The project's objective is “to implement the voluntary and sustainable resettlement of the community of Roça Sundy, for improving their living conditions with full respect for human rights and through a participatory approach, applying special care to minimising the environmental and ecological impact during project implementation and focusing on enhancing the sustainable livelihood of community members.”

Following a participatory design process, a plan for the new neighbourhood and four housing typologies –for each household to choose among them– were developed and approved by the project partners, using as green as possible construction techniques.

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inhabitants were impacted by the project.

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Leaving no one and no place behind

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Respecting human rights, cultural diversity and leaving no one behind, the project represents a unique opportunity to establish solid conditions for one’s future development by accessing better housing and land tenure conditions, improved services and increased opportunities for getting better jobs, income generation activities and livelihoods.

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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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Sustainable urban development can only be achieved if persons with disabilities are included meaningfully in decision-making and are able to access their rights. UN-Habitat partners with representative groups and individual rights holders, as well as national and local governments, relevant UN bodies and civil society to maximize impact and to meaningfully ensure that the rights including accessibility and universal design of persons with disabilities are promoted, respected and protected. 

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Donors and partners

In 2011, Roça Sundy, with its beaches, forest and old farm buildings, was given in concession by the Regional Government of Príncipe to the private company Here Be Dragons (HBD). The latter is the biggest investor in the island, specialising in responsible tourism. As part of their investment to transform Roça Sundy into a hotel and a resort, HBD –for which many community members work for– agreed with the community to improve their housing conditions and, together with the Regional Government, requested UN-Habitat to lead a project with that aim, establishing a perfect set up for a Public-Private-People's Partnership. 

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Our Experts

Claudio Torres
UN-Habitat ROAF, São Tomé and Príncipe Country Office
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