Advancing UN-Habitat's collaboration with China: Clos visits Beijing, Shanghai

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.

亚洲城市状况报告2010/2011 (The State of Asian Cities 2010/11)

报告直面当前国家和地方政府、商界和民间社会组织所面临的问题和挑战。报告高屋建瓴地阐明了在整个亚太地区的各种规模、处于不同发展阶段的国家所进行的财富和创新实践的积累。它告诉我们只要公共部门、私营部门和志愿机构精诚合作,可持续的人类住区就触手可及。这份报告同样强调了一系列关键问题,如人口与经济发展问题、贫穷与不平等问题、环境问题、全球气候变化问题、城市管理问题等。我们希望通过鼓励新的思路和新的措施,促进亚太地区的包容性、可持续性的城市发展。

亚洲的低成本土地和住房 (Affordable Land and Housing in Asia)

在大多数国家中,获取低成本土地和住房是当前的一个严峻挑战。虽然不同的国家和地区面临的挑战各有差别,但一个普遍存在的事实是对大多数城市居民来说,获得并持有适足且低成本的土地和住房正变得越来越困难。《适足住房丛书》的前四册记述了在四个面临着严峻的低成本问题的地区中的低成本土地和住房现状:拉丁美洲和加勒比地区、亚洲、非洲、欧洲和北美[联合国欧洲经济委员会(United Nations Economic Commission for Europe)成员国]。每一册均首先探讨了住房条件、住房可得性、住房质量和住房保有权形式的主要发展趋势。随后,每册针对日益严峻的低成本性问题和不合标准的住房条件改善问题,分析了相应的住房政策。最后,为地方、国家和国际的政策措施提供了一些能够增加相应地区低成本住房供给的关键性建议。

The State of Asian and Pacific Cities 2015. Urban transformations: Shifting from quantity to quality

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.

United Nations report calls for urgent response to harness Asia-Pacific’s urban transformation

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.

Right to Develop: Planning Palestinian Communities in East Jerusalem

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.

Japan and UN-Habitat to provide shelter support in Nepal before and during monsoon

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.

Knowing Kabul. A potential powerhouse of social and economic development

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.