Urban Law Day 2018 Synopsis

The UN-Habitat Urban Legislation Unit (ULU), in collaboration with the University of London’s Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS), hosted the 5th Urban Law Day on Friday the 13th of July. The Urban Law Day 2018 topic was: Human Rights in Cities. The event was attended by a multi-disciplinary and international group of students, academia, drafters, legislators, planners, architects, policy makers, and parliamentarians from around the world, and UN-Habitat staff from country offices, regional offices and the Headquarters in Nairobi.

Urban Safety and Good Governance The Role of the Police

Throughout the world, violence, delinquency and fear undermine the basic right of individuals to live in peace and fully benefit from a healthy and sustainable community. These elements make no real distinction between prosperous and poor cities, and impose aconsiderable cost on the population, particularly through the decline of communities, the increase in health and security expenditures and the deterioration of investments. Violence and fear directly threaten life in society, good governance and the sustainable development of the world’s communities and neighbourhoods.

New survey explores spectrum of urban governance arrangements worldwide

Nairobi, 15 July 2015 - UN-Habitat, LSE Cities and the UCLG Committee on Decentralisation and Local Governance, have launched the 2015 edition of the Urban Governance Survey. The initiative, which runs until 30 September, aims to build a global database on current models of urban governance for public dissemination, comparative policy and research analysis.

Gender Responsive Urban Legislation, Land and Governance

More than half of the World’s population live in cities and that figure is expected to increase to almost 5 billion by 2030. This increase in urban population and changing understandings around how people experience urban living, and thus how planning and governance arrangements must be operationalized, calls on urban policy makers to recognize and respond to the emerging and different needs, concerns and interests of urban women, men, boys and girls.

GEAP - Gender Equality Action Plan (2014-2019)

What is the Gender Equality Action Plan (GEAP)? The Gender Equality Action Plan (GEAP) is the means to realize the The UN-Habitat Policy and Plan for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women in Urban and Human Settlements (2014-19). The GEAP has been developed through a consultative process inclusive of UN-Habitat Gender Equality Unit (GEU), UN-Habitat Gender Focal Points (GFPs), and the Advisory Group on Gender Issues (AGGI). It was finally presented at the annual AGGI meeting held during the World Urban Forum (WUF-7) for review and feedback.

News from the Local Government and Decentralization Unit (LGDU)

Global Consultation on Localizing SDG’  

Turin, Italy 13th -15th October 2014 - The Local Government and Decentralization Unit (LGDU) attended, the global consultation on localizing SDG’s in Turin, Italy. This was the last event amongst many of a process of national and regional consultations regarding the role and future of SDGs at the local level.

Hyderabad hosts Metropolis meeting

Hyderabad 14 September 2014 -The XI World Congress of Metropolis, the leading world association of major metropolises took place in the city of Hyderabad, India, last month . The theme of the Congress, Cities for All, represented the functioning of democracy for all its stakeholders and explored four broad sub themes - Urban Equity, Governance, Finance and Urban India.

Social Tenure Domain Model enhanced in Zambia

Nairobi, 10 October 2014 - A second Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM) training and planning workshop with the Mungule community in Zambia was held from earlier this month to pursue the data collection process in the Model’s pilot work. Pilot activities were launched in an initial workshop that was conducted in July 2014.

The three-day event took place in Mungule village, where the pilot activities are ongoing. A group of 20 community members, the majority of them women, participated.

Unidad De Gobiernos Locales Y Descentralización


ONU-Hábitat tiene el mandato específico dentro del sistema de Naciones Unidas de actuar como Punto Focal De Referencia Para Los Gobiernos Locales, incluyendo a municipios, áreas metropolitanas, regiones, provincias y otros niveles de gobierno territorial.

Los gobiernos locales son la esfera de gobierno más próxima al ciudadano y la primera puerta de participación popular en los asuntos públicos, adicionalmente, en la mayor parte de los países del mundo, tienen hoy la legitimidad de ser directamente elegidos por los ciudadanos.