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Transforming Global Urban Data 2023-2029

Humanity’s present and future is urban. We live in an urban world and now is the time for leaders to think, plan and act urban. Yet, still today, the gaps in the availability of urban data remains critically significant. This represents a major risk to the design and execution of effective policy interventions and investments towards sustainable urbanization. The need for scaling up the availability, quality and systematic use of urban data is clear. 

UN-Habitat is uniquely positioned to be a Global Center of Excellence for Urban Data and Analytics.To realize this vision, UN-Habitat requires robust data and analytics to track the latest dynamics and propose cutting edge solutions and innovations towards sustainable urbanization.

Enhancing UN-Habitat’s urban data and analytics capabilities is therefore necessary to deliver its mandate. UN-Habitat plays a central role in the work of the United Nations in monitoring and reporting of sustainable urbanization and human settlements statistics and urban conditions globally. Within the SDG framework, UN-Habitat is a major contributor to SDG 1, 6, 7 and 11 where the organization is a custodian agency for 7 of the 15 indicators under SDG 11 and supports the monitoring and reporting of 5 other indicators under Goal 11 and 4 other indicators under Goal 1 and 6 goals. Therefore, UN-Habitat is a recognized contributor within the United Nations statistical system for data and statistics on cities and human settlements. Under this support, UN-Habitat is responsible for a range of initiatives defining the key concepts, methodologies and approaches for the monitoring of global urbanization trends and capacity building support for cities and member states.