of the world’s cities occupy just 3% of the Earth’s land, but account for 60-80% of energy consumption and 75% of carbon emissions – United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)


In Kenya and Nicaragua, 1/3 of woman-headed urban households suffer from lack of durable housing, insufficient living space, poor access to clean water and insecure tenure – UN Habitat


91% of the world’s road crashes occur in low-income and middle-income countries, even though fewer people own cars than in developed countries – World Health Organization (WHO)

Related Processes

UN Habitat / New Urban Agenda

WEDO follows the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development, better known as UN-Habitat. The final outcome document of the recent Habitat III conference, the “New Urban Agenda” sets out the global standard for sustainable urban development.

UN-Habitat organizes the World Urban Forum (WUF), which is the premier conference on urban issues, every two years.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The post-2015 development agenda is now the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 25 September 2015.

The 2030 Agenda forms the new global development framework anchored around 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a total of 169 targets covering economic, social development, and environmental protection. It will determine where political and financial resources are concentrated in the coming decades; as a result, it must be shaped, implemented and monitored by the people whose lives will be impacted by those choices.

The SGDs include a specific goal on Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements, which includes a link to climate change adaptation and mitigation planning.

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