WASH in Nepal programme improves access to water and sanitation and promotes improved hygiene behaviours for positive impacts on health and development. as a means of improving the health of children and contributing to a clean and healthy learning environment.

UN-Habitat’s sanitation programme reached over
over 6.3 million people in 19 districts. 11 districts
are already declared open defecation free.
In 2019,
Nepal adopted a National Land Policy, after learning from UN-Habitat about inclusive land policies and strategies
UN-Habitat’s green growth programme supports
2 settlements directly and 10 indirectly,
all with invaluable built and cultural heritage.

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Leaving no one and no place behind

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The prioritisation of human rights addresses the structural causes of inequalities and discrimination in an integrated manner. Urbanisation can only be sustainable if it is human rights based, and living conditions can only be improved for all if everyone’s human rights are comprehensively promoted and protected. UN-Habitat applies the Human-Rights Based Approach to address inequalities and discrimination, reaching the furthest behind first by placing power relationships in human settlements at the heart of its analysis and action.

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The programme has involved both male and female to participate in the project conceptualization to implementation. Beneficiaries are women, children, men and youth.

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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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