Working hand in hand with partners, UN-Habitat is working on improving public spaces.The importance of utilizing Minecraft rests on its ability to engage community members, especially youth from both genders, in a highly visual and intuitive manner that allows the expression of their needs and opinions. Minecraft is a critical tool for democratizing public space and broader spatial planning processes in a cost-effective and highly interactive manner.

Felix Vollmann focusses his talent on socially and politically relevant filmmaking. He has written, produced and directed films together with communities around the world and worked for several United Nations agencies like UN-Habitat, UNEP, UNESCO and UNODC. He also works with the German Government - together with GIZ and the Civil Peace Service – the last two films Simama and just how long were nominated for the German Human Rights film prize. He established a Film Production Ltd. company VollmannPro that operates between Nairobi and Berlin. You can see more of his works on

From 2013 – 2017, UN-Habitat partnered with the Government of Japan and the Government of Sri Lanka to support conflict affected communities to rebuild infrastructure facilities in the North and East of Sri Lanka. This video documentary highlights UN-Habitat’s participatory process of project implementation and the key project outputs of the programme including learning spaces, teachers’ quarters, preschools, community centres, internal access roads, storm water drainage systems and community storage facilities. The community assets constructed through this programme benefitted over 360,000 people in 250 villages in the districts of Batticaloa, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Mannar.

This video documentary highlights the key activities and outputs of the project “Human Development Initiative (HDI) through Empowerment and Settlement Improvement in the Plantation Settlements in Sri Lanka”. Funded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and implemented by UN-Habitat, the HDI project is contributing towards human development in Nuwara Eliya District. The key project outputs include capacity building of youth, communities and local authorities; increasing resilience of the communities through settlement planning and community infrastructure; and through awareness creation towards mainstreaming plantation settlements. The project is implemented in close collaboration with the Ministry of Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development. It is expected to benefit over 10,000 persons directly and 250,000 persons indirectly in Nuwara Eliya district.

A group of youths from Kisii County in Western Kenya who have benefitted from trainings by UN-Habitat and partners were part of the exhibitors at a trade fair held in the town recently.

The fair that was organised in collaboration with national government agencies saw the youth exhibit and sell products such as lamp shades, baskets, key holders and kitchen ware such as knife handles and cups.