The objective of this review is to survey, inform and evaluate national urban policies and strategies developed by national governments in the Asia and Pacific region. The purpose of the review is to assist UN Habitat and other national and international stakeholders involved with urban policy and management in pre-dominantly middle to low income countries.
Shanghai – 23 July 2016. The Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Dr. Joan Clos, wrapped up a 3-day official visit to China, where he met several high-level officials and signed new agreements, further strengthening the collaboration between UN-Habitat and the Chinese government. Dr. Clos was in China upon invitation of Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of China.
This report on the state of Asian and Pacific cities is the second in the series first published by UN-Habitat (the United Nations Human Settlements Programme) and ESCAP (the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific) in 2010 then 2011.
Building on the findings and baseline data provided in the 2010 report, and in capturing both rapid change and new policy opportunities, The State of Asian and Pacific Cities 2015 seeks to further contribute to policy-relevant literature on the region’s urban change.
Jakarta, 19 October 2015 - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) today launched their much-anticipated report, The State of Asian and Pacific Cities 2015 at the Sixth Asian Pacific Urban Forum (APUF-6) taking place in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The ‘Right to Develop: Planning Palestinian Communities in East Jerusalem’ provides an overview of the planning praxis of Palestinian communities in East Jerusalem. Planning practice in the context of East Jerusalem is best understood as the set of strategies and policies needed to translate ideas about the right to the city into concrete action. Palestinian communities in East Jerusalem lack a number of planning rights and have little say in official planning consistent with their needs and aspirations.
Kathmandu, 13 May 2015 - In the wake of the earthquake that took place on 25 April in Nepal, the Government of Japan has decided to support UN-Habitat’s humanitarian response for shelter provisions prior and during the forthcoming monsoon. On 12 May, the Government of Japan announced a USD 800,000 Emergency Grant Aid through UN-Habitat to provide assistance in the districts of Sindhupalchowk, Dolakha, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur.
This paper examines the specific urban development challenges and opportunities facing the city of Kabul. It first presents the main findings from the State of Afghan Cities 2014/15 Programme land use and housing analysis.
It shows the dominance of agriculture, vacant plots, and institutional land uses, and high-density irregular and hillside housing, which characterise the urban form of the city. The paper concludes by recommending six strategic directions to harness Kabul as a driver of social and economic development in the coming decade.
Nairobi 30 April 2015— The United Nations has released the Flash Appeal for Response to the Nepal Earthquake, appealing for USD 415 million for the first three months. For the preparation of the emergency appeal, UN-Habitat collaborated with the Shelter, WASH and Early Recovery clusters.