The challenge

Urbanisation is the most urgent challenge facing our planet. More than half of humanity lives in cities. Individuals and institutions responsible for making their city a sustainable and safe place to live and work in dignity need to have the skills, knowledge, competence and tools to steer cities towards a path of sustainable and inclusive urbanisation. Capacity building and training address these needs, helping city leaders and institutions to play their fundamental role in sustainable urban development.

Learn more about the Habitat UNI network and the Global Urban Lectures.

Impact

A public mobile phone application consultation on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal 11 reached nearly
10,000
citizens in over 800 Brazilian cities.
The Global Urban Lectures have been watched in more than 65 countries with over
166,000
individual views.
In 2018,
470
mayors, decision-makers, policy makers and urban experts from over 52 countries were trained in various topics on sustainable urbanisation.

News and Stories

“Citizen collaboration and transparency are the best tools to improve public management. The technology ensures that the dialogue with the population happens quickly, efficiently, and allows the results of this conversation to be measured, which facilitates the evaluation of public managers”.

Gustavo Maia, CEO and co-founder of Colab, UN-Habitat partner

Leaving no one and no place behind

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Capacity building in UN-Habitat embodies respect for human rights without distinction of any kind. Through these values we can empower all individuals to make use of their knowledge and skills in the creation of equitable and inclusive cities.

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It is only through equal opportunities for every gender that we can work towards universal access to knowledge and capacity development for all.

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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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In our work towards universal access to knowledge and capacity development, it is essential for training to be accessible for all. UN-Habitat works actively to ensure that online and offline workshops and trainings appropriately accommodate for people with disabilities.

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Donors and partners

Working with local and international partners including other UN agencies enables UN-Habitat to deliver capacity building, learning and peer-to-peer exchange enriched by examples, practices and case studies. Additionally, partnerships bring cutting-edge knowledge and expertise that help in finding creative and feasible solutions to local or national problems.

Our Experts

David Evans
Officer in Charge, Capacity Development and Training Unit

Related Sustainable Development Goals

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