cola foundation.
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Students of the Islamabad Japanese School visited UN-Habitat Islamabad office on December 12, 2012


"Students of the Islamabad Japanese School visited UN-Habitat Islamabad office on December 12, 2012. They enjoyed meeting the staff and learning about UN-Habitat activities in Pakistan. They all received the "Indus River Game", a game that was developed by UN-Habitat to teach good and bad practices regarding water, hygiene, construction and environmental issues for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) purposes."

NDMA and UN-Habitat Pakistan hold a fundraising event for the launch of ?Resilient Cities? project


The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and UN-Habitat Pakistan held a fundraising event for the ?Resilient Cities? project in 31 cities of Pakistan. The project aims to establish sustainable Disaster Resilient and Healthy cities and townships in the disaster prone regions of the country. Hosted by Dr. Zafar Iqbal Qadir, Chairman NDMA, the fundraising event was attended by Government officials, Capital Development Authority (CDA), UN Resident Coordinator and donor agencies.
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Guidelines for developing Eco-Efficient and socially inclusive infrastructure


This toolkit is a companion piece of the publication ?Are we building competitive and liveable cities? Guidelines for developing eco-efficient and socially inclusive infrastructure.? While the guidelines explain why it is important to build urban infrastructure in an eco-efficient and socially inclusive way, what strategies planners can use to ensure ecoefficient and socially inclusive outcomes and how they can use these strategies throughout a strategic planning cycle. Downlaod
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UN-Habitat and UNHCR inaugurate Pak-Afghan Vocational Training Centre in Quetta, Baluchistan


16th October, 2012-UN-Habitat Pakistan and UNHCR have successfully constructed a Vocational Training Centre in Quetta under the One UN ?Refugee Affected and Hosting Area? (RAHA) project in Pakistan.
The ?Vocational Training Centre? is a part of the RAHA project, aimed at contributing to the restoration of livelihoods of vulnerable Afghan Refugees as well as local deprived communities through the provision of a constructed buildings
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October 3rd, 2012-Geographic Information System inaugurated in Charsadda Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


UN-Habitat with the support of the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa inaugurates a Geographic Information Systems laboratory for the digitization of land records.
UN-Habitat has successfully established a Geographic Information Systems Laboratory for the digitization of land records in Charsadda, Khyber Pukhtunkhwa. After the floods of 2010 many issues regarding land ownership had surfaced due to the loss of physical demarcations of land.
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October 1st, 2012-UN-Habitat celebrates World Habitat Day 2012, in 4 cities in Pakistan.


Citizens from all walks of life including government officials, academia, civil society and urban planners came together for the celebration of World Habitat Day 2012 in Islamabad, Pakistan. Following the framework of the new Habitat initiative, UN-Habitat and the Government of Pakistan celebrated the global event nationally in 4 cities with a focus on future cities as engines of economic growth and smarter, safer cities for all.

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UN-Habitat Pakistan and UNESCAP have launched a pilot project for Solid Waste Management in different cities


UN-Habitat Pakistan and UNESCAP have launched a pilot project for Solid Waste Management in the cities of Karachi, Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Mardan. The pilot project will be initiated through the establishment of Integrated Resource Recovery Centers (IRRC), a decentralized community-based recycling and composting facility. The IRRCs can be built and operated at low costs by using limited mechanical technology, ensuring low operational costs with minimal equipment breakdowns, while creating job opportunities.

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Request for Public Comments: Housing After Disasters Guide?the ERRA Experience in Pakistan


UN-Habitat is pleased to share 14 draft publications for public comments. The documents are a compilation of knowhow and lessons-learned written up by UN-Habitat?s team members in Pakistan, who were engaged in the reconstruction of housing after the Kashmir Earthquake of 8 October 2005.

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World Urban Forum 6 Naples, Italy 1-7 September 2012


The southern Italian city of Naples has offered to host the sixth session of the World Urban Forum. Scheduled for the first week of September 2012, the theme of the Forum will be The Urban Future.

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UN-Habitat begins second phase of training sessions for female lawyers on Housing Land and Property Rights in Pakistan


UN-Habitat is conducting training sessions on Housing Land and Property Rights in Pakistan for women lawyers at 11 different cities. The first one-day session is to be held in Islamabad on 1st June, 2012 in which 30 female lawyers have been invited to participate.

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UN-Habitat and partners resettle Pakistan's flood victims


UN-Habitat, the German manufacturer BASF and the government of Japan this week put a smile on the face of the villagers of Gul Mohammad Gandhro near Thatta, Sindh Province of Pakistan who were victims of the floods of 2010 by resettling them.

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UN-Habitat and UNESCO hold advocacy seminar to promote Environmental friendly behaviors among children in Karachi


30 May, 2012: UN-Habitat in collaboration with UNESCO held an advocacy seminar in Karachi on ?Health Schools-Healthy Settlements? to encourage healthy hygiene practices among children in schools. The objective of the event was to empower informal settlements and strengthen the capacity of schools in promoting behavioral change.

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Inauguration Ceremony of Census Office GIS Laboratory Islamabad


The Government of Pakistan Statistics Division in collaboration with UN-Habitat and UNFPA jointly inaugurated the 5th Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Laboratory on 7th May, 2012 in Islamabad.
The GIS Laboratories will serve as a platform for developing and enhancing the capacity of the existing GIS for the four provincial offices of the Population Census Organizations in Pakistan.
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Training of trainers on Housing Land and Property Rights


A series of trainings on a newly published Land and Property Rights guide are being conducted by UN-Habitat Islamabad in 10 different locations. The training manual was based on UN-Habitats ?Housing Land and Property guide? that aims to enhance the capacity of government officials especially working in the revenue department at a district and provincial level in terms of knowledge about land and property rights.
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UN-Habitat and Serena Hotels join hands on Earth Day, 2012


UN-Habitat partnered with Islamabad Serena Hotel to celebrate Earth Day 2012 through a tree plantation and waste reduction campaign with UN-Habitat facilitated Environment Clubs in urban schools. The main objective of this campaign was to increase awareness and appreciation of the earth?s natural environment among the students participating, their teachers as well as their parents.
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UN-Habitat Regional Director for Asia Pacific inaugurates one-room shelters for flood affected people in Charsadda


The Regional Director of UN-Habitat Asia and Pacific, Mr. Toshi Noda visited Union Council Dheri Zardad and village Babook Qualay in Charsadda, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and inaugurated one room shelters constructed in response to the floods of 2010.
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Inauguration Ceremony of Census Office GIS Lab Quetta


An inauguration ceremony of GIS Lab (established by UN-HABITAT/UNFPA) has been held on 14-April-2012 at Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (BPS)/Population Census Office Quetta. Federal Secretary of Statistic Division Mr. Sohail Ahmed inaugurated the GIS Lab. The distinguished gusts, Federal Secretary of Statistic Division Mr. Sohail Ahmed, Chief Census Commissioner,
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Photo Contest


Submit a High Resolution Photo of Your City, Town, Village at UN-HABITAT PAKISTAN

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World Water Day 22nd March, 2012


There are 7 billion people to feed on the planet today and another 2 billion are expected to join by 2050. Statistics say that each of us drinks from 2 to 4 litres of water every day, however most of the water we ?drink? is embedded in the food we eat: producing 1 kilo of beef for example consumes 15,000 litres of water while 1 kilo of wheat ?drinks up? 1,500 litres.
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UN-Habitat and Government of Pakistan hold meeting on disasters


UN-Habitat Pakistan in coordination with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) last month organized a two day "National Conference on Learning from Disasters".
The main aim of the conference in Islamabad was to bring together government officials, line departments, United Nations agencies, International NGOs, the civil society and other participants who were involved in humanitarian relief and recovery work specifically in the housing reconstruction sector to share their experiences.Read More

National Conference on Learning from Disasters 2012


The second day of the "National Conference on Learning from Disasters" continued with focus on the role of the media towards disaster risk mitigation and preparedness. Chief guest Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan said that the media plays a very important role in impacting the masses but it must play a constructive role and highlight the emergent need for disaster preparedness.
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National Conference on Learning from Disasters organized by NDMA and UN-HABITAT from 22-23 February, 2012


UN-Habitat in collaboration with NDMA has arranged a two-day National Conference on Learning from Disasters from 22-23 February, 2012 in Islamabad. The purpose of this conference is to bring national and international attention on the post disaster recovery process, specifically on housing, reconstruction and rehabilitation. The conference is based on the lessons learnt from the natural calamities that have affected Pakistan since 2005.
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Tree Plantation Campaign in flood affected areas of Pakistan


UN-HABITAT's mission is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable urban and rural development. In this regard UN-HABITAT is launching a ?tree plantation campaign? from 15 January to 15 February 2012 in the flood affected areas to mitigate the negative impact of flood 2010,post disaster interventions and its associated consequences.

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A Guide on Land and Property Rights in Pakistan


A Guide on Land and Property Rights in Pakistan has been designed and prepared by UN-HABITAT in the context of PSFRP. It is merely compiled to facilitate the basic understanding of the major principles of Pakistani land administration system.

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Guidelines for Community Infrastructure


This guidelines provides some typical designs and cost estimates for some common kinds of community infrastructure to be reconstructed/rehabilitated in the country. The guidelines will help technical managers, engineers, sub engineers, communities and builders who are involved in rehabilitation, reconstruction of community physical infrastructure.

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The Indus River Game


UN-HABITAT pakistan has launched an interactive game called 'The Indus River Game'. It is Disasater Risk Reduction initiative for the 'Pakistan Settlements Flood Recovery Programme' funded by the Government of Japan.

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Calendar for the year 2012


A Disaster Risk Reduction approach to embracing the new Year, with preparation and caution, UN-HABITAT has launched its calendar for the year 2012.

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Six point poster


A flood resistant construction poster has been launched for the flood affected communities. Its main purpose is to simply highlight 6 key features towards making a shelter more resistant to floods.

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Implementing with the community


The community partcipation booklet has been launched to assist the communities in understanding their role in UN-HABITAT. It is community driven integerated reconstruction approach.

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150 winterized transitional shelters and 100 latrines constructed in Skardu, Gilgit Baltistan


UN-HABITAT and NDMA has successfully completed 150 winterized transitional shelters and 100 latrines with support of International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS). These shelters have been constructed using local materials and incorporated DRM elements using sand bags and plastic sheets. Latrines have been constructed using adobe blocks and CGI sheets for protection. The shelters will provide relief for the people especially in the winter season.

1,118 one-room shelters completed in District Dera Ghazi Khan, Punjab


532 have been completed in Tehsil D.G. Khan and 586 shelters in Tehsil Taunsa. 371 shelters have also been completed in Muzaffargarh, Punjab for the beneficiaries of the super floods of 2010. With the completion of these shelters, the people of Punjab can look forward to building back their lives. More shelters are under construction in other areas of Punjab and rapidly nearing completion in the coming months.

1,706 one room shelters completed in Jacobabad, Sindh


UN-HABITAT has successfully completed 1,706 one-room shelters in Jacobabad Sindh, for the flood affected people where through the financial support of UKaid and Youth Action for Pakistan as implementing partners.A one-room shelter is a rectangular shaped 20 square meter structure that can accommodate up to seven people. With its one door and window, it serves as a core room to which beneficiaries can add further rooms, depending on their resources.

Government to redefine urban, rural areas for ongoing population census


In order to explore full potential from urban areas, the government has decided to redefine the rural and urban areas for the 6th ongoing Population Census of Pakistan.
"Our country is still known as a rural country but the reality is on the other way round. We should change the definition of urban and rural areas", Dr. Nadeem ul Haq, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission said while addressing the National Conference.

Workshop on End Project Evaluation


The Ministry of Disaster Management, Government of Pakistan in collaboration with UNICEF, Plan International, UN-HABITAT and Water Aid is hosting a three-day workshop on End-of-Project Evaluation for phase I and Mid-term review and action plan for Phase II of this programme from December 12th ? 14th, 2011 in Islamabad.The workshop is being held in purview of the project ?Early Recovery on Rural Sanitation in other 19 flood affected districts of Pakistan?

World Toilet Day and Mother Child Week celebrated globally and locally.


The UN-HABITAT social team of Union Council Jherruk celebrated World Toilet Day in village Saleh Jamari to emphasize the importance of sanitation and hygiene. 19th November was declared World Toilet Day by the WTO and it is celebrated by water and sanitation advocates all over the world.
Through a series of activities such as a walk, games, poems and jokes, related to the importance of toilets and its hygienic use

UN-HABITAT has launched a global campaign to fight against climate change


UN-HABITAT has launched a global campaign to fight against climate change which is celebrated every year in October. The theme for this year was ?cities and climate change?. This was the first time that the event was held in Pakistan at such a large scale. Cities of Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta were involved in the effort.Government officials, diplomats, academia and communities and United Nations officials were present on the occasion.

World Habitat Day event at Japanese School


On Monday 3rd October 2011, World Habitat Day was commemorated all over the world. In Pakistan, it was observed with conferences at the regional offices of Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta and Karachi. Simultaneously, a World Habitat Day event took place at the Islamabad Japanese School.