Since 2015 UN-Habitat provides technical assistance to the national and local government of Sao Tome and Principe on Policies, Plans and Strategies related to Housing, Sustainable Urban Development, Slum Upgrading and Urban Resilience for climate change. More specifically, UN-Habitat has chosen to work on the following axes: · Promoting the urban resilience · Improvement of informal settlements and promotion of a more equitable urban development, through the development of infrastructure and basic urban services · Transform Sao Tome and Principe cities in resilient and inclusive urban centres as to the effects of climate change

Population (2018)
Total value of projects
US$ 10,283,388
No. of projects (2014 - 2019)
Total: 2

Following the global trend of growth, the urban population rate in Sao Tome and Principe is now 72.8%, 1 quarter of the inhabitants, approximately 56 thousand inhabitants, are living in Sao Tome, the capital of the country. In Island of Principe has an area of 142 km2 and a young population of approximately 8,400 inhabitants.

According to INE - National Institute of Statistics, 94% of the population has access to drinking water and 42% have access to basic sanitation. It is also noted that 60% of this population has access to the electricity grid.

133 new houses, about 504 people benefited, and related the construction, the new neighbourhood has been built using the most environmentally friendly constructions techniques available
2 Municipalities implemented the City Resilience Action Planning Tool (CityRAP) aimed at developing the capacity of local governments
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The urban population annual growth rate is 3.41%
The percentage of the total population that is urban is 71.97%

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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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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Donors and partners

The success of UN-Habitat’s work in Sao Tome and Principe is dependent on a number of successful partnerships. Through the programme, UN-Habitat identifies and mobilizes diverse international and local partners who can contribute to several initiatives promoted by the Agency in the country.


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Cesaltino Fernandes
National Technical Advisor
ROAf – Regional Office for Africa/ Sao Tome Country Office
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