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  •   Urban development experts highlighted the importance of data collection and monitoring including Voluntary Local Reviews VLRs to improve local governance identify development opportunities and localize the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs during a session organized by UN Habitat in cooperation with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia ESCWA the Middle East and Western Asia UCLG MEWA and the Arab Cities Organization ATO in the last week June at the Eleventh Session of the World Urban Forum WUF11 In the session titled The State of Arab Cities participants discussed how tools such as the VLRs which analyze the implementation of the SDGs at the local level can address data gaps as well as provide guidance and technical support to governments local We look forward to continuing to support data collection and analysis at the local level to achieve effective urban development that is suitable for the Arab region said Dr Erfan Ali UN Habitat Regional Representative for the Arab Region in his remarks closing The lack of urban data collection tools is one of the challenges in advancing urban development Addressing this challenge UN Habitat is currently leading the drive for VLR in the Arab region in partnership with ESCWA UCLG MEWA and ATO The lack of data and monitoring tools hampers sustainable development Only through accurate data cities can assess their progress and create comprehensive plans to further achieve the SDGs Ing Ahmed Sobeih Secretary General of ATO highlighted The VLR mechanism has become an essential tool for cities around the world to report and track progress on the SDGs In the Arab region following an inclusive and participatory approach two cities have started developing their VLRs namely Amman Jordan and Agadir Morocco with more cities due to start the process later this year VLRs of Aman seeks to strengthen monitoring mechanisms for local development and enhance cooperation with cities around the world establishing a strategy to achieve the SDGs by 2030 Mrs Njoud AbdelJawad Manager of International Relations and Department of Greater Amman Municipality Technical Support commented on Aman s goals in implementing VLR Mr Mehmet Duman Secretary General of UCLG MEWA praised the cities of Amman and Agadir for their successful implementation WUF organized by UN Habitat is the leading conference on urbanization and takes place every two years WUF11 is co organized by UN Habitat the Polish Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy and the Katowice Municipal Office
    UN-Habitat, ESCWA highlight the importance of data collection and monitoring in improving the resilience of Arab cities
      Urban development experts highlighted the importance of data collection and monitoring including Voluntary Local Reviews VLRs to improve local governance identify development opportunities and localize the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs during a session organized by UN Habitat in cooperation with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia ESCWA the Middle East and Western Asia UCLG MEWA and the Arab Cities Organization ATO in the last week June at the Eleventh Session of the World Urban Forum WUF11 In the session titled The State of Arab Cities participants discussed how tools such as the VLRs which analyze the implementation of the SDGs at the local level can address data gaps as well as provide guidance and technical support to governments local We look forward to continuing to support data collection and analysis at the local level to achieve effective urban development that is suitable for the Arab region said Dr Erfan Ali UN Habitat Regional Representative for the Arab Region in his remarks closing The lack of urban data collection tools is one of the challenges in advancing urban development Addressing this challenge UN Habitat is currently leading the drive for VLR in the Arab region in partnership with ESCWA UCLG MEWA and ATO The lack of data and monitoring tools hampers sustainable development Only through accurate data cities can assess their progress and create comprehensive plans to further achieve the SDGs Ing Ahmed Sobeih Secretary General of ATO highlighted The VLR mechanism has become an essential tool for cities around the world to report and track progress on the SDGs In the Arab region following an inclusive and participatory approach two cities have started developing their VLRs namely Amman Jordan and Agadir Morocco with more cities due to start the process later this year VLRs of Aman seeks to strengthen monitoring mechanisms for local development and enhance cooperation with cities around the world establishing a strategy to achieve the SDGs by 2030 Mrs Njoud AbdelJawad Manager of International Relations and Department of Greater Amman Municipality Technical Support commented on Aman s goals in implementing VLR Mr Mehmet Duman Secretary General of UCLG MEWA praised the cities of Amman and Agadir for their successful implementation WUF organized by UN Habitat is the leading conference on urbanization and takes place every two years WUF11 is co organized by UN Habitat the Polish Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy and the Katowice Municipal Office
    UN-Habitat, ESCWA highlight the importance of data collection and monitoring in improving the resilience of Arab cities
    Africa3 months ago

    UN-Habitat, ESCWA highlight the importance of data collection and monitoring in improving the resilience of Arab cities

    Urban development experts highlighted the importance of data collection and monitoring, including Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs), to improve local governance, identify development opportunities and localize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), during a session organized by UN-Habitat in cooperation with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), the Middle East and Western Asia (UCLG-MEWA) and the Arab Cities Organization (ATO), in the last week June at the Eleventh Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF11) .

    In the session titled “The State of Arab Cities”, participants discussed how tools such as the VLRs, which analyze the implementation of the SDGs at the local level, can address data gaps, as well as provide guidance and technical support to governments. local.

    “We look forward to continuing to support data collection and analysis at the local level to achieve effective urban development that is suitable for the Arab region,” said Dr. Erfan Ali, UN-Habitat Regional Representative for the Arab Region, in his remarks. closing.

    The lack of urban data collection tools is one of the challenges in advancing urban development. Addressing this challenge, UN-Habitat is currently leading the drive for VLR in the Arab region in partnership with ESCWA, UCLG-MEWA and ATO.

    “The lack of data and monitoring tools hampers sustainable development. Only through accurate data, cities can assess their progress and create comprehensive plans to further achieve the SDGs”, Ing. Ahmed Sobeih, Secretary General of ATO, highlighted.

    The VLR mechanism has become an essential tool for cities around the world to report and track progress on the SDGs. In the Arab region, following an inclusive and participatory approach, two cities have started developing their VLRs, namely Amman, Jordan and Agadir, Morocco, with more cities due to start the process later this year.

    “VLRs of Aman seeks to strengthen monitoring mechanisms for local development and enhance cooperation with cities around the world, establishing a strategy to achieve the SDGs by 2030”, Mrs. Njoud AbdelJawad, Manager of International Relations and Department of Greater Amman Municipality Technical Support, commented on Aman's goals in implementing VLR.

    Mr. Mehmet Duman, Secretary General of UCLG-MEWA praised the cities of Amman and Agadir for their successful implementation.

    WUF, organized by UN-Habitat, is the leading conference on urbanization and takes place every two years. WUF11 is co-organized by UN-Habitat, the Polish Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy and the Katowice Municipal Office.

  •   The UN Habitat Regional Office for the Arab States joined forces with ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability on Tuesday 29 March and discussed how nature based solutions can build climate resilience in cities in the MENA region The hybrid session organized by UN Habitat in cooperation with ICLEI was part of the first Middle East and North Africa Climate Week and was framed under the theme Integrated Approaches to Climate Resilient Development led by the UNDP The session included discussions on multifunctionality and the socio economic benefits of nature based urban solutions Nature based urban solutions provide a powerful approach to address social and environmental challenges said Dr Erfan Ali UN Habitat Regional Representative for the Arab States Nature based solutions are a powerful tool to increase resilience improve the lives and well being of city dwellers and protect biodiversity The session brought together experts from different countries including Mr Mohamed Sefiani Mayor of Chefchaouen Morocco Mr Houcine Jrad Mayor of Houmet Souk Djerba Island Tunisia Ms Faizah Slehat International Union for Conservation of Nature Mr Ali Akayed Greater Amman Municipality Jordan and Ms Sonya Benjamin Biosphere Conservation Consulting Services United Arab Emirates The experts highlighted opportunities and barriers to implementing nature based solutions and explored ways to scale in the MENA region Dr Erfan Ali shed light on examples of nature based urban solutions implemented by UN Habitat in countries in the Arab region including Iraq Syria Lebanon and Jordan Nature based solutions also offer opportunities to incorporate natural elements into cultural heritage conservation and management as demonstrated by the mayors of Chefchaoun and Djerba Hosted by the Government of the United Arab Emirates and held from March 28 31 MENA Climate Week 2022 explores resilience to climate risks transition to a low carbon economy and collaboration to solve pressing challenges
    UN-Habitat, ICLEI discuss nature-based solutions during MENA Climate Week
      The UN Habitat Regional Office for the Arab States joined forces with ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability on Tuesday 29 March and discussed how nature based solutions can build climate resilience in cities in the MENA region The hybrid session organized by UN Habitat in cooperation with ICLEI was part of the first Middle East and North Africa Climate Week and was framed under the theme Integrated Approaches to Climate Resilient Development led by the UNDP The session included discussions on multifunctionality and the socio economic benefits of nature based urban solutions Nature based urban solutions provide a powerful approach to address social and environmental challenges said Dr Erfan Ali UN Habitat Regional Representative for the Arab States Nature based solutions are a powerful tool to increase resilience improve the lives and well being of city dwellers and protect biodiversity The session brought together experts from different countries including Mr Mohamed Sefiani Mayor of Chefchaouen Morocco Mr Houcine Jrad Mayor of Houmet Souk Djerba Island Tunisia Ms Faizah Slehat International Union for Conservation of Nature Mr Ali Akayed Greater Amman Municipality Jordan and Ms Sonya Benjamin Biosphere Conservation Consulting Services United Arab Emirates The experts highlighted opportunities and barriers to implementing nature based solutions and explored ways to scale in the MENA region Dr Erfan Ali shed light on examples of nature based urban solutions implemented by UN Habitat in countries in the Arab region including Iraq Syria Lebanon and Jordan Nature based solutions also offer opportunities to incorporate natural elements into cultural heritage conservation and management as demonstrated by the mayors of Chefchaoun and Djerba Hosted by the Government of the United Arab Emirates and held from March 28 31 MENA Climate Week 2022 explores resilience to climate risks transition to a low carbon economy and collaboration to solve pressing challenges
    UN-Habitat, ICLEI discuss nature-based solutions during MENA Climate Week
    Africa6 months ago

    UN-Habitat, ICLEI discuss nature-based solutions during MENA Climate Week

    The UN-Habitat Regional Office for the Arab States joined forces with ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability on Tuesday 29 March and discussed how nature-based solutions can build climate resilience in cities in the MENA region.

    The hybrid session, organized by UN-Habitat, in cooperation with ICLEI, was part of the first Middle East and North Africa Climate Week and was framed under the theme "Integrated Approaches to Climate Resilient Development", led by the UNDP.

    The session included discussions on multifunctionality and the socio-economic benefits of nature-based urban solutions.

    “Nature-based urban solutions provide a powerful approach to address social and environmental challenges,” said Dr. Erfan Ali, UN-Habitat Regional Representative for the Arab States. “Nature-based solutions are a powerful tool to increase resilience, improve the lives and well-being of city dwellers, and protect biodiversity.”

    The session brought together experts from different countries, including Mr. Mohamed Sefiani, Mayor of Chefchaouen, Morocco, Mr. Houcine Jrad, Mayor of Houmet Souk, Djerba Island, Tunisia, Ms. Faizah Slehat, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Mr Ali Akayed, Greater Amman Municipality, Jordan and Ms Sonya Benjamin, Biosphere Conservation Consulting Services, United Arab Emirates.

    The experts highlighted opportunities and barriers to implementing nature-based solutions and explored ways to scale in the MENA region.

    Dr. Erfan Ali shed light on examples of nature-based urban solutions, implemented by UN-Habitat, in countries in the Arab region, including Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.

    Nature-based solutions also offer opportunities to incorporate natural elements into cultural heritage conservation and management, as demonstrated by the mayors of Chefchaoun and Djerba.

    Hosted by the Government of the United Arab Emirates and held from March 28-31, MENA Climate Week 2022 explores resilience to climate risks, transition to a low-carbon economy, and collaboration to solve pressing challenges .