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Nature-Based Solutions for Water

This report demonstrates how nature‐based solutions offer a vital means to address many of the world’s water challenges while delivering benefits vital to all aspects of sustainable development.  


Meeting the urban finance challenge

Many of the investments needed to achieve the 2030 Agenda are made at the subnational level, especially by cities.  


Our cities are on the frontline of changing climate

By 2050 two out of every three people are likely to live in cities with continued growth in urbanization across the world.  


Urbanization: A multidimensional challenge and opportunity for health, well-being and equity

Dramatic images from some of the world’s largest and fastest-growing cities make visible the impact of air pollution. But what the headlines do not capture is the full scope of the profoundly negative…  


Cities 2030: Implementing the New Urban Agenda

In October 2016, the New Urban Agenda was unanimously adopted at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), serving as a new vision for our cities and…  


Transforming challenges into opportunities

A collective hope for our future cities  


Sustainable development in cities is critical to achieving most of the 2030 Agenda

The 2030 Agenda and the new Sustainable Development Goals provide a powerful illustration of the challenges and opportunities cities present. The Habitat III Conference, the largest global development…  


UNDP launches online platform to better address urban poor issues for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals

As a recognition of the growing importance of urban development issues, UNDP today launched an online platform, coinciding with the Third Preparatory Committee for Habitat 3 taking place in Surabaya,…  


Africa: economic transformation hinges on unlocking potential of cities, says the African Economic Outlook 2016

How Africa urbanises will be critical to the continent’s future growth and development, according to the African Economic Outlook 2016.  


Leave no one and no city behind

The world has witnessed rapid and often unplanned urban growth. Cities are where the battle for sustainable development will be won or lost. Between now and 2030, the world’s urban population is…  

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