"Many times we in Mexico are very focused on our local problems, in the historical moment that we are living in. The Urban Planning LAB provides new approaches to our challenges. What we try to do in the Urban Planning LAB is to think, to conceptualize and make plans, but most important to bring the plans on the ground, to make them happen in order to create a better quality of life and to have less differences between social classes for example"

Ernesto Betancourt, Director General for Projects, Construction and Infrastructure of the Public Space Authority of Mexico City

Transformative Projects and Programmes have been developed and completed in
The LAB has worked with over
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partners have been engaged including governments, private sector, multilateral banks and financiers, NGOs and many more

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Leaving no one and no place behind

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Deeply rooted in UN values and following UN-Habitat’s mandate to achieve the SDGs and to implement the NUA, the LAB ensures that projects and programmes are designed and implemented to maximise impact and leave no one behind. This is safeguarded not only at a strategic and programme level but also at a technical level, ensuring the implementation of projects ultimately contributes to equal rights and opportunities, as well as greater accessibility for all.

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How women experience the city significantly shapes how they can lead their lives, yet their specific needs and preferences are often overlooked. Promoting equal representation in decision-making and allowing women to become agents of change by giving direct input during all phases of the project lifecycle, the LAB raises awareness and empowers women to shape the cities they live in.

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Analytic research of the demographic composition of countries and cities as well as direct engagement with different population groups, provides the LAB with a solid understanding of the needs and preferences of children, youth and the elderly. Planning charettes and workshops allow different target groups to collaborate at eye-level, improving the potential of urban solutions to cater for all populations.

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Through inclusive participatory processes and specific design principles, the LAB develops and implements projects and programmes that ensure accessibility for all. By accommodating the needs and preferences of persons with disabilities in the design of urban solutions, the LAB actively contributes towards more equal and inclusive cities.

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Donors and partners

The LAB develops tailored partnerships for the definition and implementation of multi-scalar projects and programmes. Through participatory approaches, the LAB facilitates integration across institutional departments, different levels of government and civil society. The LAB connects governments with a diverse range of partners relevant to the different phases of the project cycle to develop tangible, realistic and impactful projects and programmes. By linking multilateral banks and financiers to transformative and feasible projects, financing mechanisms are identified that support implementation. The active building of partnerships between different experts, professionals, knowledge and academic partners, allows the LAB to provide suitable, evidence-based technical assistance and support to governments.

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