In today's rapidly urbanising world, half the global population lives in towns and cities. In little more than a generation from now, it is projected that two thirds of humanity will be urban. And with this urbanisation, urban poverty is growing too. In this first decade of our new urban era, there are approximately 1 billion people living in slums and other sub-standard housing around the world.
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Conference on Sustainable Urbanization begins in Kigali
Kigali - 04/09/2013

The Second International Tripartite Conference on "Sustainable Urbanization as Response to Urban Poverty Eradication" opened on Tuesday 5th September in Kigali, Rwanda with a call on nations and development partners to rise to the challenge of unsustainable urbanisation as the international community articulates the global post-2015 development agenda. French

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UN high-level forum spotlights young people’s potential as agents of change
Newyork - 25/07/2011

Hundreds of young people converged on the United Nations in New York today as the General Assembly kicked off a high-level meeting devoted to tackling the challenges facing youth and exploring their potential to bring about change in their societies and in the world at large.


This fund promotes the poverty reduction aims of Millennium Development Goals and the Habitat Agenda for better, more sustainable and equitable towns and cities throughout the developing world. It provides grants ranging from USD 5,000 to USD 25,000 for new ideas and solutions for job creation, good governance, adequate shelter and secure tenure.Read more.

Messengers of Truth

Some of the world’s leading popular artists and musicians from Brazil, Colombia, Kenya, Greenland, Sudan, Germany and South Africa work with UN-HABITAT to raise awareness of urban issues.  Through their performances, they tell passionate stories and highlight issues ranging women’s rights to urban slum conditions.Read more


In 2009, UN-HABITAT launched its new children’s series of books on water and sanitation. Enjoy the stories!

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