Urban development

World Cities Day: Value communities, today and for the future

Top UN officials have highlighted the “extraordinary” contributions of grassroots communities in towns and cities across the world in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, and urged that their unique efforts be built on, during recovery.

Harness ‘transformative potential’ of urbanization for people and planet

Commemorating World Habitat Day, top UN officials on Monday called for urgent action to provide low-income families and vulnerable populations more secure affordable housing and easy access to water, sanitation, transport and other basic services. 

World Urban Forum: cities must be ‘at the heart’ of sustainable development 

The official opening of the 10th Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF) took place in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, with UN chief António Guterres telling delegates that cities and towns were crucial to deliver sustainable development across the globe during the next decade. 

Better housing means better health and well-being, stress new WHO guidelines

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued new guidelines on Tuesday, highlighting that better homes, invariably lead to better standards of health and overall well-being.

UN agencies inject youthful energy into sustainable development for urban Africa

Underscoring the importance of fully involving the young in decisions affecting their lives, three United Nations agencies announced an innovative partnership on Tuesday with African local governments, designed to inject youthful ideas and energy into urban planning policies.

Well-planned and managed cities can drive sustainable development – UN agency chief

The head of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) said on Wednesday that a week-long conference on sustainable urban development that kicked off Wednesday in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, will open a “global conversation about our cities and human settlements.”

Transform our world by transforming cities: UN chief

Transforming the world “for the better” means transforming our towns and cities through sustainable development and planning.

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A call for more youth participation in global dialogue

Young people should ensure their voices are included in global discussions on development issues.

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