Key Messages for Participatory City-Wide Slum Upgrading: Participatory Planning

Participatory planning that engages all stakeholders including slum dwellers, is a pre-condition for city-wide slum upgrading and inclusive sustainable urbanization. It has been identified as a fundamental approach in the Sustainable Development Goals.
Local and municipal authorities provide a strong platform to coordinate and mobilize stakeholders for city-wide slum upgrading and for integrating slum dwellers into the broader urban context.

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Key Messages for Participatory City-Wide Slum Upgrading: Participation

Participation in city-wide slum upgrading – incorporating the engagement of a broad range of stakeholders including slum dwellers themselves - is an asset.
It is a trigger for socio-economic development and institutional strengthening for pro-poor urban development, which are pre-conditions for inclusive and sustainable urbanization.

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Key Messages for Participatory City-Wide Slum Upgrading: Why Participatory City-Wide Slum Upgrading Matters

Participatory city-wide slum upgrading is a pre-condition and trigger for inclusive and sustainable urbanization. The approach strengthens everyone’s capacity to contribute and benefit from the advantages of urbanization, including slum dwellers themselves.

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Fact sheet Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP)

UN-Habitat’s Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP) - aims to address the inequitable and uneven urban development patterns represented by slums. It engages affected communities and key urban stakeholders, placing them at the centre of efforts to improve the lives of slum dwellers.

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Myanmar celebrates World Habitat Day

Yangon 5 October 2016-- Myanmar celebrated this year’s World Habitat Day, with the government reaffirming its commitment to make affordable housing a priority. UN Habitat representatives joined members of communities from a slum area in Hlaing Tharyar Township in Yangon’s periphery, who had organised a World Habitat Day whose theme was ‘Housing at the Centre’ celebration to draw attention to their lives.

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Housing at the centre of the New Urban Agenda

The shift towards a predominantly urban world makes the process of urbanization one of the most significant global trends of the 21st century. The significant transformation that has occurred in recent decades has given greater understanding and recognition to the role of urbanization in development. Towards Habitat III, UN-Habitat has concentrated efforts to re-establish the role of housing for the future of sustainable urbanization.

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