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Cities in A Globalizing World — Global Report on Human Settlements 2001
Cities in a Globalizing World presents a comprehensive review of the world’s cities and analyses the positive and negative impacts on human settlements of global trends towards social and economic integration. The report highlights the impacts of globalization in removing barriers and increasing the influence of market forces on policies and city development, including the increased isolation and marginalization of many, especially poor and vulnerable social groups. It documents current housing and urban living conditions, and examines policies and initiatives for improved quality of life across all sectors of urban society. The report presents lessons for urban planning and management policies in support and promotion of inclusive cities and good urban governance.

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Foreword, Introduction, etc.
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Part I. The Development Context: Changes and Challenges
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Chapter 1. Development Contrasts in Human Settlements

Chapter 2. Urban Impacts of Globalization

Chapter 3. Framing Normative Policy Platforms

Part II. Emerging Approaches to Urban Governance and Politics
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Chapter 4. The Changing Context and Directions of Urban Governance

Chapter 5. Politics of the Global City: Claiming Rights to Urban Spaces

Part III. Changes in Housing Finance and Shelter Delivery Systems
(248 KB)

Chapter 6. The Developing Countries

Chapter 7. The Countries with Economies in Transition

Chapter 8. The Industrialized Countries

Part IV. Developments in the Urban Environment and Infrastructure
(424 KB)

Chapter 9. Urban Health in the Developing Countries

Chapter 10. Assessments of the Urban Environment: Water Supply and Sanitation Services

Chapter 11. Impacts of Recent Trends on Urban Transport

Chapter 12. Energy Demands and Consumption

Chapter 13. Decentralization and Urban Infrastructure Management Capacity

Part V. Ensuring Development Prospects
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Chapter 14 Building Capacity

Chapter 15. Strengthening Post-disaster Reconstruction of Human Settlements

Part VI. Building a Common Future
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Chapter 16. Adequate Shelter for All: Strategic Foci

Chapter 17. Sustaining Human Settlements Development: Strategic Foci

Epilogue: Liveability of Cities in a Globalizing World

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Part VII. Statistical Annex
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