Amsterdam - Arcadis, UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Program, and KULeuven are partnering to develop an urban recovery and development program for immediate action in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. In response to the earthquake of 25 April, the initiative aims to assist in the redevelopment of one of the hardest-hit historical areas of the Kathmandu Valley.
UN-Habitat is the lead United Nations agency for housing and urban development. Its mandate is to promote socially, economically and environmentally sustainable urban development and adequate housing for all. It is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. Please visit: www.unhabitat.org and www.worldurbancampaign.org
About the Shelter Program
Arcadis and UN-Habitat set up the Shelter Program in 2010. Arcadis provides pro bono expertise for UN-Habitat. Over sixty missions, trainings and other Shelter activities have been organized in Asia, Africa and Middle America. Over 500 Arcadis experts from a range of disciplines have been actively engaged in the program by sharing their knowledge, expertise and providing capacity-building support skills to help bring the UN-Habitat mission forward. This combination of expertise from a wide variety of backgrounds is aimed at improving living conditions in cities around the world, especially for the urban poor. www.arcadis.com/shelter
About the Human Settlements, Urbanism and Strategic Planning programmes of the University of Leuven
The programmes are conceived to address rapid urbanization in the developing world and contemporary urban transformations within the scope of sustainable development. They aim to provide insight into human settlements issues related to rapid change and to the interaction between modernity and tradition, and to strengthen capacities to tackle the growth of spontaneous settlement, the design of large scale housing projects, the development of appropriate building materials and techniques, the systematic approach to complex programmes (e.g. hospitals, schools) and the planning of neighbourhoods, villages, towns with up-to-date techniques.http://eng.kuleuven.be/arch/onderwijs/mausp
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