World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Pakistan & Zimbabwe UN Meets With Shelter Donors

UN Agency Meets Donors On Shelter Recovery In Pakistan And Zimbabwe

In a bid to raise funds to provide shelter for Zimbabweans who have been evicted from their homes and Pakistanis who have been displaced by the massive earthquake that struck in October, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) met with donors today in Nairobi, Kenya.

The President of UN-HABITAT’s Governing Council, Ambassador Wojciech Jasinski of Poland, together with the Chair of UN-HABITAT’s Committee of Permanent Representatives, Petr Kopriva, symbolically kick-started the consultation by pledging personal funds to build houses in Zimbabwe and Pakistan.

Opening the consultation, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy on Human Settlements Issues to Zimbabwe, Anna Tibaijuka, cited an “urgent need to stabilize the shelter conditions of the poor people who were evicted and who have now been living out in the cold and in the open for almost six months.”

In addition, Mrs. Tibaijuka, who is also UN-HABITAT’s Executive Director, pointed to the “desperate need to meet the shelter demands of those affected by the earthquake in Pakistan especially now that winter has set in.”

UN-HABITAT has a number of proposals to help victims of the earthquake, which rendered more than 3 million people homeless, including one involving a special winterized shelter that incorporates materials that can be reused in the construction of permanent housing in the spring.

Similar materials are being used in Zimbabwe, where the Government has approved a UN shelter programme. UN-HABITAT said the initiative will not only help resolve the humanitarian crisis caused by operation Murambatsvina that led to large numbers of people still living in the open or in transition shelters but will also be critical in the distribution of other humanitarian assistance, including providing for the chronically sick and those with HIV/AIDS.

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


ITUC: Nobel Prize In Economics Explodes Minimum Wage And Jobs Myth

The prize was awarded to David Card, Joshua Angrist and Guido Imbens for real-world research in the 1990s that demonstrated, empirically, that the idea touted by conservative economists that higher minimum wages mean fewer jobs is not based on fact... More>>

Science Media Centre: New South Wales Opens Up For Fully-vaccinated – Aus SMC Expert Reaction
Sydney has partially eased Covid-19 restrictions for fully-vaccinated individuals after NSW reached its target of 70 per cent of the population double-dosed. The Australian Science Media Centre has asked experts about the possible risks of the country opening up again...More>>

Nobel Peace Prize: Journalists Who ‘Speak Truth To Power’ Recognized

Two campaigning journalists were awarded the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, which UN Secretary-General António Guterres said was recognition that a free press is “essential for peace, justice, sustainable development and human rights – and the cornerstone for building fair and impartial institutions”...

Focus On: UN SDGs

UN: With Clock Ticking, Sustainable Transport Key To Global Goals
From electric cars and buses to zero-carbon producing energy sources, new and emerging technologies along with innovative policy changes, are critical for combating climate change. But to be effective, they must ensure that transport strategies benefit everyone, including the poorest... More>>

COP26: 7 Climate Action Highlights To Remember

A September to remember, a pivotal month for climate action commitments. From the United Nations General Assembly week to the final pre-COP meeting, last month was an important time to build momentum... More>>

UN: Global Leaders Set To Act To Increase Energy Access While Reducing Emissions At First UN Energy Summit In 40 Years

Significant new commitments for financing clean energy, increasing renewables and improving access to electricity are expected to be announced on 24 September at the UN High-level Dialogue on Energy... More>>