UN-Habitat partnered with five international organizations – Habitat for Humanity International, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) – to organize the second session of Housing Forum Europe and Central Asia: ‘Promoting Sustainable Housing Futures for All’, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, on 22-24 April 2013.
The German development arm, GIZ in conjunction with Water for People, an international NGO has launched a new waste removal technology to curb dumping of faecal waste in water channels and polythene bags improvised toilets referred to as 'flying toilets', in the city.
Known as gulper, the technology is expected to improve sanitation and enhance public health safety.
The technology empties latrines in areas where waste removal trucks (cess pool emptiers) cannot reach due to poor urban planning policies.
As the Government moves to implement the National Slum Upgrading programme, a strong warning has been issued to prevent resistance that may be staged by communities inhabiting areas where modern buildings are going to erected.
The urban development minister Daudi Migereko explained that the housing programme is meant to uplift the standards of living for the residents occupying areas that are undeveloped and disorganised.
The Member States present unanimously backed the GHS in the form of a Resolution entitled "Inclusive National and Local Housing Strategies to achieve the Global Housing Strategy Paradigm Shift".
During the launch of UN-Habitat’s 24th Governing Council, the UN-Habitat Global Housing Strategy held a side event entitled “A call for a Paradigm Shift in Policy”.
Slum residents have better access to drinking water and electricity than their counterparts in the urban non slum areas, claims a report on ‘Housing Stock, Amenities and Assets in Slums’ released in the Capital on Thursday.
The report also says the number of slums in the country has declined.