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Research and Capacity Building Branch


Participatory neighbourhood planning in Nepal. © UN-Habitat

The Urban Research and Capacity Development Branch monitors progress made towards the slum target laid out in the Millennium Development Goals and the Habitat Agenda, and seeks to improve knowledge on urban issues and to build capacity in dealing with urbanization at local, national, and global levels. Efforts are directed towards supporting the production of local urban knowledge and the establishment of observatories that collect and analyze urban data. Information and knowledge on best practice are also collected and disseminated. Additionally, it provides expertise to all urban stakeholders for developing institutional and individual capacity.

Head: Mr. Eduardo Moreno
  • Research Unit (RU),
  • Capacity Development Unit (CDU)
  • Global Urban Observatories Unit (GUO)


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