News from UN-Habitat - Issue 17 - April 2016
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Report shows growing inequality in urban health

The joint UN-Habitat/WHO Global Report on Urban Health shows that inequalities in urban health are growing despite the opportunities that urbanisation brings. Read more...

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Urban Round Up

(1) Campaign to improve the lives of slum dwellers launched in South Africa:
UN-Habitat's Participatory Slum Upgrading Progamme (PSUP) has launched the 'Up for Slum Dwellers - Transforming a Billion Lives' campaign. In the presence of people living in slums, local and national governments, the private sector, research and academia, non-governmental organizations and the media, the launch took place during the Habitat III Thematic Meeting on Informal Settlements hosted by the Government of South Africa in Pretoria from 7-8 April 2016.,...more

(2) Bossaso road project breathes new life into port area:
The Bossaso "Lot 2" road project commenced on 12 October 2015 and was completed in February 2016. This road construction project, funded by Italian Cooperation, provides a vital link in the ongoing improvement of transportation infrastructure around Bossaso Port in Bossaso, Puntland State of Somalia. UN-Habitat worked closely with the Bossaso Municipality,...more

(3)UN-Habitat celebrates IDP Shelter Site in Iraq, Launches two further projects:
UN-Habitat organized a ceremony to mark the delivery of a new IDP shelter site in Kerbala and to launch two projects funded by the Government of Japan to support the humanitarian response and recovery activities in Iraq; the "Gender-sensitive Durable Shelter Support" and "Promoting Urban Recovery in Newly Liberated Areas in Iraq.",..more

(4) UN-Habitat and Lincoln Institute pilot a Global Municipal Database for Sustainable Urbanization:
Top officials from UN-Habitat and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy signed an agreement in Mexico City this month to create a pilot for a global municipal fiscal database that will result in the reporting of fiscal data for select cities in Asia, Latin America and Africa. The signing ceremony was attended by Dr. Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-Habitat, and George W. McCarthy, president of the Lincoln Institute,...more

(5) UfM and UN-Habitat join forces to promote sustainable urban development in the Mediterranean:
UN-Habitat Executive Director Dr Joan Clos and UfM Deputy Secretary General for Transport and Urban Development Ambassador Yigit Alpogan signed a Memorandum of Understanding to undertake joint actions for an integrated approach to socially and environmentally sustainable urban development.,...more

(6) UN Habitat publishes Persian version of International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning:
United Nations Habitat Office in Tehran has translated into Persian and published the 2015 edition of International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning. International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning: Towards a Compendium of Inspiring Practices (2015) comprises a sample of 26 international experiences in urban and territorial planning that have been developed by the Guidelines Expert Group and its associated networks.,...more

Focus On: Basic Services
Water and Sanitation

Unclean water poses serious health hazard risks, which have tangible impacts on education and economic activities due to illness impairment, especially amongst the most vulnerable population groups such as the urban poor. Prioritizing water and sanitation issues is therefore crucial in the overall urban development effort.

UN-Habitat set up high priority water and sanitation (WATSAN) programmes, now under the responsibility of its Urban Basic Services Branch, to help the UN member states attain the water and sanitation targets set by the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) and World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD),...more.
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Structural Transformation in Developing Countries: Cross Regional Analysis

Structural transformation is defined as the shift of an economy's structure from low-productivity, labour intensive activities to higher productivity, capital and skill intensive activities.

It is a long-term shift in the fundamental institutions of an economy and this explains the pathways of economic growth and development.

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