This project will strengthen accountability systems in Latin American cities and support monitoring of government policies for achieving the SDGs, in particular the Goal 11. It provides opportunities for the establishment of mechanisms for dialogue between local governments and civil society in monitoring and overseeing the implementation of the SDGs at the local level. The project is demand-driven and addresses the measurement of public policies that aim at the achievement of Goal 11, covering issues ranging from housing, slum upgrading to public space, urban mobility and air quality amongst other relevant themes.

“I really believe that if you know the real needs of the population, authorities will be able to make decisions more assertively. Collaborating to make my city a sustainable city is awesome, and there is no better source for a city diagnosis than the citizens who live in that city.”

Igor Hemmings, Manager, Caçapava

A public mobile phone application consultation on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal 11 reached nearly
citizens in over 800 Brazilian cities.

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Leaving no one and no place behind

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Within this project we actively work to ensure well-balanced workshop participation in terms of gender.

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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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Both the processes and outcomes of this project take into account the needs of disabled persons. Trainings within this project is accessible for all, and outcomes of trainings include initiatives enhancing the city experience for disabled persons.

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Donors and partners

UN-Habitat serves as the overall coordinator and provides the basis and guidelines for the project activities. The partners are the focal point of communication between UN-Habitat and the different stakeholders of the city (civil society, academia, public and private sector), and together, we implement the initiatives

Our Experts

Claudio Acioly Jr.
Head Capacity Development Unit
WUF 10