South Sudan Mayors debate Urbanization Challenges
Juba, 22 October 2014 – Random spatial growth, unplanned urban expansion...
- Posted October 22, 2014
Sustainable Urbanization for Poverty Eradication – Kigali Declaration
The Kigali Declaration during the 2nd Tripartite Conference ACP/EC/UN-Habitat.
Habitat III Conference’s Art and Design Consultant,(New York ), Deadline: 26th OCTOBER 2014
Download PDF Version TERMS OF REFERENCE Conceptualization and Design of...
Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme Brochure 2014
The PSUP approach is based on the recognition that slum...
2014 Mentors – Urban Youth Fund Mentorship Programme
Alexander Meek Alex’s career has spanned across multiple industries and...
We, the participants gathered in Rabat, Morocco, from 26 to...
Making Slums History: A Global Challenge for 2020 International Conference, Rabat: Morocco, 26 – 29 November 2012
According to UN‐Habitat estimates, between the year 2000 and 2010...
South Sudan Mayors debate Urbanization Challenges
Urban Thinkers Campus: Towards a Participatory and Inclusive Habitat III
UN-Habitat continues support to the Kenya Municipal Programme (Phase 2)
Youth celebrated for their role in social innovation in India
UN-Habitat commemorates International Day for Disaster Reduction with Government...
- Hands-on Training on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for Youth Empowerment
- 20/10/2014 - 24/10/2014
- International Healthy Cities Conference
- 22/10/2014 - 25/10/2014
- 1st Ministerial and Experts Conference on Sustainable Transport (Africa Sustainable Transport Forum)
- 28/10/2014 - 30/10/2014
- World Cities Day
- Global Mayors Forum
- 01/11/2014 - 05/11/2014
Urban Basic Services
Urban basic services emphasis is placed on strengthening policies and institutional frameworks for expanding equitable access to urban basic services, especially for the poor. Policy and technical support is provided to partner countries and local authorities in the areas of water and sanitation, urban waste management, urban mobility and urban energy.
The main objective is to increase equitable access to urban basic services and the standard of living of the urban poor.
A key focus of Urban basic services area is the strengthening of policies and institutional frameworks for increasing equitable access to urban basic services and improving the standard of living of the urban poor. Policy and technical assistance is provided to partner cities and regional and national authorities as follows: first, to rehabilitate and expand urban infrastructure and services to keep pace with growing demand; second, to ensure institutional efficiency and effectiveness in service provision; and third to provide adequate levels of service for the urban poor. It also takes into account the needs and priorities of women, men and vulnerable groups in decision-making and the implementation of projects, and addresses the gender imbalances and inequalities in the provision of sustainable water and sanitation, urban infrastructure, energy, transport and waste management. The strategies for achieving the results in the four programmatic clusters of urban mobility and, urban energy, water and sanitation, urban waste management are as follows:
- Promoting sustainable mobility options with a particular emphasis on the needs of the urban poor in developing countries. The central task is to encourage transport policies and investments that contribute to improved urban productivity, reduce energy consumption and promote better living and working conditions for urban residents. Focus is placed on three strategic areas: global advocacy; knowledge dissemination and technical assistance in the development of national policy frameworks; and investment strategies for enabling sustainable urban mobility;
- Increasing access to modern, clean and reliable energy services for the urban poor. Emphasis also lies on energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy technologies by promoting renewable energy technologies and mainstreaming energy efficiency measures into housing policies, building codes and building practices. Key activities include demonstration projects, advocacy and raising awareness of the importance of energy for sustainable and equitable development and participatory engagement in policy and legislation;
- Supporting efforts by Governments in developing countries in their pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals for water and sanitation. This is achieved through city-level demonstration projects, institutional strengthening of service providers and engagement in national policy and reform processes. Focus is also placed on advocacy and support for water and sanitation-related political processes, events to raise the profile of pro-poor urban water and sanitation issues and their integration into sector policy and practice;
- Enhancing the capacity of local actors in solid waste and wastewater management. Support is provided for pilot demonstration projects, including technical assistance in setting-up community-based solid waste management systems;
- Catalysing the flow of investment into urban basic services by forging strategic partnerships with regional development banks and bilateral donors. UN-Habitat provides pre-investment resources and the development banks will provide resources for the capital-intensive components of the interventions. The catalytic role is also achieved through city-level model demonstration projects, institutional strengthening of service providers and engagement in national policy and reform processes. Furthermore, it engages in advocacy efforts with other development partners with financial resources to replicate and scale up successful model projects.