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GLOBAL: Links and references on Urban Risk

NAIROBI, 5 September 2007 (IRIN In-Depth) -

The following section outlining links and references is divided into several categories.
- International Organisations
- Non-Governmental Organizations
- Reports and Publications
- Online Journals/Newsletters/Forums

International Organisations
  • United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-HABITAT)
    UN-HABITAT focuses on promoting shelter for all, improving urban governance, reducing urban poverty, improving the living environment, and managing disaster mitigation and post-conflict rehabilitation. Its activities help governments create policies and strategies aimed at strengthening a self-reliant management capacity at both national and local levels.

  • Global Urban Observatory (GUO)
    Through the GUO, UN-HABITAT addresses the urgent need to improve the worldwide base of urban knowledge by helping governments, local authorities and civil society develop and apply policy-oriented urban indicators, statistics and other urban information.
  • United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
    UNFPA supports countries in using data for policies and programmes to address the complex linkages between population dynamics, poverty and sustainable development. Directing more resources to all of these issues is critical to meeting the Millennium Development Goals.
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
    UNDP links and coordinates global and national efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals, including the overarching goal of cutting poverty in half by 2015. They are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them to address global and national development challenges.
  • International Labour Organization (ILO)
    The ILO helps advance the creation of decent jobs and the kinds of economic and working conditions that give working people and business people a stake in lasting peace, prosperity and progress.
Non-Governmental Organisations
  • International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
    IIED provides expertise in achieving sustainable development at local, national and global levels.
  • Population Council
    The Population Council conducts research worldwide to improve policies, programmes, and products in three areas: HIV/AIDS; poverty, gender and youth; and reproductive health.
  • Earth Institute
    The Earth Institute at Columbia University works to achieve sustainable development through education, scientific research and action.
  • Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development
    The Center seeks to address the problems of persistent and concentrated urban poverty and is dedicated to understanding how social and economic changes affect low-income communities and their residents.
  • Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP)
    WSUP supports local service providers around the world to deliver affordable and sustainable water and sanitation services to poor people in urban communities.
  • International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
    IFPRI seeks to provide policy solutions for ending hunger and poverty.
  • Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE)
    COHRE is the leading international human rights organisation campaigning for the protection of housing rights and the prevention of forced evictions. For a list of grassroots organisations that COHRE works with, consult “Grassroots Programmes” in the Taking Action section of the organisation’s website.
  • Worldwatch Institute
    Worldwatch Institute is a Washington, DC-based, nonprofit research and publishing organisation dedicated to fostering the evolution of an environmentally sustainable society.
  • Cities Alliance
    The Cities Alliance is a global coalition of cities and their development partners committed to scaling up successful approaches to poverty reduction. Members promote the positive impacts of urbanisation and the developmental role of local governments and help cities of all sizes obtain more coherent international support.
Reports and Publications
  • State of the World’s Population 2007
    The report deals with urban-population explosion, which will put more than half the world’s people in towns and cities. The surge in urban populations – which will be astonishing in Africa and Asia – is unstoppable and has direct consequences on the urban poor.
  • State of the World’s Cities Report 2006/7 (for online purchasing)
    It is generally assumed that urban populations are healthier, more literate and more prosperous than rural populations. However, UN-HABITAT’s State of the World’s Cities Report 2006/7 has broken new ground by showing that the urban poor suffer from an urban penalty: Slum dwellers in developing countries are as badly off, if not worse off, than their rural counterparts.
  • Human Development Report, 2006. Beyond Scarcity: Power, Poverty and the Global Water Crisis
    The report documents the tragedies associated with the deepening worldwide water crisis and the extreme disparities in access to what ought to be a basic human right. It explains why nations and the international community must act now, as clean water is the foundation for good health, education and better economic opportunities.
  • World Disasters Report 2006 - Focus on Neglected Crises
    International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
    This year's report ventures into the shadows lying behind the brilliantly illuminated disasters of 2005-2006. It combines firsthand reporting from the field with critical analysis of aid flows and donor preferences to highlight places and issues starved of attention. The report calls on aid organisations, journalists, governments and academics to work together to address the symptoms – and causes – of neglected humanitarian crises.
  • The Challenge of Slums – Global Report on Human Settlements 2003
    UN-HABITAT, published in association with UNHCS by Earthscan
    This book estimates the number of urban slum dwellers and examines the factors at all levels, from local to global, underlying the formation of slums as well as their social, spatial and economic characteristics and dynamics. It goes on to evaluate the principal policy responses to the slum challenge of the last few decades.
  • Slums of the World: The Face of Urban Poverty in the New Millennium 2003

    The document presents the results of the first global enumeration of slums at the country level. The data are analyzed and comparisons established at sub-regional and regional levels while trying to understand what is happening globally. This document is the culmination of attempts to come to grips with changes in the way slums are measured, starting by providing an agreed “universal” definition of slums and a clear methodological approach.
  • Cities Without Slums, 2002
    Cities Without Slums includes a brief overview of what slums are and why they continue to exist. It assesses the limitations of past policy responses to slums and lessons learned and reviews the potential of directions and trends towards achieving the goal of cities without slums
  • State of the World 2007: Our Urban Future (for online purchasing)
    Worldwatch Institute
    The report focuses on urbanisation to provide policymakers, strategic planners, researchers, students and concerned citizens a comprehensive analysis of global environmental problems, with descriptions of practical, innovative solutions.
Online Journals/Newsletters/Forums
  • UNDP
    First published in 1990, the reports’ goal is to put people back at the centre of the development process in terms of economic debate, policy and advocacy. It is an independent report commissioned by UNDP and the product of a selected team of leading scholars, development practitioners and members of the Human Development Report Office of UNDP.

  • World Disasters Reports
    Published annually since 1993, the reports bring together the latest trends, facts and analyses of contemporary catastrophes and their effect on vulnerable populations worldwide.
  • World Urban Forums
    The World Urban Forum was established by the UN to examine one of the most pressing issues facing the world today: rapid urbanisation and its impact on communities, cities, economies and policies.
  • Urbanisation
    UK Department of International Development (DFID)
    This newsletter informs readers about current developments in the sector and focuses on the work supported by DFID country programmes and research activities. Each issue carries a range of articles covering current research, new international development, and current and planned initiatives.
  • Environment and Urbanisation
    Published by Sage in association with IIED
    This twice-yearly journal focuses on urban and environmental issues and their interconnections, with particular emphasis on Africa, Asia and Latin America, where most of world's urban population now lives.

  • Development Gateway
    An interactive site for information on sustainable development and poverty reduction and a space for communities to share experiences on development efforts. There is a topic page dedicated to urban development, which gives access to an extensive database of urban-development projects and activities, searchable by sub-topics and with an option to filter each search by country.

  • Dgroups - Development through Dialogue
    An online forum for groups and communities interested in international development. It provides the online tools and services needed to support the activities of a team, a group, a network, a partnership or a community. It also provides access to existing online groups on international development issues, such as environment, economy, governance and human rights.
  • Earthscan
    Earthscan is one of the leading publishers in sustainable development. Earthscan journals are now available online.
  • Environmental Health Perspectives (EPH)
    EHP serves as a forum for the discussion of the interrelationships between the environment and human health. It publishes the best peer-reviewed research and most current and credible news from the field.

Theme(s): (IRIN) Urban Risk


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