UN-Habitat Partnership Strategy – 2017-2022

The importance of stakeholder participation and partnerships towards achieving sustainable development is expressed in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 16 and 17, and in numerous paragraphs of the New Urban Agenda (NUA), (1, 4-6, 11, 15, 21, 91, 96, 126, 128, 149, 153-4, 162-3, 165, 168-9, 171, and 172), the outcome document of the third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), held in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016.

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Mayoral commitments on climate action represent nearly 10% of world's population

Bonn, 12 November 2017 – City commitments to reducing global greenhouse gas emissions announced at the UN climate change summit in Bonn, represent nearly seven million people, or roughly one in every 10 people on the planet.

The commitments, made under the Global Covenant of Mayors and presented in a new impact document at COP23, demonstrate the unquestionable position of cities around the world to make real and significant impacts to climate action.

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Associations representing more than 80,000 planners globally join forces on climate action

Bonn, 11 November 2017 – A new initiative launched today by UN-Habitat and its partners brings together associations of urban and regional planners from around the world to contribute to the debate and decisions on climate action.

While urban areas account for around two-thirds of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions from global energy use, one of the key communities shaping the way cities grow – planners – have to date been predominantly omitted.

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Asunción and Maputo building urban resilience with the support of UN-Habitat

Madrid 9 November 2017---In the framework of the joint initiative between the European Commission, UNISDR and UN-Habitat, ‘Making Cities More Sustainable and Resilient’, UN-Habitat has initiated a series of training sessions for technicians from the cities of Asunción (Paraguay) and Maputo (Mozambique).

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Innovative governance celebrated on World Cities Day

Guangzhou, 31 October 2017 - UN-Habitat joined partners around the world in celebrating World Cities Day under the theme Innovative Governance, Open Cities.

The global celebration was marked in Guangzhou, China, where Dr Joan Clos, UN-Habitat's Executive Director, delivered his official statement and in Shanghai, where he unveiled an urban statue dedicated to the day, which promotes the challenges and opportunities posed by sustainable urbanization.

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New countries and cities to benefit from low emission development support

Nairobi, 20 October 2017 – The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), are expanding their work on low emission planning to a further four countries.

A second phase of the flagship project, "Accelerating climate action through the promotion of Urban Low Emission Development Strategies", or "Urban-LEDS II" for short, will run from 2017 - 2021. The project is funded by the European Union.

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April 2017 Executive Summary and full UN-Habitat Partnership Strategy

The importance of stakeholder participation and partnerships towards achieving sustainable development is expressed in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 16 and 17, and in numerous paragraphs of the New Urban Agenda (NUA), (1, 4-6, 11, 15, 21, 91, 96, 126, 128, 149, 153-4, 162-3, 165, 168-9, 171, and 172), the outcome document of the third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), held in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016..

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Building resilience to support restitution of displaced persons with Displacement Solutions

Barcelona, 11 October 2017 - A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between UN-Habitat and Displacement Solutions, an organisation working on rights-based land solutions to climate displacement, outlining a framework for collaboration between the two organisations; globally, regionally, nationally, and at city-level.

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Call for recognition of power of youth from informal settlements at UN General Assembly

New York, 22 September 2017 – Youth took centre stage at the United Nations General Assembly, calling to be liberated from the margins and welcomed into the centre of decision-making, based not only on their right to be there but their actions in creating economically and socially inclusive and dynamic societies.

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