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Lami Town, Republic of Fiji: Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

Lami Town, Republic of Fiji: Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

In Fiji, as in many areas in the Pacific, urban populations are located in highly hazard-prone areas in the coastal zone. Storm surges and sea-level rise can affect settlements, food production and infrastructure. A lack of basic services such as clean water supply and solid waste management can exacerbate the negative effects of climate change. Amid all this, the poorest are almost always the most vulnerable, as they have less access to infrastructure, basic services and social safety nets in the event of a disaster. More info →
Realising The Human Rights To Water And Sanitation: A Handbook By The Un Special Rapporteur Catarina De Albuquerque

Realising The Human Rights To Water And Sanitation: A Handbook By The Un Special Rapporteur Catarina De Albuquerque

The UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque, presented recently a new publication: Realizing the human rights to water and sanitation: A handbook. UN-Habitat has supported the work of the UN Special Rapporteur and welcomes this publication. More info →
Promoting Non-Motorized Transport in Asian Cities: Policymakers’ Toolbo

Promoting Non-Motorized Transport in Asian Cities: Policymakers’ Toolbo

Parallel to urbanization, Asia is undergoing rapid motorization. Asia is now home to around half a billion vehicles. It has been estimated that by 2035, both the vehicle population and motorization index will at least double in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region, China and India from current levels (2012). In many countries, vehicle growth rates are higher than gross domestic product (GDP) growth rates. Despite projected high number of vehicles for 2035, the projected motorization index for Asia will still be considerably lower than the current motorization index of the developed world. More info →
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

In Papua New Guinea, as in many areas in the Pacific, urban populations are often located in hazard-prone areas in the coastal zone. Storm surges and sea-level rise can affect settlements, food production and infrastructure. A lack of basic services such as clean water supply and solid waste management can exacerbate the negative effects of climate change. Amid all this, the poorest are almost always the most vulnerable, as they have less access to infrastructure, basic services and social safety nets in the event of a disaster More info →
Realizing The Human Rights To Water And Sanitation: Introduction

Realizing The Human Rights To Water And Sanitation: Introduction

The UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque, presented recently a new publication: Realizing the human rights to water and sanitation: A handbook. UN-Habitat has supported the work of the UN Special Rapporteur and welcomes this publication. More info →
Liberia Housing Profile

Liberia Housing Profile

To contribute towards addressing this challenge, the Liberia Housing Profile offers a comprehensive in-depth analysis of the urban housing sector. The Profile contributes to the creation of a framework that enables provision of adequate housing for all. It builds a comprehensive understanding of the functioning of the urban housing sector that can serve as an authoritative reference point for all actors involved in the direct provision or enablement of housing in Liberia. More info →
Land Access and Youth Livelihood Opportunities in Southern Ethiopia

Land Access and Youth Livelihood Opportunities in Southern Ethiopia

This study aims to examine current land access and youth livelihood opportunities in Southern Ethiopia. We used survey data from the relatively land abundant districts of Oromia Region and from the land scarce districts of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ (SNNP) Region. Although access to agricultural land is a constitutional right for rural residents of Ethiopia, the study found that youth in the rural south have limited potential to obtain agricultural land that can be a basis for viable livelihood. More info →
Realizing The Human Rights To Water And Sanitation: Frameworks

Realizing The Human Rights To Water And Sanitation: Frameworks

The UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque, presented recently a new publication: Realizing the human rights to water and sanitation: A handbook. UN-Habitat has supported the work of the UN Special Rapporteur and welcomes this publication. More info →
Accessibility of Housing. A Handbook of Inclusive Affordable Housing Solutions for Persons with Disabilities and Older Persons

Accessibility of Housing. A Handbook of Inclusive Affordable Housing Solutions for Persons with Disabilities and Older Persons

This handbook aims to bridge the existing gap between the needs and rights of persons with disabilities and older persons with slum upgrading, reconstruction, large-scale affordable and social housing programmes. More info →
Women in Post-Conflict Settlement Planning

Women in Post-Conflict Settlement Planning

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Ten principles can be followed to produce the sort of equal post-conflict settlement planning that can help to build communities that have a better basis of becoming peaceful and sustainable. More info →
Gender Responsive Urban Economy

Gender Responsive Urban Economy

Urbanisation has created gender and class-differentiated impacts. UN-Habitat seeks to support city, regional and national authorities to implement improved urban planning policies and strategies that will promote inclusive and equitable economic development; enhance municipal finances; and support the creation of decent jobs and livelihoods, particularly for youth and women. More info →
Realizing The Human Rights To Water And Sanitation: Finance

Realizing The Human Rights To Water And Sanitation: Finance

REALISING THE HUMAN RIGHTS TO WATER AND SANITATION: A HANDBOOK BY THE UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR CATARINA DE ALBUQUERQUE Financing, budgeting and budget tracking for the realisation of the human rights to water and sanitation More info →
Construction of More Equitable Cities

Construction of More Equitable Cities

This book teaches us that the fight against inequality requires the establishment of a new governance paradigm which coordinates efforts, strengthens formal coordination mechanisms, establishes joint responsibilities and provides the resources and incentives necessary at every level of government. Responsibilities should be shared in such a way as to facilitate a more decisive and better coordinated way of confronting inequality in cities. More info →
Streets as Tools for Urban Transformation in Slums.

Streets as Tools for Urban Transformation in Slums.

A Street-Led Approach to Citywide Slum Upgrading. Historically, governments have implemented slum upgrading projects and programmes of varying scale and scope. More info →
Gender Responsive Urban Research and Capacity Development

Gender Responsive Urban Research and Capacity Development

Women, men, girls and boys are differentially affected by the conditions of urbanization. For instance, women are ???invariably disadvantaged compared to men in cities in terms of equal access to employment and shelter, health and education, transport, asset ownership, experiences of urban violence and ability to exercise their rights. These disadvantages are especially marked for poor urban women???1 These gendered dimensions of cities require continual examination if inequalities are to be understood and addressed for equitable and sustainable development. The Research unit can potentially help enhance understanding of this human-urban environment interface from gender perspectives. More info →
Realizing The Human Rights To Water And Sanitation: Services

Realizing The Human Rights To Water And Sanitation: Services

REALISING THE HUMAN RIGHTS TO WATER AND SANITATION: A HANDBOOK BY THE UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR CATARINA DE ALBUQUERQUE Planning processes, service providers, service levels and settlements More info →
Islamabad, Pakistan: Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

Islamabad, Pakistan: Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

Climate change is severely impacting many countries around the world and Pakistan is no exception. With its largely arid geographical profile and resource scarcity the country is particularly vulnerable. From 1929-2005, the return period of disasters has become shorter, reducing from 56 years in 1929 to only 5 years in 2005. The country is susceptible to a wide range of hazards including landslides, floods, droughts and cyclones. The Global Climate Change Vulnerability Index (CCVI) compiled by Maplecroft ranked Pakistan as the 29th most vulnerable country over 2009-2010, and the 16th most vulnerable over 2010-11. More info →
State of China Cities 2014/2015

State of China Cities 2014/2015

This report integrates both the guidelines of the Third Plenum of the 18th CPC Central Committee and the Central Urbanization Work Conference. More info →
State of African Cities 2014 , Re-imagining sustainable urban transitions

State of African Cities 2014 , Re-imagining sustainable urban transitions

This report argues for a bold re-imagining of prevailing models in order to steer the ongoing transitions towards greater sustainability based on a thorough review of all available options. More info →
Realizing The Human Rights To Water And Sanitation: Monitoring

Realizing The Human Rights To Water And Sanitation: Monitoring

The UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque, presented recently a new publication: Realizing the human rights to water and sanitation: Monitoring compliance with the human rights to water and sanitation More info →
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