SDG11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

World Environment Day

On March 15, China announced that it will host the global World Environment Day celebrations on 5 June 2019 with the theme of air pollution.

Approximately 7 million people worldwide die prematurely each year from air pollution, with about 4 million of these deaths occurring in Asia-Pacific. World Environment Day 2019 will urge governments, industry, communities, and individuals to come together to explore renewable energy and green technologies, and improve air quality in cities and regions across the world. 

Planning city extensions for sustainable urban development: a quick guide for local governments in the Philippines

With more than half of the country’s population now living in cities and more people projected to be living in cities in the next decades, Philippine cities, currently contributing to 80% of GDP, are the arena where the battle for achieving our targets on sustainable development goals (SDGs) will be won or lost. Cities are drivers of urban growth being hives of economic activities, centers of cultural enrichment and education, efficient providers of basic social services and employment.

Final Report of Participatory Land Use Planning and Implementation Project

The project “Participatory Land Use Planning and Implementation in Designated Districts: Surkhet,Nawalparasi and Morang” is first exercise in the area of participatory land use planning in Nepal. It was initiated in March 26, 2014 and was completed in June 30, 2015 with seven land use plans ready for implementation that were prepared by adopting a blend of technically top down and practically bottom up planning approach.

Evaluation of UN-Habitat’s Country Programme in Afghanistan, 2012-2016 (1/2017)

The Evaluation Report highlights key achievements on issues such as relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability, among others, and in doing so, guide future programming within the country towards better programme implementation alongside partners in the country. Relationship between HQ, Regional and Country offices is also addressed, detailing evaluation of five key projects from 2012 to 2016.

“From the people, for the people, with the people” Analytic Closure Report of the National Solidarity Programme (NSP)

The National Solidarity Programme (NSP) was a flagship programme of the Government of Afghanistan benefiting from more than $2.3 billion of donor funding. The programme had the goal of building peace and solidarity amongst the people and to empower them to be responsible for local level governance and  development.

Afghanistan Housing Profile

Afghanistan’s future is urban. The population of Afghan cities is expected to double within the next 15 years and by 2060, one in every two Afghans will be living in cities. This transition represents already and will continue to represent, an enormous challenge but also an opportunity for the Government, the private sector, Afghanistan’s international development partners, and, most importantly, households themselves, to deliver adequate housing for all Afghans. Meeting the housing challenge will be an opportunity to build peace and stability in the country.