• Valor total de las inversiones de ONU-Habitat (2008-2013): US$ 10,119,166
  • Número total de proyectos de ONU-Hábitat (2008-2013): 8 proyectos
  • Donantes principales: Fundação Vale, Prefeitura da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro (PCRJ), Fundação Euclides da Cunha (FEC), BASF Social Foundation (Germany), MDG Fund (PNUD-España), Brasil, Instituto Pereira Passos, FSADU
  • Asociados: ILO, PNUD, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNIFEM, The Special Secretariat of Policies for Women (SPM), the Special Secretariat for Policies to Promote Racial Equality (SEPPIR), PETROBAS, Universidad de Fluminense (UFF) & FEC, municipios, agencias gubernamentales brasileñas y ministerios
Vista general
Population (2018)
210.87 million
Total value of projects
US$ 4,937,472
No. of projects (2014 - 2019)
Total: 5
Infrastructure and services deficit mapped in around 150 informal settlements to orientate public policies.
More than 700 thousand inhabitants benefited from municipal actions in 208 communities in Rio de Janeiro, as a result of data-oriented public policies with a territorial and integrated perspective.
Over 40 municipalities and 1 state in Brazil had their City Prosperity Index (CPI) calculated.
Urban numbers
8.27 million Brazilians living in risk areas (approximately 9%). However, only 30.6% local governments adopt and implement strategies for disaster risk reduction (2013/2018)
41.4% of the urban population lives in informal and precarious settlements and inadequate housing (2010).
Rio de Janeiro is the 8th most vulnerable city in the world and São Paulo the 12th.
Fabrício Marques Santos, Secretary of Planning, Management and Estate at the State of Alagoas

“Building an official database with quality and disaggregated information on informal settlements in the “grotas” (slums) in Maceió is a challenge that the state of Alagoas needs to overcome. The Quick Participatory Mapping methodology is a major contribution of the project implemented by UN-Habitat in our state. It will provide local public servants with information to promote an evidence-based agenda of public policies in line with the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as their targets and indicators.”

Fabrício Marques Santos, Secretary of Planning, Management and Estate at the State of Alagoas

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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Youth, children and older persons, especially those in situations of particular risk of marginalization, such as girl child and female-headed households, are often excluded from access to housing, urban basic services, public spaces and infrastructure, and the overall benefits of urbanization. Young women and men have been a key focus of UN-Habitat’s work. The agency has successfully advocated for the role of youth as leaders in sustainable urban development, recognizing the guiding principle of the SDGs of “leaving no one behind,” and the New Urban Agenda vision of cities for all. 

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Sustainable urban development can only be achieved if persons with disabilities are included meaningfully in decision-making and are able to access their rights. UN-Habitat partners with representative groups and individual rights holders, as well as national and local governments, relevant UN bodies and civil society to maximize impact and to meaningfully ensure that the rights including accessibility and universal design of persons with disabilities are promoted, respected and protected. 

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Donors and partners

Most of the projects in Brazil are technical assistance undertaken through partnerships with municipalities and state governments in a diverse range of urban themes. In many of those projects, academia has an important role on providing evidences through specialised research, collecting data and monitoring indicators; while civil society has been essential to guarantee participatory processes and mobilising groups or communities. Throughout the years, strong relationship with the national government and nationwide organizations has also been crucial to raise awareness and support urban and regional development policies and initiatives on a federal level. Partnerships with the private sector has been important to support social responsibility initiatives and disseminate global agenda.

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