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The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.

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SDG 11 SYNTHESIS REPORT 2018

SDG 11 Synthesis Report 2018

Tracking Progress towards Inclusive, Safe, Resilient and Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements - High Level Political Forum

13 Jul 2018
This synthesis report acknowledges the many existing and cross-cutting opportunities to achieve development goals through the transformative force that urbanization represents. It also discusses the elaboration of targets, baselines and overall progress for selected indicators, placing special em...
FINANCE FOR CITY LEADERS HNDBK

Finance for City Leaders Handbook

14 Dec 2016
Cities are a driving force of the 21st century. Through bringing large numbers of people into close proximity, they spark economic growth, foster innovation, and generate prosperity. But they face the pressing challenges of creating a livable environment for their residents, enabling economic act...
WORLD CITIES REPORT 2016

World Cities Report 2016

Urbanization and Development - Emerging Futures

Series:
World Cities Report
26 Jul 2016
The analysis of urban development of the past twenty years presented in this maiden edition of the World Cities Report shows, with compelling evidence, that there are new forms of collaboration and cooperation, planning, governance, finance and learning that can sustain positive change. The Repor...
STATE OF URBAN YOUTH RPT 2013

State of Urban Youth Report 2012-2013

Youth in the Prosperity of Cities

22 Apr 2016
This report examines both the developed and the developing world, and how the formal sector is unable to provide adequate employment opportunities for young people seeking gainful work. The inability of national and urban economies to create quality jobs is one of the root causes not just of econ...
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The State of African Cities 2014 (French language)

Re-Imagining Sustainable Urban Transitions

Series:
L'état des villes africaines
16 Dec 2015
The African continent is currently in the midst of simultaneously unfolding and highly significant demographic, economic, technological, environmental, urban and socio-political transitions. Africa’s economic performance is promising, with booming cities supporting growing middle classes and crea...
STATE OF AFRICAN CITIES 2014

The State of African Cities 2014

Re-Imagining Sustainable Urban Transitions

Series:
The State of African Cities
10 Sep 2015
Africa is in the midst of simultaneously unfolding and highly significant demographic, economic, technological, environmental, urban and socio-political transitions. Its economic performance is promising, with booming cities supporting growing middle classes and creating sizable consumer markets....
GLOBAL RPT HUMAN SETTLEMENTS 2013

Global Report on Human Settlements 2013

Planning and Design for Sustainable Urban Mobility

17 Jun 2014
Planning and Design for Sustainable Urban Mobility argues that the development of sustainable urban transport systems requires a conceptual leap. The purpose 'transportation' and 'mobility' is to gain access to destinations, activities, services and goods. Thus access is the ultimate objective of...
STATE OF WORLDS CITIES 2012/13

State of the World's Cities 2012/2013

Prosperity of Cities

2 Nov 2012
What this new edition of State of the World’s Cities shows is that prosperity for all has been compromised by a narrow focus on economic growth. UN-Habitat suggests a fresh approach to prosperity beyond the solely economic emphasis, including other vital dimensions such as quality of life, adequa...
STATE OF ASIAN CITIES 2010/11

The State of Asian Cities 2010/2011

2 Nov 2012
The report throws new light on current issues and challenges which national and local governments, the business sector and organised civil society are facing. On top of putting forward a number of recommendations, this report testifies to the wealth of good, innovative practice that countries of ...
STATE LAT AMER CARIBB CITIES 2012

State of Latin America and the Caribbean Cities 2012

Towards a New Urban Transition

2 Nov 2012
With 80% of its population living in cities, Latin America and the Caribbean is the most urbanized region on the planet. Located here are some of the largest and best-known cities, like Mexico City, São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Bogota, Lima and Santiago. The region also boasts hundred...
STATE OF ARAB CITIES 2012

The State of Arab Cities 2012

Challenges of Urban Transition

2 Nov 2012
The Arab world has played a very important role in the history of urbanization. It is the region where urban civilization was born and where urban matters have been addressed for centuries. The Arab urban civilization, as it has evolved over the past millennium, has generated some of the most bea...
ENABLING SHELTER STRATEGIES DESIGN

Enabling Shelter Strategies

Design and Implementation Guide for Policymakers

21 Feb 2012
Enabling shelter strategies call for a fundamental shift in the role of government, from provider to enabler of affordable housing. While such strategies have been utilised over the last two decades to improve affordable shelter delivery, there remains few publications documenting the underlying ...
COLLECTION MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE

Collection of Municipal Solid Waste in Developing Countries

23 May 2011
This book is intended for developing countries, but, since it seeks to encourage the designing of waste collection systems based on local information, the approach is valid in any given country. The main focus is on municipal solid waste, which is taken to include waste from households, businesse...
STATE OF AFRICAN CITIES 2010

The State of African Cities 2010

Governance, Inequality and Urban Land Markets

Series:
The State of African Cities
7 Apr 2011
This Report goes above and beyond the first Report, which provided a general overview of housing and urban management issues in Africa. While examining poverty, slum incidence and governance, this Report sheds more light on inequity in African cities, and in this respect follows the main theme o...
GLOBAL RPT HUMAN SETTLEMENTS 2011

Global Report on Human Settlements 2011

Cities and Climate Change

7 Apr 2011
This publication reviews policy responses, strategies and practices that are emerging in urban areas to mitigate and adapt to climate change, as well as their potential achievements and constraints. In conclusion, it is argued that urban areas have a pivotal role in both climate change mitigation...
STATE OF WORLDS CITIES 2010/11

State of the World's Cities 2010/2011

Bridging the Urban Divide

21 Apr 2010
The world's urban population now exceeds the world's rural population. What does this mean for the state of our cities, given the strain this global demographic shift is placing upon current urban infrastructures? Following on from previous State of the World's Cities reports, this edition uses t...
GLOBAL RPT HUMAN SETTLEMENTS 2009

Global Report on Human Settlements 2009

Planning Sustainable Cities

22 Oct 2009
Current urban planning systems are not equipped to deal with the major urban challenges of the 21st century, including effects of climate change, resource depletion and economic instability, plus continued rapid urbanization with its negative consequences such as poverty, slums and urban informal...
GLOBAL ATLAS OF EXCRETA

Global Atlas of Excreta, Wastewater Sludge, and Biosolids Management

Moving Forward the Sustainable and Welcome Uses of a Global Resource

Series:
Local Economic Development Series, The
15 Jun 2009
Excreta and wastewater sludge are resources. Finding ways to put them to their best uses is part of developing sustainable human communities. But if not managed properly, excreta and sludge can be dangerous to human health and the environment. How to integrate theses opposing concepts is an ongoi...
STATE OF THE WORLD

State of the World's Cities 2008-2009

Harmonious Cities

30 Oct 2008
The 21st century is the Century of the City. Cities contain both order and chaos. How can city planners and policymakers harmonize the various interests, diversity and inherent contradictions within cities? This report adopts the concept of Harmonious Cities as a theoretical framework in order to...
LOCAL ACTIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEV

Local Actions for Sustainable Development

Water and Sanitation in Asia-Pacific Region

Series:
Local Economic Development Series, The
3 Jun 2008
The Asian continent represents the world’s most populous region with most of the world’s largest cities and it is the global economic powerhouse of the future. Almost two-thirds of the global population without access to safe drinking water and three-fourths of the world’s population without acce...
GLOBAL RPT HUMAN SETTLEMENTS 2007

Global Report on Human Settlements 2007

Enhancing Urban Safety and Security

16 Nov 2007
Enhancing Urban Safety and Security addresses three major threats to the safety and security of cities: crime and violence; insecurity of tenure and forced evictions; and natural and human-made disasters. It analyses worldwide trends with respect to each of these threats, paying particular attent...
FINANCIAL MNGMT FOR LOCAL GOV

Financial Management for Local Government

Series:
Local Economic Development Series, The
15 Jun 2007
This four volume set is designed to cover all aspects of sound financial management for local governments in developed and developing countries and economies in transition. Concepts of good governance, transparency and accountability are woven into the text of every chapter, and the needs and pot...
KEY COMPETENCIES FOR IMPROVING LOC

Key Competencies for Improving Local Governance

15 Dec 2006
Now more than ever, local governments are at the forefront of responding to growing social, economic and environmental challenges. Local elected officials need to develop competencies to effectively perform their political leadership and representation roles. The Local Elected Leadership series p...
PROMOT LOCAL ECON DEV THROUGH

Promoting Local Economic Development through Strategic Planning

Series:
Local Economic Development Series, The
15 Dec 2006
Strategic planning for local economic development is a cornerstone of sustainable development. It involves wise resource use, integrating values and thinking ahead. The LED Training Series uses case studies and real world examples to encourage the evolution of learning-by-doing. The ultimate succ...
WATER & SANITATION THE WORLD 2006

Water and Sanitation in the World's Cities 2006

Meeting Development Goals in Small Urban Centres

28 Jul 2006
Half of the world’s people live in urban areas, and roughly a third of these live in desperate poverty without access to basic amenities. This volume focuses on the deficiencies in the provision of water and sanitation where most of the populations of the developing world live: in towns and small...
STATE OF WORLDS CITIES 2006/07

The State of the World's Cities Report 2006-2007

The Millennium Development Goals and Urban Sustainability - 30 Years of Shaping the Habitat Agenda

28 Jul 2006
Although poverty remains a primarily rural phenomenon, urban poverty is becoming a severe, pervasive – and largely unacknowledged feature of urban life. The findings in this report show how inequalities within cities have profound socio-economic, environmental and political repercussions. First ...
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

Indigenous Peoples' Right to Adequate Housing

A Global Overview

Series:
United Nations Housing Rights Programme
2 Nov 2007
This publication offers a preliminary effort to identify whether, and to what extent, indigenous peoples enjoy the right to adequate housing in different regions of the world. The publication includes seven case studies on the status of housing for indigenous peoples and reviews policies and prog...
GLOBAL RPT HUMAN SETTLEMENTS 2005

Global Report on Human Settlements 2005

Financing Urban Shelter

21 Oct 2005
This Report examines the challenges of financing urban shelter development, focusing on the shelter needs of the poor and within the overall context of the United Nations Millennium Development target on slums. By 2030, an additional 3 billion people or about 40% of the current world’s population...
URBAN TRIALOGUES VISIONS PROJECTS

Urban Trialogues

Localising Agenda 21

6 May 2005
As towns and cities grow at unprecedented rates, sustainable urbanization is one of the most pressing challenges facing the global community in the 21st century. Set in the global debate on sustainable urban development, and covering both theory and practice, this book builds on the insights from...
FUTURE OF CITIES

Future of Cities, The

19 May 2006
The Future of Cities was one of the five key parallel events held during the Nineteenth Session of the UN-HABITAT Governing Council. The objective of the parallel event was to explore and discuss how cities are likely to develop in the twenty-first century, in terms of their form and functions an...