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Global Report on Urban Health; Equitable, Healthier Cities for Sustainable Development
Housing, Land and Property Issues of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon from Homs City – November 2018

Housing, Land and Property Issues of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon from Homs City – November 2018

UN-Habitat and UNHCR present “Housing, Land and Property Issues of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon from Homs City” More info →
UN-Habitat Country Programme Document 2016 – 2021 – Uganda
World Water Development Report 2019: Leaving no one behind

World Water Development Report 2019: Leaving no one behind

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The 2019 edition of the World Water Development Report focuses on the theme of “Leaving No One Behind”. It argues that fulfilling the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation for all can also significantly contribute to the achievement of the broad set of goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: from food and energy security, to economic development and environmental sustainability. Based on the latest data, this report’s findings clearly illustrate the need to make substantial progress towards delivering on the 2030 Agenda promise of reaching the most vulnerable. More info →
World Cities Report 2016: Urbanization and Development – Emerging Futures

World Cities Report 2016: Urbanization and Development – Emerging Futures

The analysis of urban development of the past twenty years presented in this maiden edition of the World Cities Report shows, with compelling evidence, that there are new forms of collaboration and cooperation, planning, governance, finance and learning that can sustain positive change. The Report unequivocally demonstrates that the current urbanization model is unsustainable in many respects. It conveys a clear message that the pattern of urbanization needs to change in order to better respond to the challenges of our time, to address issues such as inequality, climate change, informality, insecurity, and the unsustainable forms of urban expansion. More info →
Working for a Better Urban Future-Annual Report 2018

Working for a Better Urban Future-Annual Report 2018

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This is the fifth Annual Performance Report on progress made in the implementation of the six-year strategic plan (2014-2019) and delivery of the biennial work programme for 2018-2019. The strategic plan is being implemented through three consecutive biennial work programmes and budgets and this is the final phase. The 2018 Annual Performance Report has been prepared in accordance with Governing Council resolution 26/3 of May 2017. In line with the request of Member States, the report presents progress made towards planned results (expected accomplishments), measured against their indicator targets for 2018/2019. In addition, the report describes results or changes realized in 2018 at local, national, regional and global levels with the contribution of UN-Habitat and partners. Some of the transformations taking place with UN-Habitat support are demonstrated through impact stories presented in each subprogramme. The report integrates result of inputs from the four Regional Offices, the countries they cover, as well as from the seven thematic branches. More info →
BI-ANNUAL Programme activity report

BI-ANNUAL Programme activity report

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A special edition thematic/country activities report, that gives a timeline highlight of UN-Habitat’s evolution, the relevant mandate and GA resolutions; we showcase consolidated impacts of our work focusing at this time on two regions: Asia and Pacific and the Arab States, using two country examples per region (Afghanistan and Philippines for Asia and Pacific; Iraq and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the Arab States). More info →
The State of European Cities 2016: Cities leading the way to a better future

The State of European Cities 2016: Cities leading the way to a better future

The State of European Cities report was prepared jointly by the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) to support the Urban Agenda for the EU and the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat III). More info →
21 Projects Compendium: Implementing the New Urban Agenda
Sustainable Urbanization in the Paris Agreement

Sustainable Urbanization in the Paris Agreement

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Sustainable Urbanization in the Paris Agreement’ – a comparative review of Nationally Determined Contributions for Urban Content”, a UN-Habitat publication coming on the heels of Habitat III, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and COP22. The adoption of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) on 20 October 2016, and the entry into force of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change two weeks later, on 4 November 2016, are a strong first step toward the immediate implementation of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, in urban- and climate change related matters. In this final version of the publication, UN-Habitat analyzes the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) towards the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, with a special focus on the urban context, in order to understand better the roles of member states in urban climate action. The result is very encouraging: over two-thirds – 113 out of 164 – of the submitted NDCs show clear urban references and content, establishing the relationship between sustainable urbanization and climate action. Through the New Urban Agenda and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, UN-Habitat stands ready to support member states to implement their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). More info →
Final Evaluation: Promoting low emission urban development strategies in emerging economy countries’ (Urban-LEDS), December 2016
53 UN-Habitat Model Projects 2013/2014

53 UN-Habitat Model Projects 2013/2014

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The efforts of UN-Habitat have been focused on building a brighter future for developing cities, which are most in need of support in guiding the process of urbanization. More info →
Global Activities Report 2017

Global Activities Report 2017

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UN-Habitat’s Global Activities Report (GAR) 2017 aims to provide updates of the Agency’s programmatic delivery at the global, regional and national levels for the years 2015-2016. There has been a growing recognition of urbanization as an engine of sustainable development over the past two years, as reflected in the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Other important recent global agreements as indicated in the report also emphasize the role of urbanization and local authorities in promoting resilience and risk reduction as well as in mitigating and adaptation to climate change around the world. Against this background, GAR 2017 focuses on selected normative and operational activities initiated by the Agency in collaboration with partners to support governments at various levels in planning and designing appropriate national urban policies and building institutional and human capacities for sustainable urbanization. In particular, this report pays tribute to the partnerships we have established in support of the NUA and the SDGs in pursuit of a better urban future for all. UN-Habitat’s global initiatives are focusing on supporting countries and cities to establish the foundation for harnessing the power of urbanization for sustainable development, peace and security and human rights, ensuring that no-one and no space is left behind. At the country level, the Agency aims at supporting governments in the formulation of appropriate policies and strategies related to sustainable urbanization, promoting national and local ownership of joint operations. Our technical advisory services and capacity building also contribute to the development and implementation of urban development policies as key pillars of UN-Habitat’s interventions. It is expected that the Report 2017 will contribute to a better understanding of our activities and highlight the partnerships that provide political, technical and financial support much needed for the success of our work. More info →
The Challenge of Slums – Global Report on Human Settlements 2003

The Challenge of Slums – Global Report on Human Settlements 2003

The Challenge of Slums presents the first global assessment of slums, emphasizing their problems and prospects. It presents estimates of the numbers of urban slum dwellers and examines the factors that underlie the formation of slums, as well as their social, spatial and economic characteristics and dynamics. It also evaluates the principal policy responses to the slum challenge of the last few decades. The report argues that the number of slum dwellers is growing and will continue to increase unless there is serious and concerted action by all relevant stakeholders. The report points the way forward and identifies the most promising approaches to achieving the Millennium Declaration target on improving the lives of slum dwellers. More info →
Kalobeyei Photobook

Kalobeyei Photobook

This book illustrates a settled community of Turkana people, already at the 3rd or 4th generation of lifestyle shift. Through a workshop with Turkana Youth, UN-Habitat has conducted a two folded exercise: on one hand a youth group was led to discover elements of being settled as a community, through exploring typologies of living space and livelihood, elements of sustainability and self-reliance but on the other hand, the workshop provided valuable skill training in the art of photography. More info →
Construction of More Equitable Cities

Construction of More Equitable Cities

This book teaches us that the fight against inequality requires the establishment of a new governance paradigm which coordinates efforts, strengthens formal coordination mechanisms, establishes joint responsibilities and provides the resources and incentives necessary at every level of government. Responsibilities should be shared in such a way as to facilitate a more decisive and better coordinated way of confronting inequality in cities. More info →
The State of Addis Ababa 2017: The Addis Ababa we want

The State of Addis Ababa 2017: The Addis Ababa we want

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The State of Addis Ababa 2017 report is aimed at providing a comprehensive assessment of existing socioeconomic and environmental conditions in the city, shedding light on the impacts of on-going fast paced urbanization. The report addresses policy makers and city planners and makes bold recommendations on how resources can be strategically developed and managed to sustainably meet the needs of the urban population of today and the future, improve the short- and long-term wellbeing of citizens and transform Addis Ababa into the city that the citizenry wants. More info →
UN-Habitat Global Country Activities Report: 2015 – Increasing Synergy for Greater National Ownership

UN-Habitat Global Country Activities Report: 2015 – Increasing Synergy for Greater National Ownership

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The UN-Habitat Global Activities Report formally the Operational Activities Report is an historical progress report to the Governing Council that takes into account the development made in addressing the UN-Habitat’s project portfolio at the national, regional and global levels. More info →
Planning Law Assessment Framework

Planning Law Assessment Framework

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Ensuring that planning laws fulfill their functions as effectively as possible means that they are frequently under scrutiny as contexts and needs change. The Planning Law Assessment Framework, developed by the Urban Legislation Unit of UN-Habitat, is a quick self-assessment tool that aims to identify the strengths and weaknesses of an urban planning legal system. It looks at the laws, regulations and decrees that are applicable in a city, and enacted at different levels. More info →
Advancing Economic Citizenship for Children and Youth in Sub Saharan Africa

Advancing Economic Citizenship for Children and Youth in Sub Saharan Africa

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This joint publication by CYFI and UN-Habitat examines youth economic citizenship in Sub-Saharan Africa. This publication provides an overview of economic citizenship, explains how it is relevant to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and provides research findings on its application in the region. Detailed case studies are provided on financial literacy and financial education initiatives for children and youth in Kenya, South Africa, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. More info →
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