UN-Habitat has worked since 2018 with the Plurinational State of Bolivia, and the support of the Swedish Agency for International Development Cooperation, in the development of a national urban policy, called Cities Policy.

This State policy becomes the strategic instrument to guide urban development in Bolivia. It identifies and proposes policy action to address the great challenges and take advantage of the opportunities posed by the urbanization process with the aspiration of contributing to the diversification of the economic model, deepening the reduction inequalities and ensure sustainability.

The Cities Policy was presented on October 7th, 2020 and has now entered its implementation stage at the nationwide, with a particular focus at city level, and the participation of wide scope of urban stakeholders, including civil society, the academia and the private sector.

Population (2018)
11.2 million
Total value of projects
US$ 7,544,007
No. of projects (2014 - 2019)
Total: 1
Urban numbers
67.5 per cent of the population lives in cities and it is estimated for the year 2030, this figure will reach 80 per cent.
Bolivia has an average annual inter-urban growth of 5.4 per cent, greater than the population growth of 2.2 per cent.
The urban population annual growth rate is 1.99%

Leaving no one and no place behind

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The prioritisation of human rights addresses the structural causes of inequalities and discrimination in an integrated manner. Urbanisation can only be sustainable if it is human rights based, and living conditions can only be improved for all if everyone’s human rights are comprehensively promoted and protected. UN-Habitat applies the Human-Rights Based Approach to address inequalities and discrimination, reaching the furthest behind first by placing power relationships in human settlements at the heart of its analysis and action.

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Men and women, boys and girls experience cities in very different ways, and face various challenges and needs that cities have to address. UN-Habitat promotes the stronger commitment of national and local governments as well as other relevant stakeholders to work towards the realization of a world in which men and women are recognized as equal partners in development and enjoy equal human rights so that economically productive, socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable cities and other human settlements can be achieved more rapidly, completely and sustainably.

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Sergio Blanco Ania
UN-Habitat Bolivia

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