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					         UN-HABITAT announces winners of 2002 Scroll of Honour
Nairobi, 30 September, 2002: UN-HABITAT is pleased to announce this years winners of the
2002 Scroll of Honour. Every year, during the World Habitat Day celebrations, which are held on
the first Monday of October, the UN gives the prestigious Scroll of Honour Award to individuals or
organizations who have committed themselves to improving the urban environment. This year the
awardees were selected for their work and commitment in encouraging City to City Cooperation,
this year's theme for World Habitat Day.

On Monday, 7 October 2002, the following will be awarded the Scroll of Honour by H.R.H. Prince
Phillipe of Belgium during the Global Observances for World Habitat Day which are being hosted
by the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Palais d’Egmont in Brussels.

C2C between NAKURU AND LEUVEN
“For their multi-faceted City-to-City Cooperation on sustainable urban development”

BRAZILIAN INSTITUTE OF MUNICIPAL ADMINISTRATION (IBAM) Brazil
“For its continuous support to local government development through training on municipal and
urban issues”

BAOTOU MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT - China
“For outstanding improvements in shelter and the urban environment and successful cooperation
with other Chinese cities”

CITYNET - Based in Yokohama, Japan
“For playing a key role in facilitating C2C and networking amongst local governments, NGOs
and development agencies in Asia”

DUTCH HABITAT PLATFORM - Netherlands
“For coordinating the Habitat Agenda and linking municipalities in the Netherlands with their
partners in developing countries”

MAYOR JOAN CLOS - Spain
“For his outstanding commitment and contribution to the global cooperation between local
authorities and the United Nations”

ENDA TIERS MONDE - Dakar, Sénégal
“For promoting alternative development options at the local level, reducing poverty and
advocating housing rights, under the leadership of its founder, the late Jacques Bugnicourt”

René Frank - USA
“For his dedication to low-cost housing as leading member of the International Real Estate
Federation (FIABCI)”

SPECIAL CITATION
JOHN HODGES - United Kingdom
“For his contribution to poverty elimination and sustainable urban development in South-Asia
and Sub-Saharan Africa”
BACKGROUND and CONTACTS:

                         C2C between NAKURU AND LEUVEN
             “For their multi-faceted City-to-City Cooperation on sustainable urban development”
The cooperation between the cities of Nakuru, Kenya, and Leuven, Belgium was started in 1997 and has
grown to become a multi-faceted example of City-to-City Cooperation within a sustainable urban
development context. This example of C2C goes much beyond the conventional twinning relationships. Key
activities in the cooperation over the past five years include technical inputs of Leuven in seminars leading to
the development of the Strategic Structure Plan of Nakuru and inputs from Nakuru in seminars on
development cooperation in Leuven. These initiatives were also supported through intensive collaboration
between the University of Nairobi and the University of Leuven. The cooperation was further extended to
other actors, including schools, NGOs and the private sector in both cities. Current projects include the
revitalization of a rental housing scheme in Nakuru, a pilot project on cobblestones pavement and an exchange
programme between schools. The cooperation is being facilitated through the framework of the UN-
HABITAT Localizing Agenda 21 Programme and supported by a consortium of Belgian universities,
municipalities, consultants and NGOs. All resources related to the cooperation activities are raised by the
municipalities themselves.
Contact: Prof. Han Verschure, Post Graduate Centre for Human Settlements, Dept. of Architecture, Urban
and Regional Planning, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. Tel: +32 (0) 1632-1367; E-mail:
Han.Verschure@asro.kuleuven.ac.be

BRAZILIAN INSTITUTE OF MUNICIPAL ADMINISTRATION
(IBAM) Brazil
“For its continuous support to local government development through training on municipal and urban
issues”
In Brazil, there are about 5,559 metropolitan, large, medium-sized and small municipalities. IBAM offers
technical assistance depending on the needs, size, economic strength, regional location and institutional
capacity of municipalities. The programme follows closely new developments in communication technology
and for over 50 years has used it as an effective tool for reaching a clientele dispersed over a large area.
IBAM’s networking ability to disseminate relevant information, new ideas, technologies and Brazil’s good
practices is the core of its innovative programme which is unique in the country. In the year 2001, alone, it
provided over 8,500 legal and technical-administrative consultations. This core activity is complemented by
the distribution of documents, studies and publications, electronic bulletins, technical and research reports,
newsletters and media interviews to municipalities and interested parties.
Contact: Ms. Marlene Fernandes, Largo IBAM, No 1- Humaita, 22271-070, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil; Tel:
(21) 2537-7595; E-mail: marlene@ibam.org.br


BAOTOU MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT - China
“For outstanding improvements in shelter and the urban environment and successful cooperation with
other Chinese cities”
A major earthquake in 1996, destroyed most of the time-worn medium and low-income households depriving
almost one million people of their homes. Baotou municipality took this as a challenge and an opportunity to
reconstruct medium and low-income environmentally sound households. Government housing finance
provided capital and C2C with other cities accelerated the city’s housing development. By the year 2001, the
city’s newly constructed floor space of affordable housing had reached 13 million m 2, which equals the total
space constructed in the 46 years before the earthquake, with an average floor space per capita of 22.4 m2,
sheltering 200,000 households who were originally homeless or without adequate shelter. In 1997, Baotou was
awarded “National Hygienic City” and “National Model for Housing Reform”. It received further awards in
1998: the “National Garden City” and the “Advanced City in Implementing National Affordable Housing
Programme”. The successful experience of Baotou in Housing and medium and low-income households has
been disseminated worldwide.
Contact: Mr. Li Xiankui, 9 San Li He Road, Beijing 100835, China, Tel: 6839-3833
CITYNET - Based in Yokohama, Japan
“For playing a key role in facilitating C2C and networking amongst local governments, NGOs and
development agencies in Asia”
CITYNET, the regional Network of local authorities for the management of Human Settlements, is the key
facilitator and promoter for strengthening the capacity of local governments through C2C. Through
CITYNET, local governments have been able to share key human settlement issues and needed hands-on
solutions to the problems that local governments face in Asia, thereby bringing faster and more practical
solutions to the struggles of local governments. With inputs coming from different strata of societies, local
governments have consequently been able to enhance their public services. CITYNET has, through its
innovative programme activities, been able to address the key human settlements issues that the development
agencies have been working on, namely: poverty eradication and dialogue with local authorities and their
associations.
Contact: Mr. Hiroshi Nakada, CITYNET5F, International Organizations Center, Pacifico-Yokohama, 1-1-1,
Minato Mirai, Nishi-Ku, Yokohama 220-0012, Japan; Tel: (81-45) 223-2161; E-mail: info@citynet-ap.org

DUTCH HABITAT PLATFORM - Netherlands
“For coordinating the Habitat Agenda and linking municipalities in the Netherlands with their partners in
developing countries”
The Dutch Platform offers an integral framework to support various policy areas such as environment, social
issues, health, employment, and safety and security. The Dutch Platform gives high priority to involving local
people at all levels. The City-Wide approach supports city links between municipalities in the Netherlands and
their partners in developing countries, for example, Leiden-East London (South Africa); and Eindhoven-
Geraref (Sudan). It sets up platforms targeting specific countries or regions coordinating and promoting the
exchange of knowledge and experience between the various Dutch partners active in those areas, like the
Habitat-Platform South Africa.
Contact: Mr. Ron Spreekmeester, Nassaulaan 12, Postbus 30435, NL-2500 GK Den Haag, The Netherlands;
Tel: +31 (0) 70373-8772; E-mail: ron.spreekmeester@vng-habitat.nl

MAYOR JOAN CLOS - Spain
“For his outstanding commitment and contribution to the global cooperation between local authorities and
the United Nations”
Mayor Joan Clos has spearheaded the transformation of Barcelona into one of the most dynamic cities in
Europe. While President of the World Association of Cities and Local Authorities Coordination (WACLAC)
and the Chairman United Nations Advisory Committee of Local Authorities (UNACLA), Mayor Joan Clos
has been instrumental in encouraging closer contact between local authorities and the United Nations. At
Istanbul + 5, Mayor Joan Clos headed the delegation that met with Mr. Kofi Annan, the Secretary-General of
the United Nations.
Contact: Mayor Joan Clos, Secretariat General, Ajuntament de Barcelona, Pl. Sant Jaume 1, 08002,
Barcelona, Spain; E-mail: mobiols@mail.bcn.es


ENDA TIERS MONDE - Dakar, Sénégal
“For promoting alternative development options at the local level, reducing poverty and advocating housing
rights, under the leadership of its founder, the late Jacques Bugnicourt”
ENDA’ has made an outstanding contribution to development initiatives on the African Continent (now also
working in Asia and Latin American countries). It has promoted effective participation of local communities
based on a bottom-up approach. In the last 30 years, the organization contributed to the search for alternative
development possibilities at all levels, as well as to the various kinds of training programmes on human rights,
and empowering civil society in order to make development possible.
Contact: Mr. Cheikh Hamidou Kane, Executive Secretary, ENDA Tiers Monde, P.O. Box 3370, Dakar,
Sénégal; Tel: 221-823-5663; E-mail: se@enda.sn
René Frank - USA
“For his dedication to low-cost housing as leading member of the International Real Estate Federation
(FIABCI)”
Mr. René Frank represents the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) with its principal offices in Paris
and Chapters in 58 countries. FIABCI has been an ECOSOC accredited member since 1954. He has devoted a
substantial portion of his time to improving slum settlements and has assisted local authoritues in Central
America. He has been associated with all the major UN-HABITAT meetings since the Habitat Vancouver
Conference in 1976. Since 1999, through his personal effort and financial contributions, he has organized the
Global Housing Foundation, which has been building decent sustainable housing in Managua, Nicaragua’s
most notorious slums. The funds for this project are solely contributed by the private sector, real estate
industry – a first for public/private sector housing projects.
Contact: Mr. René Frank, 530 Par Avenue, Suite 17D, New York, NY 10021, USA; Tel: (212) 355-0136; E-
mail: ReneFrank@aol.com


SPECIAL CITATION
JOHN HODGES - United Kingdom
“For his contribution to poverty elimination and sustainable urban development in South-Asia and Sub-
Saharan Africa”
Through the British Government' s Department of International Development (DFID) Mr. John Hodges has
been responsible for promoting development and the reduction of poverty. The central focus of the British
Government’s policy, set out in the 1997 White Paper on International Development, in a commitment to the
Millennium Development Goals, is to halve the proportion of people living in extreme poverty by 2015.
Additional targets include basic healthcare provision and universal access to primary education by the same
date. A Second White Paper on International Development, published in December 2000, reaffirmed this
commitment, while focussing specifically on how to manage the process of globalization to benefit poor
people. This is to be carried out in partnership with the business, civil society and the research community.
Contact: Mr. John Hodges, Infrastructure Urban Development Department, Department for International
Development; Room 8E4, 1 Palace Street, London SW1E 5HE, United Kingdom; Tel: +44 (0) 2070-230-116;
E-mail: J-Hodges@dfid.gov.uk.


For further information, please contact1: Mr. Sharad Shankardass, Spokesperson, or Ms. Zahra
Hassan, Press & Media Liaison, Press & Media Relations Unit, Tel: (254 2) 623153/623151, Fax:
(254 2) 624060, E-mail: habitat.press@unhabitat.org, Website: www.unhabitat.org




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