The impact of COVID-19 has been felt across the globe in a wide range of countries and very different environments. The pandemic has already affected countries in every region, making this a truly global situation where every country must take steps to prepare and respond. UN-Habitat has a clear added value in supporting national and

The COVID-19 pandemic will hit the world’s most vulnerable people the hardest including the one billion people living in informal settlements and slums worldwide. These areas are densely populated with inadequate household water and sanitation, little or no waste management, overcrowded public transport and limited access to formal health care facilities. In addition, they suffer

As COVID-19 spreads around the world, billions of people have been told to stay at home. However, this simple preventative public health measure is impossible for people who live in homelessness, or in unsafe or overcrowded housing. It is estimated that around 1.8 billion people, or more than 20 percent of the world’s population, lack

Myanmar National Building Code (MNBC) 2016

To read more, please download PDF files as below.UN-Habitat developed Myanmar National Building Code (MNBC) in coordination with Ministry of Construction and other technical bodies such as Myanmar Engineering Society (MES), focused on disaster resilient construction methods. To read more, please download PDF files as below.

Social Safeguards Basic & Advanced (Training Module)

This training module will introduce concepts in relation to environmental and social safeguards which will protect both the environment and the people from adverse effects of development projects, particularly from citywide infrastructure projects. Moreover, it will introduce the social safeguard planning, tools and practical guides in a broader perspective to create a foundation to localize

Guideline for Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards

This guideline briefly explains the detailed procedures for RVS building survey. Bridges, large towers, and other non-building structure types are not covered by this procedure. According to recent seismic vulnerability assessment works in Bago, Taungoo, Sagaing and Pyay cities, the major building stocks in Myanmar are – Bamboo, Timber, Brick, Brick Noggin, Concrete and Steel

Towards Improved Nutrition – Access to Good Quality Basic Services (Photo Book)

This photo book showcases the project implementation in 221 villages across six townships of Dry Zone (Yesagyo, Pakokku, Myingyan, Natogyi, Mahlaing and Taungtha) whereof over 178,167 people benefitted. A short step from improved WASH to healthier communities aimed at providing communities with high-quality hygiene education focusing on zero open defecation (ZOD), improved sanitation and access

Mainstreaming Climate Change in Town Planning in Myanmar

Mainstreaming climate change considerations in the planning process is crucial, especially considering that Myanmar ranks second in list of most affected countries by climate extreme events between 1996-2015 (Global Climate Risk Index 2017). Adaptation to climate-related hazards will require Town planning that involves governmental institutions, academia, private sector as well as a high level of

Building capacities to address climate change in Myanmar

The Myanmar Climate Change Alliance (MCCA) was launched in 2013 to support the Government of the Union of the Republic of Myanmar in addressing the challenges posed by climate change. MCCA is an initiative of the Environmental Conservation Department (ECD) of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MoNREC). It is funded by the


In 2016 the Myanmar Climate Change A lliance, comprised of UNHabitat, UN-Environment and the Ministry of Natur al Resources and Environmental Conservation, in collaboration with WWF and Columbia University conducted a detailed climate change vulner ability assessment of Pakokku Township. Pakokku is located in the western part of the central dry zone, on the west