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Guide to Monitoring MDG Target 11

Guide to Monitoring MDG Target 11

This guide represents a milestone in the efforts of the United Nations to monitor the Millennium Development Goals adopted by the UN member states in the year 2000. More info →
Slums of the World: The face of urban poverty in the new millennium

Slums of the World: The face of urban poverty in the new millennium

The current paper presents the results of a first global enumeration of slums at the country level. The data are analyzed and comparisons established at sub-regional and regional levels while trying to understand what is happening globally. This document is the culmination of attempts to come to grips with changes in the way we measure slums, starting by providing an agreed universal definition of this type of settlements and a clear methodological approach. The preliminary estimations presented in this document represent a baseline year level that permits the preparation of quantitative estimates for future trends. By providing the methodology and the quantitative knowledge base, the document strives to enhance the use of information on urban poverty, as a powerful policy-making tool to help induce the desired structural changes for poverty alleviation. More info →
Rental Housing: An essential option for the urban poor in developing countries

Rental Housing: An essential option for the urban poor in developing countries

Demonstrates that most arguments leading to the current bias against rental housing are highly flawed. Argues for more tenure-neutral housing policies, and urges governments to modify regulatory frameworks, develop credit programmes and other forms of assistance to support housing production, with a view to creating more rental housing and to improve the existing stock. More info →
Water and Sanitation in the World’s Cities: Local Action for Global Goals

Water and Sanitation in the World’s Cities: Local Action for Global Goals

The world’s governments agreed at the Millennium Summit to halve the number of people who lack access to safe water, mainly in the world’s cities, by 2015. With rapidly growing urban populations the challenge is immense. Water and Sanitation in the World’s Cities is a comprehensive and authoritative assessment of the problems and how they can be addressed. This influential publication by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) sets out in detail the scale of inadequate provision of water and sanitation. It describes the impacts on health and economic performance, showing the potential gains of remedial action; it analyses the proximate and underlying causes of poor provision and identifies information gaps affecting resource allocation; it outlines the consequences of further deterioration; and it explains how resources and institutional capacities – public, private and community – can be used to deliver proper services through integrated water resource management. More info →
Water Demand Management Cook Book

Water Demand Management Cook Book

This document was produced through a joint initiative of the United Nations Human Settlement Programme UN-Habitat in association with Rand Water. More info →
UNHRP Working Paper No. 1: Monitoring housing rights: Developing a set of indicators to monitor the full and progressive realisation of the human right to adequate housing

UNHRP Working Paper No. 1: Monitoring housing rights: Developing a set of indicators to monitor the full and progressive realisation of the human right to adequate housing

This background paper for the 2003 expert group meeting on housing rights monitoring presents a framework for the development of a set of housing rights indicators. A set of 6 housing rights elements and 17 housing rights indicators is proposed in the report. More info →
Operational Activities Report 2002

Operational Activities Report 2002

Operational Activities Report 2002 More info →
Forward Looking Evaluation of Gender Mainstreaming in UN-Habitat

Forward Looking Evaluation of Gender Mainstreaming in UN-Habitat

Since 1991, UN-Habitat has been implementing programmes addressing women’s empowerment and gender mainstreaming in its’ overall activities. This evaluation assesses what the Women and Habitat Programme (WHP) and the Gender Unit have achieved in these areas. The Evaluation also focuses on understanding the relevance of UN-Habitat partnership with organizations dealing with women and habitat issues. Information and views were gathered from UN-Habitat staff and documents, as well as key partners. In addition, selective case studies were carried out in Tanzania and Ecuador, to assess the effectiveness of WHP’s operational programmes. The evaluation report outlines the history, lessons learned, useful indicators for gender mainstreaming; and recommendations for strengthening gender mainstreaming in UN-Habitat’s future work. More info →
Gobernanza y Seguridad Urbana en América Latina y el Caribe ( Serie: Aprendiendo de la Innovación, 2004)

Gobernanza y Seguridad Urbana en América Latina y el Caribe ( Serie: Aprendiendo de la Innovación, 2004)

Gobernanza y Seguridad Urbana en América Latina y el Caribe ( Serie: Aprendiendo de la Innovación, 2004) More info →
The Challenge of Slums – Global Report on Human Settlements 2003

The Challenge of Slums – Global Report on Human Settlements 2003

The Challenge of Slums presents the first global assessment of slums, emphasizing their problems and prospects. It presents estimates of the numbers of urban slum dwellers and examines the factors that underlie the formation of slums, as well as their social, spatial and economic characteristics and dynamics. It also evaluates the principal policy responses to the slum challenge of the last few decades. The report argues that the number of slum dwellers is growing and will continue to increase unless there is serious and concerted action by all relevant stakeholders. The report points the way forward and identifies the most promising approaches to achieving the Millennium Declaration target on improving the lives of slum dwellers. More info →
The age of digital opportunity connecting the generations – A contribution in support to the World summit on the Information Society (WSIS): Guide to Monitoring Target 11

The age of digital opportunity connecting the generations – A contribution in support to the World summit on the Information Society (WSIS): Guide to Monitoring Target 11

The Guide represents a milestone in the efforts of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme to monitor the Millennium Development Goals adopted by the UN members states in the year 2000. UN-HABITAT has been assigned the responsibility to assist governments in monitoring and eventually attaining the global “Cities without Slums” Target of improving the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers. This guide offers not only the definition related to urban poverty and slums but also a hierarchy of indicators at the operational level and specific ways to measure them. More info →
The age of digital opportunity connecting the generations – A contribution in support to the World summit on the Information Society (WSIS)

The age of digital opportunity connecting the generations – A contribution in support to the World summit on the Information Society (WSIS)

The age of digital opportunity connecting the generations - A contribution in support to the World summit on the Information Society (WSIS) More info →
Handbook on Best Practices, Security of Tenure and Access to Land – Implementation of the Habitat Agenda

Handbook on Best Practices, Security of Tenure and Access to Land – Implementation of the Habitat Agenda

This handbook identifies recent innovations at the global level in the field of land management and pinpoints land tenure trends. More info →
Building materials and construction technologies: Annotated UN-Habitat bibliography

Building materials and construction technologies: Annotated UN-Habitat bibliography

Summary of existing UN-HABITAT publications, reports and other documents on building materials and construction technologies. Provides readers with an overview of work undertaken by UN-HABITAT in these fields during the last two decades. Provides a general introduction and summary of each reviewed report, as well as an indication of their availability in printed and/or electronic formats. More info →
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