Global Report on Human Settlements
Posted by Keith Pezzoli on September 21, 2010 at 05:49 PM
Prepared under a mandate of the United Nations General Assembly, the Global Report on Human Settlements provides the most up to date assessment of urban conditions and trends globally. It is an essential reference tool for researchers, academics, planners, public authorities and civil society organizations around the world.
Planning Sustainable Cities
— Global Report on Human Settlements 2009
Planning Sustainable Cities reviews recent urban planning practices and approaches, discusses constraints and conflicts existing, and identifies innovative approaches that are more responsive to current challenges of urbanization. It notes that traditional approaches to urban planning (particularly in developing countries) have largely failed to promote equitable, efficient and sustainable human settlements and to address twenty-first century challenges, including rapid urbanization, shrinking cities and ageing, climate change and related disasters, urban sprawl and unplanned peri-urbanization, as well as urbanization of poverty and informality. It concludes that new approaches to planning can only be meaningful, and have a greater chance of succeeding, if they effectively address all of these challenges, are participatory and inclusive, as well as linked to contextual socio-political processes.
Also worth noting is the UN Habitat newsletter and Listserv. HS-Net membership is open to anyone interested in the issues of human settlements globally; enrollment may be made on the UN Habitat website. http://www.unhabitat.org/categories.asp?catid=555