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In 2018,an estimated 27 percent (13 million) of Kenya’s population lived in cities and towns, of varied sizes, across the country. Towards the year 2050, this share will approach 50 percent of the total country population, which will be an equivalent of 44 million people. More info →
This Toolkit provides minimum standard guidelines and practical tools for creating safer and more accessible public transportation systems for women in African cities. It aims at showing public transport operators how to improve their services for women and at local and national government authorities. UN-Habitat and the Flone Initiative developed the Toolkit based on the research conducted in Nairobi, Kenya, showing that women have travel patterns from men and often experience sexual harassment in the streets or on public transport. More info →
Progress of wastewater treatment – Piloting the monitoring methodology and initial findings for SDG 6.3.1-English
The 2018 report on progress of wastewater treatment presents the monitoring methodology and preliminary estimates for domestic wastewater for 79 mostly high- and middle-income countries. The report also includes supplementary data on safe use of wastewater. Separate files can be downloaded for each country showing data sources, methods and assumptions applied to generate estimates. More info →
UN-Habitat and UNHCR present “Housing, Land and Property Issues of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon from Homs City” More info →
En 1981 el Área Metropolitana de Bucaramanga (AMB) fue creada por mutuo acuerdo entre Bucaramanga, Floridablanca y Girón. Se acordó la creación de una entidad administrativa que gestionara las relaciones funcionales que en materia social, ambiental, económica, demográfica y cultural, existían entre dichos municipios1 . En 1984, el municipio de Piedecuesta se adhirió a esta iniciativa, consolidando así un territorio funcional en el que aproximadamente viven 1.2 millones de personas según datos de 2018 de su Observatorio Metropolitano. More info →
The State of Sri Lankan Cities 2018 presents the first comprehensive assessment of Sri Lanka’s recent urban development. The Report is a key output of the State of Sri Lankan Cities Project. It outlines a vision of a better urban future for all Sri Lankans, drawing on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and New Urban Agenda, as well as key Government of Sri Lanka strategic documents. The Report provides an analysis of the spatial attributes of Sri Lanka’s urbanization, an overview of its people and functions and examines city economies, urban housing, municipal services, urban connectivity and municipal transport, climate risk and resilience, and governance. More info →
UN-Habitat’s Global Public Space Programme, launched in 2012, is now active in more than 30 cities across the world. The programme’s objective is to promote public spaces as a keystone for sustainable cities to ensure good quality of life for all. This is done through policy guides, capacity building, knowledge sharing, carrying out advocacy work and actual implementation. More info →
Progress of wastewater treatment – Piloting the monitoring methodology and initial findings for SDG 6.3.1
SDG target 6.3 calls for improving ambient water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and increasing recycling and safe reuse globally. The indicators used to measure progress are SDG 6.3.1 “proportion of wastewater safely treated” and 6.3.2 “proportion of water bodies with good water quality”. Wastewater treatment is separated by domestic and industrial sources and domestic sources are further disaggregated by wastewater and faecal sludge from both facilities connected to sewers and septic tanks. Domestic wastewater is monitored in coordination with monitoring of indicator 6.2.1 on safely managed sanitation that also estimates containment, emptying, transport and treatment of wastewater and faecal sludge. Wastewater from economic activities is monitored by UN-Habitat and ambient water quality by UNEP GEMS-Water initiative. The 2018 report on progress of wastewater treatment presents the monitoring methodology and preliminary estimates for domestic wastewater for 79 mostly high- and middle-income countries. The report also includes supplementary data on safe use of wastewater. Separate files can be downloaded for each country showing data sources, methods and assumptions applied to generate estimates. The SDG 6.3.1 indicator report on “proportion of wastewater safely treated” describes the monitoring methodology developed and tested in consultation with wastewater experts, national sector experts and statistical authorities and harmonized with the International Recommendations for Water Statistics and established regional monitoring mechanisms. The report also presents preliminary estimates for domestic wastewater for 79 mostly high- and middle-income countries and includes supplementary data on safe use of wastewater. Separate files can be downloaded for each country showing data sources, methods and assumptions applied to generate estimates. Download the country files http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/monitoring/coverage/wastewater-country-files/en/ More info →
This collection of 20 case studies gives practical information to those involved in city planning on how to address the issues encountered with an approach that puts peoples’ health at the centre of design. The main purpose of gathering such information is to illustrate concretely what is needed in order to apply the key principles of the International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning that were approved by UN-Habitat’s Governing Council in 2015, and the benefits that will be gained by doing so. The examples in this Health Edition are those that actively contribute to human health through the improvement of the built and natural environment. Exploring the relationship between health and planning creates opportunities for more integrated planning practices and strengthens both the health and planning disciplines. These inspiring examples, and the lessons learned from them, will motivate all actors to include health into urban policies and city strategies. More info →
Environmental reviews, often in the form of environmental impact or strategic environmental assessments, play a fundamental role in the process of urban development. They are institutionalized decision-making arrangements in domestic legislation to address the environmental impacts and risks associated with a project. Strengthened environmental and social reviews in urban development processes and their integration into broader decision making frameworks will support the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and several of the Sustainable Development Goals by approving projects which are ecologically sensitive, socially-acceptable, and economically cost-effective. Six case studies in this book, from Uganda, South Africa, Fiji, Sri Lanka, Brazil, and the USA, present empirical evidence on the relationship between environmental and development decision-making in the urban context. The cases identify key implementation issues and options to address them efficiently at country and city levels. Building upon this, the work also outlines capacity building needs and coordination approaches that are appropriate to resource poor contexts. More info →
Urban Planning for City Leaders – A handbook for Kenya is a valuable source of information, inspiration and ideas on urban planning that is designed for city leaders and decision makers. By 2050, Kenya’s urban population is projected to reach 44 million people, which will be close to half (46 percent) of the total country population, from an estimated current urban population of 13.8 million people. Most cities will simply not be able to cope with the impact of population growth and other issues if they do not start preparing for them now. This means planning, designing, financing and implementing strategies for sustainable urban development, which involves: land use and urban form, affordable housing, mobility, water supply, energy, waste management, social and economic development, parks and open spaces, environmental management, community amenities, safety, climate change mitigation and adaptation, urban governance and much more. This handbook includes several “how to” sections on key aspects of urban planning, answers many of the questions that leaders are frequently asked, and features numerous examples of cities where urban planning made a significant, positive transformation. More info →