UN-Habitat in Tuvalu

Country Information

The Pacific has a very rapid rate of urbanisation and high population growth and is not well enough prepared to cope with the challenges and opportunities that urban growth presents. UN Habitat is well placed to assist Tuvalu to improve its urban management and planning practices and enable new thinking and actions about how best to evolve cities, towns and peri-urban areas for the future.

The agency provides training, expert advice, proven tools and methodologies for small-medium sized urban centres within alignment of national needs and demands as articulated in National Development Strategies. In the Pacific, this is framed in assisting countries meet their commitments to the Pacific Urban Agenda (Initiative 13.5, Pacific Plan).

Tuvalu has an urban population of over 5,000, of which over 100% reside in the capital city/atoll of Tuvalu. The country is confronting challenges related to growth - urban poverty and employment, housing, environmental risk, land administration and infrastructure provision and maintenance. The NSSD “Te Kakeega II’ Improving Urban Management in Funafuti highlights the Ministry of Home Affairs & Department of Lands and Survey (including other relevant key sectors) responsible for the development of the urban management plan for Funafuti. Planning for climate change and adaptation actions are of key importance to Tuvalu’s who’s entire population resides on land where elevation is below 5 metres.

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Sarah Mecartney, HPM-Pacific,
Level 5, Kadavu House, 414 Victoria Parade
Suva, Fiji
Email: mecartney-unhabitat@un.org


Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme, Funafuti, Vaitupu
Regional knowledge Management: Strengthening Pacific Urban Agenda Implementation
Key partners are the Ministry of Home Affairs and Rural Development and the Kapule (local government)

UN Habitat remains the key urban advocate in Tuvalu, working closely with CLGF in the past (national urban dialogue 2010) and maximises opportunities for continued building awareness of both national and development partners surrounding the benefits of improved management of urban growth.

The PSUP has provided initiative for strengthening relationships between national and sub-national government and opportunity to progress analysis of past urbanisation and housing studies (ESCAP) in support of national goals for sustainable urban environments and a suggested national urbanisation policy. The PSUP country team has incorporated the PSUP activities and principles into the MHARD corporate plan for 2014-16. Priorities include the improvement of access to housing and affordability and the continuance of good governance efforts through strengthened partnerships with local government and other partners.