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  • Sabils and Hammams in the world water day03-22-2010

    Continuing the successful kids events series (kids and Sabils) conducted by Damascus Governorate (old city directorate) in cooperation with IFPO, CIM and GTZ-UDP, The Sabils and Hammams event is held on the 22nd of March with the purpose of introducing kids to these two important heritage monuments Read more...

  • 02-2010 launching of the I.S rapid profile

    After the great efforts made by the Informal Settlements working team. The German Technical Cooperation and the Municipality of Aleppo, have the pleasure to announce the launching of "THE RAPID PROFILES OF ALL INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS IN ALEPPO" on the 15th of February 2010 at the Syndicate of Read more...

  • 02-2010 Sabils and fire-safety kids program

    Starting from 11th February, the Directorate of the Old City of Damascus, supported by the gtz-Project for the Rehabilitation of the Old City of Damascus, resumes the activities for children. Through a storyteller, a short animation film on water saving and a dialogue with the school classes, the Read more...

  • Signing of the Rehabilitation Fund Agreement in the Old City of Damascus

    The signing of the Rehabilitation Fund Agreement in the Old City of Damascus took place on Wednesday, January 13th 2010 in the Directorate of the Old City located at the Palace of Culture (Maktab Anbar). The agreement was between the Governorate of Damascus and two separate financial institutions: Read more...

  • Sabils kids events 2009

    The UDP project for the Rehabilitation of the Old City of (Governorate of Damascus/ Directorate of the Old City of Damascus and GTZ) has conducted 12 sabils kids events in cooperation with 7 different Syrian schools , including in total 452 kids varying in age from 7 to 12 years of both genders. The Read more...

  • 2009-06-6/13 German-Syrian music days

    Under the patronage of his Excellency Eng. Ali Manssoura the governor of Aleppo and his Excellency Dr. Andreas Reinecke the ambassador of the German Federal Republic, The German Embassy in Syria and the German Technical Cooperation GTZ are jointly organizing a one-of-a-kind musical event in Aleppo.7 Read more...

  • Week of Sabils in Damascus old city

    On Tuesday 9th of June, Damascus will witness a first of a kind week-long event fully dedicated to the old Damascene Sabils, under the sponsorship of the Damascus Governorate and the Syrian-German Technical Cooperation's Program for Sustainable Urban Development: Restoration of the Old City of Read more...

  • 2009-05-29 Art competition

    Art Competition In the run up to the Sabil week the rehabilitation of Damascus old city project is arranging an art competition with a topic related to Sabils and the Old City of Damascus. The competition period and the selection process should be in advance to the week, followed by an award Read more...

  • 2009-04-14 Energy strategy in the old city WS

    The Syrian-German Program for Sustainable Urban Development - Rehabilitation of the Old City of Damascus hosted a meeting with more than 25 institutions concerned with energy consumption. The goal was establishing an energy strategy for the old city of Damascus. Institutions represented included Read more...

  • 2009-04-04 Aleppo's Greening campaign

    The Directorate of Aleppo Old City confirms again its environmental commitment, working continuously to create a better environment for our beautiful city, and raising awareness towards the importance of trees and their traditional role in traditional houses as well as in the city itself. On Read more...

  • 2009-01-29 Signature of the implementation agreement

    The country director of the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) Dr. Magdy el Menshawy mutually signed with Dr. Tayseer al Reddawy the director of the Syrian State Planning Commission on behalf of the Syrian cabinet the master implementation agreement of the Program for Sustainable Urban Development Read more...

  • Workshop on rehabilitating and enhancing rooftops of the Old City of Damascus

    Under the patronage of Dr. Besher Al Sabban, Governor of Damascus, a workshop on rehabilitating and enhancing the rooftops in the Old City of Damascus was held on the 26th of January 2010 in the new auditorium of Damascus University’s Faculty of Architecture.The workshop brought together Read more...

  • 2009-02-03 Handing over Tartous report

    The manager of the GTZ Program for Sustainable Urban Development (UDP) visited Tartous governorate on Tuesday 3rd of February 2009 to hand over the final report on the preservation and development of the old city of Tartous to his Excellency the Governor of Tartous.The report's main themes had been Read more...

  • Issue # 1 - May 2009

    Urban Syria is the quarterly bulletin on urban issues by the Ministry of Local Administration . It is supported by the Program for Sustainable Urban Development in Syria (and a number of international donor agencies in the sector). What does Urban Syria mean to us and all contributors to this first Read more...

  • Issue # 2 - Sep 2009

    The 2nd issue of Urban Syria as the quarterly bulletin on urban themes by the Ministry of Local Administration concentrates on the upcoming Conference of Syrian Cities in Damascus from 28 - 29 September. In a joint effort the Ministry of Local Administration, selected cities and the Urban Read more...

  • Workshop on the preservation and development of the Old City of Tartous

    The GIZ-UDP holds in the 17th/11/2008 at the old city of Tartous a workshop with the title" conservation and development of the old city of Tartous", with the presence of H.E. the Governor of Tartous, mayors of Syrian cities and a number of the local administration representatives, and also the Read more...

  • Issue # 3 - Nov 2009

    The 3rd issue of Urban Syria focuses on the results of the First Arab-International Conference on Sustainable Urban Development in Syrian Cities. The conference demonstrated clearly, that a viable urban development policy for Syria depends on its sharing amongst a wide range of stakeholders; cities, Read more...

  • Issue # 4 - April 2010

    The 4th issue of Urban Syria shall serve to inform in more detail on an urban development project which has been going on rather unnoticed in Syria but widely disseminated internationally for the last two years. The city of Aleppo supported by the Cities Alliance in Washington, USA, and the German Read more...

  • 2009-09 The phase II programming workshop

  • Fifth World Urban Forum 03-2010

    In the course of the 5th World Urban Forum organized by UN-HABITAT in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Local Administration Mr. Sadek Abo Watfe participated at one of the central panels of the conference on “City Development – The Role of Central Read more...

  • 2009-03-24 Experts meeting on Aleppo western wall

    The Directorate of Aleppo Old City confirms again its environmental commitment, working continuously on creating a better environment for our beautiful city, and raising awareness about the importance of trees and their traditional role in traditional houses as well as in the city itself. Aleppo Read more...

  • The First Arab International conference on Sustainable Urban Development in Syrian Cities

    Under the patronage of His Excellency the Prime Minister Mohammad Naji Al-Otri, the First Arab International Conference on Sustainable Urban Development in Syrian Cities is held on 28th and 29th of September in Rida Said conference hall. The central vision of the conference is to provide Read more...